Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel has advocated that the attainment of peace through fair trade will remain a mirage if Africans continue to surrender their unprocessed raw materials for export to advanced countries.
Presenting a keynote address at the 7th London political summit with the theme: Achieving global peace through trade on Wednesday at the House of Commons, Westminster, London, Emmanuel argued: “Until value addition is undertaken by raw material bearing African countries and technology is transferred, fair trade will only remain an ideological concept, existing only in theory.”
The political summit was organised by Carter and Merger Ltd., United Kingdom and chaired by Prof. Kishan Devani BEM, with MP for Peterborough, Hon. Paul Bristow as Parliamentary Host.
Emmanuel was accompanied by Speaker Aniekan Bassey; Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong; Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ekerete Udoh, Special Assistant on Public Relations, Raphael Edem and Dr. Victor Adoji.
While in London, Emmanuel will also attend an investors’ forum, coordinated by Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club and focused on Small and Medium Enterprises, Maritime, Agriculture, renewable energy.