The Council for Afrika International, a think-thank based in the UK has observed that the World Economic Forum (WEF) risks being a talking shop unless Davos 2011 tackle the fundamental undercurrents of global recession.
A statement issued by Dr Koku Adomdza, President of the Council and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said for the past 40 years, the well-connected WEF had been part of the edifice of the global economic order under which Africa over a period of time recorded an annual $1.06 trillion frittered out of the continent.
The statement said the international community should recognise and acknowledge the contributions by Africans to global wealth creation.
“The realisation of a developed and industrialised Africa will not only be of benefit to Africa and the African people, but also a stabilizing factor on the African Continent and healthy for global civilization”, it added.
Afrika International therefore expect African leaders attending Davos, who have all experienced what abject poverty is, to effectively advocate on behalf of the long-suffering Africans who are the source of their mandate, to whom they must feel accountable and the African continent which they symbolise.