Cape Town – 10 June 2009: The Africa Progress Panel (APP), chaired by Kofi Annan, has called on African leaders to turn the current global economic meltdown into an opportunity for the continent on the basis of shared responsibility with their international partners.
- Priority needs to be given to job creation, integrating climate change into development strategies, and addressing food security noting that national capacities to tackle these challenges are still very limited;
- African leaders must champion a strong common African position on climate change on the run-up to Copenhagen (this is an international conference in December this year in the Danish capital on climate change and global warming);
- African leaders must “heed their commitments regarding governance, accountability and transparency”, adding that “the trust of their own citizens is the best possible basis for success”.
- Africa needs immediate assistance to maintain financial flows and stability. The APP specifically calls on G8 and OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries to extend the cut-off date for the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Programme from the end of 2004 to the end of 2008 to give Africa’s poorest countries more economic leeway;
- Donors must deliver on their aid commitments to help governments meet urgent needs, leverage financial flows and in the long run reduce aid dependency;
- Emerging partners – such as Brazil, China and India – can become champions of development in Africa. “Their development experience, particularly with respect to food security and health, uniquely positions partners from the global South to support achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa”;
- International partners should support a stronger African voice in the international institutional architecture.
The full publication, ‘New Multilateralism’, is available at: www.africaprogresspanel.org
The publication was produced by the Africa Progress Panel Secretariat and compiled by Murithi Mutiga, an editor with the Nation Media Group, Kenya.
The 11 contributors are:
Kofi Annan, Chair, Africa Progress Panel
Michel Camdessus, Former Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, former member, Commission for Africa and member of the Africa Progress Panel
Goodall Gondwe, Minister of Finance, Malawi
Gilbert Houngbo, Prime Minister, Togo
Trevor Manuel, Minister of Finance, South Africa
Simon Maxwell, Director, Overseas Development Institute
Festus Mogae, Former President of Botswana and winner of the 2009 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
Linah Kelebogile Mohohlo, Governor, Bank of Botswana, former member, Commission for Africa and member of the Africa Progress Panel
Todd Moss, Senior Fellow and Director of The Emerging Africa Project, Center for Global Development
Benno Ndulu, Governor, Central Bank of Tanzania
Ngaire Woods, Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford
The Africa Progress Panel is comprised of Kofi Annan (Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Laureate), Tony Blair (former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Michel Camdessus (former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund), Peter Eigen (founder and Chair of the Advisory Council, Transparency International), Bob Geldof (musician, businessman, founder and Chair of Band Aid, Live Aid and Live8, Co-founder of DATA, former member of the Commission for Africa), Graça Machel (women and children’s rights activist, President of the Foundation for Community Development), Linah Kelebogile Mohohlo (Governor, Bank of Botswana), Olusegun Obasanjo, (former President of Nigeria), Robert E Rubin (Chairman of the Executive Committee, Citigroup, former Secretary of the United States Treasury), Tidjane Thiam (Chief Financial Officer, Prudential Plc, former member of the Commission for Africa) and Muhammad Yunus (economist, founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Laureate)
Full profiles of the Panel members are available at: www.africaprogresspanel.org
Deriving its origins from a key recommendation of Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa, the Africa Progress Panel was launched in April 2007 as an independent authority on Africa to focus world leaders’ attention on delivering their commitments to the continent. The APP promotes Africa’s development by tracking progress, drawing attention to opportunities and blockages and catalyzing action.
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