TICAD reaffirms need to support Africa, says Mwanawasa

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa Sunday said the Tokyo International Conference on Africa's Development (TICAD) reaffirms the need for the world to lend greater help to Africa's socio-economic and political growth.
Speaking to journalists at the Lusaka International Airport shortly upon arrival from the just-ended third TICAD meeting in Japan, Mwanawasa said the conferees agreed to take political steps in meeting the developmental and investment needs of Africa.
He disclosed that TICAD would hold its first major investment conference on Africa next year during which governments and the private sector would unveil business and investment opportunities in the respective countries.
Mwanawasa said he expected that developing countries in Asia known commonly as 'the Asian tigers' would attend the meeting to share with Africans their economic policies and experiences that resulted in such phenomenal success in Asia.
Mwanawasa said he was looking forward to the effective participation of the Zambian private, financial and banking sectors in the TICAD meeting.
On the home front, the Zambian president said a major focus now would be the 2004 national budget and the upcoming national political consultative conference known locally as the 'National Indaba.

05 october 2003 13:31:00

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