Mozambique supports Blair's Africa Commission report

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Mozambique has expressed support for the report of the Commission for Africa, set up by British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
A statement by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, distributed to journalists covering the just-ended 5th Ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in the Libyan city of Sirte, pledged support for the Commission's position on poverty reduction in Africa.
This involves debt relief, a doubling of development aid, and the removal of trade barriers.
Guebuza, who was attending his first AU summit met Monday in Sirte with the British Minister for Overseas Development Hilary Benn, and noted that the Commission's report coincided with the economic and social development objectives of the Mozambican government.
He said the report would complement the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), and stressed that the Commission's recommendations "be implemented as soon as possible and in an efficient manner so that they may have an impact on the lives of Africa's peoples.
" Guebuza also said the debt relief announced last month by the Finance Ministers of the G8 group of most industrialised nations, was "an important contribution to the fight against poverty.
" Fourteen of the 18 countries to benefit from the debt cancellation are from Africa.

05 july 2005 19:39:00

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