NEPAD advocacy tops TICAD III attainments

Tokyo- Japan (PANA) -- Advocacy for the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) has been rated topmost among the main attainments of the 3rd Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD III) that ended here Wednesday.
"TICAD III was successful in bringing together international support for NEPAD in particular, and in expanding partnership within the international community," conference chairman and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori told a news conference after the closing plenary.
"In addition, TICAD III priority challenges were specified in the various development areas and a new initiative toward Africa's development was adopted," Mori affirmed.
Focussed sessions at the three-day conference came up with recommendations in various areas, including the consolidation of peace, for which it advocated capacity building at regional organisations for more effective peacekeeping operations, but more especially to pre-empt and prevent conflict.
The conference called for broader international support for the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) as well as strengthening of the judiciary and legislative bodies to improve governance.
Concerning human-centred development, the conference urged support for the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and polio.
It also stressed the need for improvement in primary health care and health systems across Africa.
It called for cooperation in the management of water resources, urging community-level ownership and responsibility.
Regarding infrastructure, the conference called for prioritising regional and sub-regional projects as well as public and private partnerships to develop basic infrastructure, including utilisation of information and communication technology.
The conference also called for improved management of the economy, including domestic market institutions.
It urged African governments to nurture the production sector, promote the transfer of technology and help small and medium enterprises develop the national industrial base.
Asian countries, the conference urged, should share with their African counterparts the know-how and experiences that propelled the former into economic prominence.
The conference particularly suggested co-operative networks between African and Asian countries in the fields of agriculture, capacity building, technology transfer, trade and investment.

01 أكتوبر 2003 10:56:00

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