President of Ghana Appeals to the UN for Partnership in Africa


The President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 23rd, has asked the asked that the world stop sympathizing with Africa, and instead offer partnership.He has emphasized the necessity for Africa to build up its economy by increasing the worth on its exportable goods. He states, “We need to add value to our natural resources by setting up industries in our countries that will add these values.”

Mahama urges other nations, particularly those in the West, to accept that Africa does not need to be handed money and aid. Rather, Africa needs nations to connect with on an economic level. He assures the United Nations that through endurance- and a sustainable economic partnership- Africa will thrive. Between 1980 and 2012, Ghana’s Human Development Index (HDI), which measures development through life expectancy, educational attainment, and income, rose by .9% annually to .558. In addition, the HDI for the Sub-Saharan region of Africa has risen to .475.See HDI Source:

“It’s not sympathy we want; it’s partnership, the ability to stand on our own feet. It’s not handouts we’re in search of; its opportunities. We have already shown that with time and the right opportunity, Africa can make it.”
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