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Lula and Wade in Opposite Corners

Posted on 08 February 2011 by admin

By Koffigan E. Adigbli

DAKAR, Feb 8 (TerraViva) – The liberal doctrines imposed on the world’s poorest countries no longer have a place in modern societies, says the former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Credit: Abdullah Vawda/IPS

Former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Credit: Pepe Petos / WSFTV

Lula, as he’s popularly known, appeared alongside Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade at the World Social Forum in Dakar, where he is taking part in a gathering of altermondialistes from around the world. Lula delivered a speech in which he showed himself to be resolutely optimistic in the face of the current economic data.

“The world economic order will no longer be shaped by a few dominant economies,” he said.

“In South America, but above all in the streets of Tunis and Cairo and many other African cities, a new hope is being born. Millions of people are rising up against the poverty to which they are subjected, against the domination of tyrants, against the submission of their countries to the policies of the big powers,” said Lula.

He also appealed to Africa to take cognizance of the continent’s potential and the extraordinary future that awaits it, with its 800 million inhabitants and its immensely rich land, which could allow it first of all to achieve its independence in food production.

“For too long, the rich countries have considered us as the dangerous and problematic margins, but those who have arrogantly given us lessons on how we must manage our economies, have not themselves been able to escape the crisis born at the centre of world capitalism,” he said.

On his part, President Wade clearly presented himself as a defender of economic liberalisation. He went so far as to reveal that he was not in agreement with the anti-globalisation movement, even if he shares with them the idea of changing the world, which he acknowledges is in need of reform.

“I am a supporter of the market economy and not the state-run economy which has failed everywhere or near it in the world,” he said, adding that he has long campaigned for a seat for Africa on the United Nations Security Council.

“If you who are here, if you had supported this idea, then Africa would already be on the Security Council. Since 2000, I have followed your movement and I still – excuse my frankness – ask myself this question: have you succeeded in changing the world at the global level?”

(END/2011)

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