The events we are witnessing on the world stage make us leading actors, privileged witnesses, and willing victims of our own evil. With all due respect for the law!
In fact, two phenomena whose consequences we could hardly imagine would be reversible are now revealing their ugly side to us. First of all, there is the globalisation of trade, which is supposed to bring the players in international trade to a kind of balance through interdependence. However, in practice, the premise of equity and freedom has proven to be superficial and hasty, as it has not taken into account in any way the inconsistencies in the capacity and undervaluation of production from the southern regions.This is in contrast to the premium given to products from the northern regions, which are considered to be better developed, because they are manufactured by more advanced industries.Not to even mention national selfishness, modestly called protectionism.
The second phenomenon discussed here highlights the disparity and contagion effects of the first. It is about the globalisation, which is also one-sided, of crisis issues, in particular. Thus, any discrepancy reported in the health, safety, agro-food or environmental system of the countries of the North has an even greater impact on the States of the South. The current inflationary crisis in commercial products is quite illustrative of the magnitude of this other “butterfly effect”. The occurrence of a possible reciprocity effect is still awaited.
For us Africans, the need for sovereignty is therefore essential, especially in areas that are crucial to the development of our states and the lives of our peoples. Of course, the time needed to achieve this depends on the starting point, the means to be mobilised, and the effort of will.