The African Energy Commission had all its delegates giving their opening speeches with the Republic of Tunisia giving a wonderful speech on the problems and solutions to the failure of energy in not just her country, but in the whole of Africa.
According to the delegate from Gabon, Ethiopia has boosted their economy through geothermal energy, the United States of America has good electricity then what can be said about sustainable energy production in Africa?
One of the moderated caucuses was motioned by the Republic of Tunisia requesting for the involvement of private sector and public sector in improving African efficiencies. Another was motioned by the republic of Egypt for Pan African Cooperation in energy production and the sharing of Nile Water resources.
The republic of Mali urged all countries to participate in the R20 and Arca to provide more energy for Africa. Both of these are European and are in the private sectors. They have helped to provide electricity in Mali as well as the rest of the world.
Updates from UNECA
Amongst interested debates raised included South Africa’s delegate proposition to haveMicrosoft play a keyrole in bettering education in the computer science arena given its integral role in the technological space. Having Microsoft in Africa will enable the provision of materials for learning and cultivation if ideas amongst the youth.
The Arab Republic of Egyptalso suggested that subsectors that foreign aid provided to improve education should be managed better as most of these funds end up in the wrong pocket thus denying millions the chance to acquire a good education.The delegate of Egypt went furtheron to highlight the key role played by NGOs in improving education. 300 schools were built in Egypt with the aid acquired from these NGOs.
The 20th of March has finally come, no one thought it would be so soon. As the conference draws to a close and final goodbyes are said, some teary-eyed, the rest generally gloomy.
The dance floor the night before just wasn’t enough to say goodbye. Some delegates were caught up with and interviewed and this is what they had to say:
How was your ALAMAU 2016?
M. A. U bangs yo, this was a crazy six days and you’d have to be silly to not have loved it.
Now that it’s coming to an end how do you feel?
Honestly I’m heart-broken, I never wanted it to end because I learnt so much and had so much fun. That’s the most I’ve had of such a combination for years.
What are you going to miss the most?
The people, honestly everyone was so nice and warm, and I mean everyone from the delegates to the ALA students and even the Glenburn staff.
What’s your next plan after ALAMAU 2016?
To go tell more people about ALAMAU and make them jealous and also to advise them to come, everybody, African and non-African alike deserves this experience because ALAMAU bangs!
As we have finally reached the last day of this exhilarating and life changing conference, you can only help but think what if…what if you didn’t take the initiative to come here, what if your lovely and wonderful parents didn’t give both their emotional and financial blessing for you to attend this program, would you have learned anything? Would you have gained any knowledge to do with politics, pan Africanism, leadership and history?
The ALAMAU conference not only converges and integrates various cultures, ethnicities and people from diverse backgrounds it teaches and encourages in my opinion something that we have been lacking for over 20 years and that is in fact pan- Africanism. But what is this ‘thing ‘ you have kept hearing at this conference for the past few days called pan- Africanism? Well, I would like to define it as ideology, just like any other taught in our history books only that it encourages the solidarity of Africans not only in Africa but worldwide and the diaspora. It is based on the belief that unity is a vital part to the economic, social and political progress and aims to ‘ unify and uplift people of African descent’.
To me this is what ALA aims to do, although with more of a twist, accepting anyone for their religion ethnicity and beliefs, which is to me… the key in life. This conference without knowing, teaches delegates the importance of self-confidence, Networking, exerting leadership potential and the importance of growing yourself as and individual… This conference encourages taking initiative,integration and unity of cultures, people and beliefs into one…this is ALAMAU.
On the 18th of March 2016, students of African Leadership Academy hosted the ALAMAU delegates and faculty advisors at a cultural night. The delegates were welcomed to a variety of African delicacies which included chapati and mandaazi from East Africa, puff puffs from West Africa, cocktail kebabs and corn from Southern Africa and finally, samosas and cookies from North Africa. The different regions of Africa then merged into one drama performance that aimed to fight common stereotypes attached to each region. Indeed, the spirit of Pan-Africanism was evident in the room through the crowd’s animated reactions to the performances.
There was also a memorable performance by the dance group, African dance who earned a standing ovation by the audience.
The highlight of the ceremony, however, was the launch of ALAMAU’s first ever newspaper, ALAMAU Times.
At the end of the show, Mrs. Duba, a faculty advisor said, “This was a spectacular event. It was so enriching as it let me know more about Africa as a whole. I really appreciate the hard work of the ALAMAU team and I would encourage them to keep up with the good work. I really enjoyed it and would definitely love to attend more ALAMAU conferences.”
Today was an eventful day filled with dances, parliamentary procedures taking effect, and terrorism? Delegates in the Ad Hoc committee cowered as citizens stormed in to protest, demanding for the deposition of the incumbent president of the republic of Burundi, president Pierre Nkurinziza. The deposition was lead by the republic of Kenya hoping to remove what his been an abuse of power and endorsement of corruption, as he has been in presidency for a long tenure of 11 years, from 2005 until the present time.
This in fact is evading the law, and a lawless state, government or organization is one that is dimmed to be lead by a short route of chaos and political instability. As delegates carried on with their day-to-day discussions and procedures. A group of angry demonstrators and protesters broke in with a chant “your president must step down!” The protesters then took it upon themselves to perform acts of violence towards the delegates and diplomats in the room. This then caused a sense of fear and stiffness to be infused within the committee and its members.
After the crisis occurred, unmoderated caucuses were held in trying to come up with a solution on the crisis pertaining Burundi and its president, delegates voted for the motion to depose the president of Burundi, and so it was done.
The flying debris of broken glass and bowls flying forced delegates to take cover behind nothing but the placards bearing their names and their countries, it surely showed to be a more than eventful day and one to remember at the convergence and beginning of the 2016 AlAMAU conference committee hearings and proceedings.
I would call myself a foodie but then again I also just love food—good food. For the past few meals at Glenburn Lodge, I have found myself constantly checking my watch in anticipation for lunch and dinner. Is it going to be chicken? How is it going to be prepared? Roasted maybe? Grilled?
The staff has been the most welcoming. They have made me feel like I am right at home, watching an episode of Suits with my feet stretched out on the table. Music that accompanies all meal times however makes it difficult to concentrate on my plate and I find myself having to decide whether I should stand up and shoki or just enjoy the leafy greens.
Can’t wait to see what’s in store for lunch later!