Jammeh urges African integration to fast track development

Banjul- Gambia (PANA) - – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh Saturday called for African integration so as to fully harness the continent's natural resources for the benefit of its people.
Speaking at the opening of the 7th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in Banjul, he explained that through integration, Africa would benefit greatly from economy of scale and maximise resources for rapid development.
The Gambian leader also stressed the importance of a common market for Africa.
He thanked the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for reforming the UN, but described a situation whereby "no African country has a permanent seat on the Security Council" as "a mockery of democracy and good governance.
" "Brother Annan has done an excellent work in his ten years service to humanity.
His achievements include making the UN more inclusive, more responsive and more democratic," Jammeh affirmed, adding that it was time for Africans to "cease to be voiceless members" of the world body.

01 july 2006 21:25:00

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