Building capacity to help Africa trade better

Celebrating Mandela Day 2023


Celebrating Mandela Day 2023

On 18 July every year, we celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day, an occasion for all to take action and inspire change.

“While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. The steps that are needed from the developed nations are clear: The first is ensuring trade justice. I have said before that trade justice is a truly meaningful way for the developed countries to show commitment to bringing about an end to global poverty. The second is an end to the debt crisis for the poorest countries. The third is to deliver much more aid and make sure it is of the highest quality.”
Address at Live 8, Johannesburg

July 2005

“We need trade justice: no more subsidies and tariffs from the West that harm the exports and the people of Africa and the developing world. We need help to build infrastructure so that Africa can take advantage of trading opportunities and be given a fair chance to compete in the world economy.”

4 February 2005

“Is globalisation only to benefit the powerful and the financiers, speculators, investors and traders! Does it offer nothing to men, women and children who are ravaged by the violence of poverty? To answer ‘Yes’ to these questions is to re-create the conditions for conflict and instability. However, if the answer is ‘No’ then we can begin to build a better life for all humanity.”

3 February 2005

“For Africa to re-integrate, its economies must industrialise and modernize, and their success in doing so will depend on the framework within which this occurs.”

29 January 1999


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