AFRICAN UNION (AU)
Chair: Sharon Moy and Winston Lau
This topic addresses one of the biggest problems in Africa is abject poverty. Due to a lack of funding for education, the poor cannot get a good education, leading to an inhospitable climate for improving one's own class. Through this topic, delegates will examine the reasons for this cycle of poverty and social immobility in Africa specifically. Using this knowledge, delegates will and find possible solutions to peck away at the vicious cycle. Specific ideas to address the issue can be brought together to create a multifaceted plan which could greatly reduce the suffering of our fellow Africans.
African countries are highly dependent on international bodies for economic and military support necesary for their own stability. The continent is rich in valuable, natural resources that can be extracted and processed, yet citizens continue to face extreme poverty. Many countries are undeveloped and not developing, leading vast amounts of wealth untappable for Africans. This also leads to the economic instability of many nations, which can completely collapse at the whim of the markets of one or two commodities. Delegates will research past trends of the economy of their African country and find solutions to improve stability and potential growth of their nation, and the region as a whole.
Addressing the Issue of the Lack of Modern Science and Engineering
While in nations like the United States, companies are investing tens of billions of dollars into deep learning and quantum computing technologies, the fast growing technology sector hasn't a foothold in many African countries. Since education standards are oftentimes lower than the rest of the world, and infrastructure is lagging behind by decades in some regions, the education of students in modern sciences is poor. Likewise, African engineers are in low numbers, a troubling sign for the future of a continent with significant infrastructure problems which contribute to social and economic stagnation. Delegates find debate the sources of the issue, and will propose unique solutions solutions to the problem of the lack of growing technology in Africa. The African Union has a vested interest in ensuring that Africa reaches its full potential as an economic powerhouse in the 21st century, and hopes to see work constructive to this idea.