Emperor Rex Tillerson Visits Africa in March

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Next month U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits African countries. He will likely go to the countries where the U.S. believes it can cement neo-colonial relations, including countries where U.S. soldiers are based.
His visit offers nothing meaningful or positive for Africa. Africa’s path to progress can only be mapped by Africans.

Most African countries enjoy immense natural and mineral resource wealth. Most have not been able to convert these into wealth and prosperity for domestic as well as international reasons.

Ambassador of Imperialism–Rex Tillerson.
Domestically, dictatorial rule has led to instability in many African countries. Political uncertainty, when accompanied by repression, is detrimental to peace and stability, which are fundamentally required conditions for socio-economic growth.
Externally, African countries are taken advantage of by the wealthy industrialized regions, including the United States, Europe, Japan and China. African countries sell raw materials to these regions and import manufactured products whose prices appreciate disproportionately relative to commodities and minerals sold by African countries.
African countries have not been able to create domestic manufacturing industries in the more than half-century that they have been formally
independent from colonial rule. This is because most African countries access loans for “development” projects from the World Bank and
financing for balance of payments deficits from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In order to be eligible for the financing African countries are required to pursue what’s known as “Structural
Adjustment.” This is a fancy word for neo-colonialism. It means African countries can’t subsidize domestic industries. As a result
African countries have not been able to create manufacturing industries.
Yet, every country that has industrialized did so by protecting their domestic industries –the United States, Britain and other European countries, and Japan, South Korea, and China and others. The industrialized countries still protect industries and that’s why there is often talk of “trade wars.” Right now the U.S. under the Trump administration is threatening to raise tariffs on steel to protect
U.S. domestic production and jobs. Yet, at the same time, the U.S. is threatening with punitive measures, economically weak African countries such as Uganda, Rwanda
and Tanzania if they continue with their tariff against imports of used clothing.
These African countries argue that restrictions against importation of used clothing is the only way they can develop their own textiles industry.
So on the one hand the World Bank/IMF and the Western industrialized countries insist that African countries let “market forces” operate, while the industrialized developed countries themselves don’t follow such rules.
This is not surprising — the developed countries don’t really want competition. They would rather have African countries be permanent exporters of raw materials and importers of factory manufactured products.
In truth, African countries are independent only on paper. During colonial rule, lasting mostly from the 1880s to the 1960s, European countries extracted Africa’s resources to build their industries.
Today, African contries continue to export raw materials that are creating wealth and prosperity for the West; not for Africa.
Independence remains but an illusion for all African countries.
Nothing good can come from Secretary Tillerson’s trip to Africa. Only Africans can liberate Africa. This can only start by economic cooperation amongst African countries so they can map uniform economic policies that allow them to use Africa’s resources to create domestic manufacturing industries and in that way
create wealth and prosperity for Africans.
Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s Pan-African visionary outlined a roadmap for Africa in “Neo-colonialism The Last Stage of Imperialism.”

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