around the world from American pop and jazz to Cuban rumba, Africa’s culture permeates the world. Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen: Even during the colonial period, Africa’s impact on Western Europe and the New World was undeniable. As the “scramble” for Africa by Western powers intensified, much of Africa’s wealth, in terms of her raw materials was transferred from Africa to the West and African skilled labor was later employed through the infamous Trans-Atlantic slave trade to work in the fields as well as build infrastructure in the New World such as roads and buildings. Against this introductory background, I will now focus on post colonial and contemporary Africa, her political and economic resurgence and end with the new Africa paradigm.
AFRICA’S POLITICAL INFLUENCE
In recent years many African nations celebrated an important milestone of 50 years of independence. At the same time, this milestone also marks a continent that has come of age and is determined to chart its own independent course. From a political perspective, Africa has made significant progress. There are more democratically elected governments and multi party states today than at any time since independence. Political pluralism has taken root in almost the entire Continent and is strongly supported by the African Union. Governance has also improved and there have been many successful reforms and many more are underway. In Equatorial Guinea for example,
H.E. President OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO
signed and officially promulgated Fundamental Law Reform on February 16 2012. This reform