President Yoweri Museveni has lashed out at the developed countries for perpetrating parasitic practices where developing countries suffer poverty and keep begging while the developed world gets richer.
This theme adds another nail in the coffin of the old parasitic arrangement where only a small portion of humanity – those living in the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand – are in affluence while the rest of the world live in abject poverty.
The President was yesterday addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA where the 1st Lady accompanies him, Hon. Janet Museveni who is also Minister of Education and Sports.
The 71st UN General Assembly is running under the theme “The Sustainable Development Goals: a Universal Push to Transform Our World.”
President Museveni was, however, optimistic that the logic of the developed countries always living in affluence has now been challenged not only in China and India where people are now richer but also in Africa, a continent with a lot of accumulated disadvantages.
“In Uganda’s case by 2004, 56% of the people were living in poverty. Today that figure is 19%. It is hoped that by 2017, it will be reduced to 10%,” he said.
The President noted that the development of Africa and China is beneficial not only to Africa but to the whole world.
“The USA is today exporting goods and services to China worth US$120 billion per year. The EU is exporting goods and services to China worth US$356 billion,” he said.
Regarding the issue of bottlenecks to development, President Museveni said that although this is a different way of diagnosing and providing a prescription for the problems of under-development, “we are happy that, at last, the global agenda captures most of the ingredients necessary for growth and transformation of societies as happened in the past for those societies that pioneered the Industrial Revolution.”
Mr. Museveni called for total elimination of the pseudo-ideology that exploits identities of people basing on religion, tribe, race and gender among others so that focus should be put on people’s interests like balanced trade.
“This, however, is many times eclipsed by the shallow promotion of chauvinism of religion, tribe, race or gender even when one’s religion-mates, tribe-mates, race-mates are doing nothing or little for ones prosperity,” he said.
He noted that the recent growth through trade by China, India, etc, in their interaction with the USA, EU, Africa, etc, showed the power of this stimulus. He said that through these occurrences, the global body should, therefore, understand and blacklist pseudo-ideology of sectarianism and chauvinism of groups.
President told the world body that all the past mistakes and the present ones are linked to this pseudo-ideological problem adding that imperialism, slave trade, colonialism, neo-colonialism, the ongoing sectarian conflicts in many parts of the world all, in one way or another, spring from pseudo-ideology.
The President also called on African countries to embrace common markets saying that it is easy to trade with China, India, the USA, Russia, Brazil or Indonesia because they are markets of 1.3 billion, 1.2 billion, 350 million, 200 million and 200 million respectively because they are societies under one political authority each while Africa has to grapple with fragmented markets, which must be rectified.
“In Africa, we are already moving. Hence, our EAC, COMESA, SADC, ECOWAS and, ultimately, the Common Market of the whole of Africa as we agreed, recently, in Kigali, Rwanda,” he said.