Mbeki leaves for Accra to attend AU Summit

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) – President Thab-o Mbeki left for Accra, Ghana, Saturday where he will lead the South African government delegation at the African Union (AU) Summit scheduled for 1-3 July.
The AU Summit is due to discuss the critical issue of a unity government for Africa, on the basis of recommendations made by the meeting of African foreign ministers in Durban in March.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said here Saturday that President Mbeki while in Ghana will participate in the meeting of the AU Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC) of NEPAD where South Africa's peer review report will be tabled for discussion.
Mbeki will also participate in the launch of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund.
The Fund is intended to help address the challenge of access to capital for infrastructural development on the continent and will provide a backbone for African growth and economic development.
It will help address the challenges of those regions of the continent with huge infrastructural projects but without enough equity capital to finance them.
And following the conclusion of the AU Summit in Ghana, President Mbeki is expected to visit Cote d'Ivoire on the 4 July, at the invitation of Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, ahead of the scheduled 'Flames of Peace' ceremony in Bourke to mark the symbolic start of the disarmament process in Cote d'Ivoire.
The ceremony is expected to be attended by, among others, President Laurent Gbagbo, President John Kufuor of Ghana and President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso who played a major role in facilitating the Peace Agreement between President Gbagbo and his Prime Minister Soro.

30 june 2007 18:49:00




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