Inaugurating the hydro-electric dam of Kale, Guinea.
Kale, Guinea, October 12 1963
“Our struggle for ‘Africa for the Africans’, the success of which looked remote not only to colonial powers but also to Africans has become a reality today.
We cannot say Africa is for Africans when the economy of an African country is run by foreigners while the people have only nominal independence. We dare say that Africa is for Africans only when we see such economic projects as this dam constructed with the partecipation of Africans and when we cherish the hope that Africans will be the sole proprietors of such works of progress in the near future.
We can say that the President and people of Yugoslavia think and work for the liberation and progress of Africa, as Africans themselves do. They have stretched their helping hand not only here in Guinea, but they have also helped Ethiopia in similar ways.
We have fully realized the fact that the people of Yugoslavia work for others as hard as they do for their own country while they were working in Our own country.
(…) Now if this great undertaking had not got the right receptive hand it would not have materialized to the extent of becoming the country’s vital economic project.
We would like to thank you for the kind and respectful gesture you have bestowed upon Us for opening and inaugurating this dam.
Long Live African Unity. May We express Our fervent desire and hope in the evolution of the final phase of this unity.”