President Museveni has said that the Caribbean, Brazil and the United States should not be separated from Africa because they are one.
Museveni made the comments yesterday during the 9th Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
The two-day summit at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, attended by several heads of state from the 79-member state group, is running under the theme, “A Transformed ACP: Committed to Multilateralism”.
He discouraged the idea that Africa should be separated from the Caribbean.
“I don’t know where that idea came from. I don’t think it’s a good one. Why do we separate ourselves from the African diaspora? The Caribbean, the US, Brazil these are part of the African Diaspora,” he said.
Museveni also pushed for fair trade on the globe, citing that it would help fetch countries out of underdevelopment.
According to Museveni, the current trade systems are only enriching a few countries while they continue keeping the rest in underdevelopment.
“The challenge in the globe in the last 300 years has been unbalanced development. Since the Industrial Revolution in Europe, we have had development in some corners of the globe and underdevelopment in others.”
Whereas the discrepancy was being sorted with some third world countries like India getting out of poverty, Museveni noted, it was important that the push encompassed all countries.
“The expectation is that the whole world should get out of under-development and we work for global prosperity. It should be prosperity for all of us instead of having a small number of people who are prosperous and the majority who are in underdevelopment,” he said.
He told the attentive audience that one of the tools to ensure this prosperity happens is to enforce fair trade.
“When we trade together, we stimulate growth in our respective countries. However, in order to trade, we must have the basics. We must resolve the issues of infrastructure, cost of production, cost of money and the human resource,” he added.