CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Agricultural countries in African Union seek to develop manufacturing, industries


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Countries within the African Union, such as Burundi and Morocco, have expressed great interest to further develop their existing manufacturing sources.


“Over 90 percent of Burundi’s economy is based upon the agricultural sector,” the representative of Burundi in the A.U. said. “Since Burundi’s land claims are so small, the average size in farms has decreased from one acre to half an acre.”


The recent strain on farm size has made Burundi and other nations in a similar position look toward developing their nation’s industry to consolidate jobs and strike a balance between the two main economic sectors of agriculture and manufacturing.


Although many countries within the A.U. hold no trade agreements with other regional bodies, such as the EU, some nations encourage others to follow the steps they have already taken.


“Morocco is in a very unique situation right now,” said the representative of Morocco in the A.U. “We have already taken steps to establish relationships with the EU in order to expand our manufacturing developments.”


Other countries, notably Burundi, have taken investments from other entities to develop their manufacturing.


“Recently, China has invested in industries around our capital. Through their investment and other potential investments we may receive from them, we can grow industry in rural areas.” said the representative of Burundi in the A.U.


However, some governments have relied on their citizens to implement change in certain isolated regions of their nations.


“While the government of Morocco has not been working directly with non-governmental organizations, the people of Morocco have been working on a local level to establish change at the most vital level,” said the representative of Morocco in the A.U.


Currently, resolutions are being written from roughly three main blocs based upon the geographical region of countries.