Dr. Ladislas Agbesi, President of the Pan African Business Forum (PABF), in the video below called for a symbiotic relationship between the diaspora living in SA and the indigenous people to forge strategic partnerships in order to make SA a reliable and friendly bridge to the continent.
He underscored the importance of building a broad church that is inclusive and diverse to deliver the promise of a borderless and seamless Africa in which the African identity is not divisble into tribes especially having regard of the history and experiences of South Africa involving the white tribe of Africa pretending through rule by law to build a society divided by race.
He made the point that residents and citizens from the continent have already spoken by arriving and making SA home that they are an integral part of the conversation on what should be the personality and character of the country.
Mr. Koomson from Ghana remarked as follows: “My country of birth is Ghana. I came to SA to advance not only personal interests but as part of my contribution to build an inclusive, diverse, open and progressive Africa using SA as the African address in as much as nation-states like UAE, France, USA, UK have been used as centres for negotiating what kind of civilization can best secure the prize of raising awareness that Identity Politics undermines the human spirit.”
Dr Agbesi stated that the diaspora is a brain trust and can conveniently bridge SA to play a strategic role in shaping and defining a new African personality.