In commemoration of the United Nations day for South-South cooperation, Abuja-based Centre for Policy Advocacy and Leadership Development (CPALD) has appealed to China to show more leadership in driving the global south cooperation agenda
A spokesperson of the group, Tunde Salman, disclosed that China’s experience and emergence as an economic powerhouse with global reach, modernising industries and expanding middle class with rising income and purchasing power remains some of the success stories about Beijing that Abuja must understudy for Nigeria’s own rapid transformation.
The group in a statement made available to the Economic Confidential stated that “Nigeria could benefit from China wide range of knowledge, skills, expertise and resources to meet our development goals and objective through concerted efforts.
“Without doubt, China has transformed itself within a generational space to be an influential actor with global power reach in the contemporary international world order. In fact, no major speeches by US President in recent time seemed complete without constant reminder to the Americans about the Chinese being their principal competitor, a fact now pointing to Beijing Consensus as a reality.”
CPALD Abuja is a Nigerian registered nongovernmental organisation (NGO) engaging in policy advocacy and communication outreach to promote wealth creation and employment opportunities through knowledge management (KM), monitoring and evaluation (M&E), training and capacity development.
Since 2003, the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) through its resolution 58/220 declared every December 19 as the UN Day for South-South Cooperation (SSC) to promote technical cooperation and development among developing countries. The first UN Day for SSC was celebrated on December 19, 2004.
Essentially, SSC is a broad framework for collaboration among countries of the global South in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains that could be rooted in bilateral, multilateral, regional, sub-regional or interregional continental basis. The more reason UNGA even described SSC as an important element of international cooperation for development, which offers viable opportunities for developing countries in their individual and collective pursuits of sustained economic growth and development.