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Africa: Integration Key to Africa's Prosperity - Uhuru

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the prosperity of Africa lies in the economic integration of the continent and increased investments in women and the youth.
 
Underlining the need to quicken the pace of integration, President Kenyatta said the economic fragility of the African continent over the past 50 years has arisen partly due to Africa's fragmented markets, which has placed economies in competition with each other rendering them too small to compete globally.
 

Speaking on Friday in Cape Town where he is attending the World Economic Forum on Africa, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that deeper integration will widen the market for goods and services.
 
"This will enhance intra Africa trade and investment which will facilitate the growth of African economies and uplift the living standards of the people."
 
The Head of State who was speaking during a session of the World Economic Forum deliberating on the theme of 'Africa in 2063' outlined his vision and perspective of Africa in the next 50 years.
 
In addition to integration, President Kenyatta emphasized that the future of Africa was embodied in the youth and women, saying that Africa not only has the youngest population in the world but also that the majority of the population are young people.
 
"For Africa to achieve sustainable development and prosperity, we need to invest more on the youth especially in education. We must also empower women who constitute half of our population."
 
The president said his government will invest in the youth as a priority especially in providing education and equipping them with entrepreneurial skills.
 
"We are also mainstreaming ICT in the education system to ensure our youth have solid grounding in modern information and communication technologies and in order to nurture the culture of innovation that has increasingly taken root in our country."

Read more on allAfrica.com

By Presidential Press Service, 10 May 2013

Copyright © 2013 Capital FM. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com).

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