Annan to press G8 leaders on Africa commitments

Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan assured Saturday that he would pressure G8 leaders, due to meet in Russia in two weeks, to honour the commitments they made to Africa in their last meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, last year.
"On trade, I will urge them to take bold measures to help ensure the Doha round succeeds and truly benefits the countries of our continent," Annan told African leaders at the start of the 7th AU Summit in Banjul, the Gambia.
Ahead of the 1-2 July Banjul summit, a group of African civil society organisations (CSOs) had challenged African leaders to push their G8 counterparts to meet the commitments they made to Africa in Gleneagles.
The G8 summit in Gleneagles 6-8 July 2005 agreed to increase aid for all developing countries by around US$50 billion per year by 2010, of which at least US$25 billion extra per year will be for Africa.
The G8 also agreed that all the debts owed by eligible heavily indebted poor countries (HIPC) to the IDA, the International Monetary Fund and the African Development Fund should be cancelled, while promising universal access to treatment for AIDS by 2010.
But the CSOs said the commitments were yet to be met, one year later.
Going by the agenda of the next G8 summit in St.
Petersburg, indications are that issues of concern to Africa will not get the same attention as they did at the last summit.

01 july 2006 13:37:00

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