Meet Monia Benbouzid, Minister of Mines of the SOAD

Meet Monia Benbouzid, Minister of Mines of the SOAD

-Could you introduce yourself?
First of all, I would like to express my respect and gratitude for the opportunity SOAD has given me, I’m very humbled.
I’m originally from south Algeria, based in Stockholm, Sweden. I have been leading many organizations through sustainable partnership and exchange of knowledge. I have vast experience from different roles in both public and private sectors. Furthermore, I’ve been engaged in Swedish political arena, by leading the Green party for the city of
Stockholm for a couple of years.
Later as a delegate of the African union working with the remittances of the African Diaspora and following as a founder of the Nordic Working group for Migration and development, A Scandinavian platform aiming to create corridors and opportunities for the entire African Civil society.
Currently as VP of the Green Tech company Nanol Techology, and as Chairman of Eurobatteryminerals.

– What is your vision of panafricanism?
My Main vision as a pan-African is to see a strong and united African continent. The main
goal of the pan-african movement is to get Africans all over the world to unite and to
work together for a 100 % independence in Africa. In order to get there, it is very
important to strengthen the African Diaspora all over the world. The African Diaspora
belongs to the African intelligentsia.

– Who is your favourite character in Panafrican history, and why?
I would say, Franzt Fanon, a leading intellectual in the international decolonization
movement. Fanon perceived colonialism as a form of domination whose necessary goal
for success is the reordering of the world of indigenous. Franzt Omar Fanon has shaped
my view and my perspective throughout my whole life.
– With the onset of technology and investment in Africa, how do you
see Africa and the Diaspora in the 21st Century?
Africa has all the potential to be self-sufficient and self-empowering. From an economic
perspective, Africa is now the second most attractive investment destination in the world.
But all investments are not GOOD investment, we need to advance our national priorities
in our bilateral and multilateral engagements. And we need to be not only present during
the negotiation but also very prepared and clear with our vision.

– What are you planning to do in the future for the State of the African Diaspora?
The potential of our continent is not in doubt.
My plan is to contribute and to support the creation of our own African industrialization,
to cut all dependence on commodities and other raw materials. We need to build our own
infrastructure, with our own value chain to protect tomorrows generation. I want to see
“African ownership”, that find solutions to our own problems.

Short: A sustainable developed and economically integration Africa. This is what we need
to work for.