The third webinar series of the “Nkabom-Journey for Peace and Development”, an initiative by the Abibman Foundation and Abibman Global has ended successfully on Saturday 8th August 2020 via Zoom.
The programme which is the third of its kind brought together great speakers, stakeholders, investors and participants to deliberate on issues of national development and promotion of peace among the African countries on the continent.
The theme for the programme was “the role of Africa’s diaspora in the promotion of sustainable peace and development in Africa, the Ghana case study”. The aim is to engage Africans in the diaspora to gather thoughts and put together plans to help develop the continent.
Sharing her experience on her encounter with Africa, the Founder of the African Diaspora Chamber of Commerce, Madam Pat McCants said the only problem Africa is facing is lack of vision. She narrated her ordeal during her stay in Africa.
“I tried to make an investment, bring investment dollars into Ghana this year, I have access to bringing this amount of foreign investment in the billions of dollars, so I came to Ghana and reached out to a friend who is connected to the government and there is a common thread with Africa as a whole because I have dealt with other African countries aside Ghana and there is one common thread preventing Africa from reaching the Africa Dream, and that is Africa lacks vision,” she said.
“the African leader only thinks about winning one election to the next, the Chinese coming in with investment is concerned about a 100-year bid, they don’t care about your four vision, they are interested in who is going to be in power, can you execute the plan when it changes every four years unless one party stays in for eight years, that was my experience, I came in to do housing, wasted energy, there were some other things and you know what that was now, they said our election is coming up in December, we are not we going to get back in, so we need you to make sure you take care of us, so in case our party don’t back in, then we utilized and suck the life out of the four year period of being in office”, she added.
She indicated that the actions of African leaders are driving away most investors like her but nonetheless the diaspora community is poised to bring in investment to develop the continent.
“the statement made me take my investment elsewhere and that’s the problem with Africa, so when we come in as the Africa diaspora, those who are descendants of slavery, we don’t do the remittance because most of us don’t know where to send our remittance to, so we are coming in with our investment dollars so that saying we are coming in with a 400-year vision, we are coming in to reconnect to our land, our people, our culture and we are looking at the long term of that which was stolen from us, and we are coming in with our money, we are making a difference, you how they say it, let your money do the talking, we are coming with the investment” she noted.
Abibiman Foundation is a Non-Profit Oriented, Non-Partisan, Non-Governmental Organization (RGD G5, 895, DSW 2525), established in 2000 and dedicated to the promotion of a culture of peace and amelioration of conflicts, wars and refugees situations.
It seeks to do these through the promotion of knowledge which is based on cultural, civic, human and environmental rights to positively impacts on democracy, good governance and development. Abibiman Foundation, therefore, promotes cultural, formal and non-formal education as well as technical and vocational skill development to enhance employment and job opportunities for a better standard of human.
It focuses attention and resources on promoting the balance between the biodiversity our ecosystem and sustainable development, and the implications of the environment, land and water usage (agriculture, mining and infrastructure development, etc.), land degradation and climate change.
The Foundation upholds the principles of the United Nations, African Union and the eight (8) Africa Regional Economic Communities (ECOWAS, AMU, CEN-SAD, COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, IGAD and SADC). Abibiman Foundation is, therefore, an accredited member of the UNFCCC, UNGC, GEF, UNCAC Coalition and ECOSOC of the United Nations.