Conference in Abudja
ABUJA—A HIGH powered international development conference on Africa development is billed to hold in Abuja later this month. The conference is to discuss how the $25billion aid provided by development partners would be spent, among other issues. Top global development experts and ministers across the continent are expected to be in Abuja later to attend the crucial conference to discuss issues related to increasing aid and reaching the 2015 target for attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa. The theme of the conference is Financing for Development; from Commitment to Action. The conference is being organised by the Federal Government in collaboration with the African Development Bank, ADB.
Disclosing this in Lagos on Friday, Minister of Finance, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, said that hitherto issues related to Africa development were conceived and developed out side Africa but that the tale has changed and Africa issues are to be discussed and developed within Africa. She said Nigeria is hosting the first of such meetings which in the future will rotate among Africa countries.
According to the finance minister, “Among those expected at the conference are British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Gordon Brown; President of the African Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Donald Kaberuka; Chairman of the African Union, Prime Minister of Mozambique, Ms Louisa Diogo and famous rock musician and activist, Bono (real name: Paul Hewson). Also expected to participate at the conference are Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Mr. Abdoulie Janneh; Senegal’s Minister of Finance, Bourkinabe Minister of Education, Mr. Mafhieu Quedrougo and many others”.
She said “The forthcoming conference is a fall out from the commitments made by the group of eight industrialised countries (G8) and the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2005 to support the implementation of the MDGs. The conference will focus on addressing the challenges of translating these commitments to action by coming up with strategies to encourage the industrialized nations to fulfil their pledges. To achieve this, the conference will examine the impediments in the way of achieving these objectives and proffer solutions to ensure that Africa’s development partners deliver on the G8 and UNGA commitments of increased assistance.