Continental emergence demands a more inclusive and organized African Union

The emergence of the African continent in the context of the global health crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic requires a more inclusive and more organized African Union, believes Youssef Amrani, Moroccan ambassador to South Africa, for whom bygone ideologies must leave room for pragmatism by making law and action prevail over all other political considerations. In a column published by the magazine Jeune Afrique, the Moroccan diplomat questions the issues surrounding health systems on African territory and suggests better coordinated actions between the various chancelleries of the world in order to better counter the effects of the health crisis. According to Youssef Amrani, the Covid-19 exposed institutional shortcomings of multilateral governance weighed down by bureaucratic redundancies and operational failures. Therefore, it is clear that an overhaul is necessary, with a view to strengthening the mechanisms and procedures of international institutions, he says, pleading for “to place diplomatic action within the framework of a multilateralism of complementarity which is based on a common base of values, visions and strategies “. In the eyes of the Moroccan ambassador, world governance must gain in flexibility without losing credibility: “It is not a question of imposing the will of the strongest on the weakest, but of finding the consensuses of a global coherence. where each party would assume its obligations “. He underlined, in this regard, that the balance of power must give way to the “relationship of interdependence”, because “unilateralism has no coherence in a world of invulnerability”. In this context, underlines Youssef Amrani, “the whole stake for African diplomacy will be to equip its international deployment mechanisms to convey the same message and pursue the same ambition”. For this, “the African Union of tomorrow must be more inclusive, more coherent and more organized”, and its diplomacy stronger and more competent. For him, the diplomacy of tomorrow will not only be exercised in the corridors of foreign ministries, but also in those of large multinationals, laboratories, think tanks, not to mention television sets and universities. And “if the diplomat desert these corridors, he desert the ground and the very object of his action,” he warns, assuring that “faced with a wider spectrum of actors in international society, the diplomat stands out as a pivot which transmits information and negotiates the decision “. While innovation will become a tool and an end in geopolitical and geostrategic games, the diplomat must gain expertise and responsiveness to evolve in an environment that he must be able to transform according to the demands of the moment, recommends- he does. “The ability to rely effectively on social networks and new communication technologies will constitute the obligatory attributes of future diplomats”, affirms Youssef Amrani, stressing that the gradual dematerialization and digitization of the diplomat’s work are inevitable, to such an extent that Today we are seeing the emergence of a form of virtual diplomacy. And to underline, in this context, that “the importance of ‘soft power’ in diplomacy will increase, particularly in its scientific and technological variations. Innovation will become a tool and a finality in the geopolitical and geostrategic games. The diplomat will have to broaden the spectrum of its interlocutors by engaging in a more efficient way the scientific community, multinationals, civil society and NGOs which are now essential and often decisive actors in international relations “. In this forum, the Moroccan ambassador also pleaded for a united and responsible approach, like the one advocated by Morocco. “On an African scale, it is up to us to always look to the future of this continental emergence, which unites identities and mobilizes the strengths of an African nation with unequaled living forces,” he said, stressing that ” the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI has made the advent of Africa a perspective not only desired but drawn in favor of a global vision, inclusive action and a united and responsible approach “. “Internally and internationally, HM King Mohammed VI’s vision is that which places the human dimension at the heart of priorities, by conditioning all development perspectives first and foremost on well-being and health and the security of African citizens, “notes Youssef Amrani. Moreover, he said, “the historic decision to generalize social coverage, for all Moroccans, in reality presides over this same culture of altruism, this same approach of responsibility and this same humanist conviction” .