African experts discuss co-operation

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- African Experts began meeting Monday at Gallagher Estate near Johannesburg to streamline and promote security, stability and development co-operation on the continent.
The conference will examine certain general and specific principles in the areas of security, stability and development co-operation, turn them into commitments for action, and later establish procedures that would monitor their strict compliance.
Within each of the security, stability and development co- operation processes, member states will have to set key performance indicators, which include economic growth, savings and investments, capital flight, foreign direct investment and infrastructure.
They also include common standards, industrial development, trade, agricultural productivity, poverty alleviation, customs unions and common markets, natural resource management and co- operation in the areas of health and education.
The Conference on Security, Stability and Development Co- Operation is closely linked to the creation of the African Union, and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
It serves as a tool for the advancement of community objectives as described in the Constitutive Act of the African Union, experts say.
While the Conference on Security, Stability and Developmental Co-Operation covers the spectrum of activities of the African Union, it also serves as a barometer for sustaining and measuring progress, the Director-General of Foreign Affairs, Sipho Pityana, who heads the South African delegation, said.

10 december 2001 12:17:00

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