Fruits brought by efforts for economic self-reliance

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By Ri Song Il
Member of Korea-Africa Association (KAFA)

The African countries are nowadays setting it as their principal national policies to achieve economic self-reliance, and striving for their implementation.

First of all, many countries have set self-sufficiency in food as a way out from the ever worsening food crisis. And they are putting forward strategies for agricultural development, which reflect the specific conditions of their countries and actively pursuing them.

Democratic Congo is increasing the state assistance for setting up zones of processing agricultural produce in all of its 26 provinces, organizing agricultural cooperatives and modernizing the rural infrastructure.

Senegal has also set the self-sufficiency in food as its top priority, and increased the expenditure of its national budget for this purpose by 1.5 times, compared to last year. It is also taking various substantial measures such as supplying seeds and fertilizers to the farmers at low price.

Gabon has taken the steps since the first half of this year for all farmhouses to cultivate family plots for growing vegetables. Meanwhile, it is disseminating the method of growing vegetables and the technique for processing them.

The African countries are also focusing their attention and efforts on the economic construction which relies on their domestic raw materials and other resources.

Angola has put up the goal of producing daily necessities on its own during the period of 2020~2022, and to this end is adopting measures on favorable treatment such as giving benefits to the businesspersons who invest in setting up production facilities of daily necessities at home. Meanwhile, an assembly factory of mobile communication devices was inaugurated in Equatorial Guinea in October this year, and the country is now capable of selling mobile phones and other mobile communication devices and electronics to several countries in Africa and the rest of the world.

In Burkina Faso, a new knitting mill commenced its operation in November this year, thus laying a foundation for solving the clothes problem for its population as well as contributing to increased national income by manufacturing a large amount of cotton cloth at home – a far departure from the previous days when the good-quality cotton had been exported at cheap price

The efforts of the African countries to attain self-sufficiency in food and to build a national economy that relies on domestic raw materials and other resources are now beginning to bear valuable fruits.

We appreciate and support the efforts of the African countries for achieving economic self-reliance, and we will strive as ever to strengthen and develop the economic cooperation with these countries in various areas including agriculture, public health and construction.

(KCNA - December 6, 2020)

Korea-Africa Association (KAFA)

As one of the civil organizations sponsored by the DPRK MFA, the mission of which is to promote political, economic and cultural cooperation and exchanges with the peoples of the countries in the African region.

The KAFA undertakes exchanges, mutual visits and cooperation with the NGOs and the policy institutes of the countries in the African region.

The KAFA is composed of President, Secretary General and staff members. It also involves diplomats, people from policy institutes and other experts.

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