The African Global Economic and Development Summit 2017 scheduled for mid March this year was cancelled due to lack of Africans. About 100 guests including speakers and government officials from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa were all denied visas. It is not clear whether this accrues from President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting people from six mainly Muslim countries including Somalia, Libya and Sudan from entering the country.
Africa should brace for the positive and negative effects of a Great America. A great America indirectly triggered the end of political colonisation and facilitated an interconnected World, thereby offering a platform for prosperity to millions across the globe. The downside to a great America was forcing the American will on countries (especially in Africa and the Middle East); fanning the cold war and triggering the financial crisis that shook global markets in 2008.
America should push for grow-Africa scenario, both in terms of productivity and global participation in order to give hope to the continent in the emerging new World order. If Africa grows, it will offer markets and opportunities for the Great America as well. This will also reduce the migration pressure that has become a campaign issue in the US and many Western capitals.