End ideological disorientation, boost market integration – Museveni
President Yoweri Museveni has told the UN General Assembly that the world is a better place with spread of affluence around the world, citing developments in China and India. He said the old affluent societies and the new ones are today both benefiting.
“The USA is today exporting goods and services to China worth US$ 120 billion per year. The EU is exporting goods and services to China worth US$ 356 billion,”Museveni said on Tuesday. “Hasn’t the spread of affluence benefited more people?”
Museveni said that the equal relationship between the producer of a good and a service and the buyer of the same, both in ancient times and modern ones, is the greatest stimulus to global prosperity.
Addressing the UN General Assembly debate on “The Sustainable Development Goals: A universal push to transform our world”, he said the topic helps challenge old thinking that one could not be affluent without doing so at the expense of somebody else.
“This is a good topic. It adds another nail in the coffin of the old parasitic arrangement where only a small portion of humanity ─ those living in the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New-Zealand, lived in affluence while the rest of the world lived in abject poverty,” Museveni said in New York.
Museveni however said there are two bottlenecks Uganda has noted that are not fully captured in the MDGs and current 17 SDGs the world has adopted in the past decade – ideological disorientation and market integration.
“There are two crucial bottlenecks that are missing in the SDGs. These are: ideological disorientation which, for us, is bottleneck number one and market integration which is bottleneck number 6 . ”
Museveni said that all all the past mistakes and the present ones are linked to this problem. Imperialism, slave trade, colonialism, neo-colonialism, the ongoing sectarian conflicts in many parts of the world, all, in one way or another, spring from pseudo ─ ideology. ”
On market integration, he said “In Africa, we are already moving. Hence, our EAC, COMESA, SADC, ECOWAS and, ultimately, the Common Market of the whole of Africa.”
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