SA’s Dlamini-Zuma says AU must build bridges (and roads and railways)

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Addressing a gathering of representatives of the Progessive Women’s Movement of South Africa in Pretoria on Sunday, Dlamini-Zuma said the African Union’s vision of more integration could only be reached if infrastructure on the continent was drastically improved.

“How do we connect ourselves?” she asked, pointing out that transport and communication links were not doing enough to connect countries with each other.

She said there could be no integration, as envisaged by the AU, unless there was proper infrastructure linking the African countries.

Dlamini-Zuma also said she thought integration would be further helped by the Pan African Parliament (PAP) becoming a legislative body which would “harmonise legislation” across the continent.

But integration could not be successfully achieved if peace was not achieved on the continent.

“How do you build a railway in the middle of a war[zone]?”

She said that while the continent had many challenges it also had many opportunities of which it needed to take advantage, and enormous agricultural, energy and human resource potential. Read more…

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