Ex-British PM Gordon Brown outlines dreams for Africa's growth

Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Immediate past British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, on Saturday offered a rare praise to African leaders, saying the regular peer review of Africa's leadership was a model for the world.
"The peer review you have created is something in Africa that is a model in the world," Brown said in a landmark speech greeted by smiles from a dozen African leaders present during the opening session of a NEPAD leaders Summit, which opened ahead of the main African Union Summit on Sunday.
The African leaders, who planned to debate immediate steps to be taken to ensure Africa's economic, social, environmental and health prosperity, also received tips and Brown's pledges to help in spurring the continent's economic growth, which he said was also an issue of interest to the world.
"The future is in investing together in a future that we all share," the British politician said in his first major international appearance since losing the UK elections in May this year.
"Africa's growth has inspired the world.
There are 8.
5 million extra children in Africa going to school and hundreds of millions of dollars in aid have been spent on Africa," he said.
But he insisted the aid to Africa was not charity, saying Africa held the hope for the world's future growth.
He said every dream lost in Africa was a loss to the global economy.
Every job lost is a global economic loss and every dream not realized by an investor in Africa was a negative for the global economy.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who invited the former UK Premier to the meeting of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), praised him for leading the UK's drive to fulfill international aid commitments to Africa during his reign as the British Prime Minister.
Meles said Brown was responsible for steps to increase UK's spending in Africa, which almost reached the levels agreed by the Group of Eight most powerful nations on the globe, the G8.

25 july 2010 10:37:00




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