Mbeki leaves Tuesday for G8 summit in Gleneagles

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki currently in Sirte, Libya for the African Union summit is expected to depart Tuesday at the end of the summit for Gleneagles, Scotland ahead of the G-8 Summit scheduled 7-8 July.
According to a statement released here by the department of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will accompany President Mbeki who will participate in two different interactions with G8 leaders.
Mbeki will participate in the G8 + 5 Dialogue on Thursday which will be an interaction between G8 leaders and leaders of countries of the South -- namely South Africa, Brazil, China, India and Mexico.
Representatives from the UN, IMF, WTO and the World Bank will also participate in their discussions on global economic issues and climate change.
On Friday, President Mbeki will join the African leadership collective, led by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and leaders of Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt and Algeria, in the G8-Africa Session.
Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa explained that as part of preparations for the Africa-G8 summit, President Mbeki has, in his interaction with G8 leaders and in various fora called for practical outcomes based on commonly agreed set of priorities reflected in the NEPAD programme and in the G-8 Africa Action Plan (G-8 AAP).
Mbeki and African leaders have called on the G-8 summit to formulate specific recommendations for the implementation of the G-8 AAP adopted at the 2002 Kananaskis summit.
The African leaders have also urged the G-8 to agree on the implementation of specific projects aimed at addressing the priority areas of NEPAD including ICT (Information and Communication Technology), infrastructure and agriculture development.
The leaders say it will also be imperative that resources to ensure the implementation of these projects are also available.
African leaders are also calling for a consensus on debt relief for African countries which transcends the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative and also to reach consensus on the outcomes of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations with particular reference to the matter of agricultural subsidies.

05 july 2005 12:14:00

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