Algerian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Narcedine Sai says African countries should pool their resources together and trade with one another to grow their economies and succeed in the second phase of their agenda of economic liberation.

In an interview with the ZBC News in Harare today, Ambassador Sai said the signing of the continental free trade agreement earlier this year puts Africa in a better position to compete with other continents on the international markets and uplift the standards of lives of the African people.

His remarks come as Africa approaches the 55th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU), which is now the African Union (AU).

The anniversary is being celebrated under the mantra of fighting corruption which is resonating well with Zimbabwe’s efforts in that area.

“Political independence from colonialism has since been achieved by all African nations except the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, and the objective is now to attain economic independence,” said Ambassador Sai.

Saharawi is colonised by a fellow African nation, Morocco.

Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to China, Cde Paul Chikawa said Africa is on course to achieving the goals of the founding fathers, adding that unity among the member countries is the answer to attaining economic freedom.

Africa Day is celebrated on the 25th of May annually to remember the founding of the continental body, OAU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1963.