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Post G8 - Africa

2005

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A historic opportunity

  1. This is a moment of opportunity for Africa. Its leaders have embraced a new vision for the continentís future which recognises their leading role in addressing the continentís challenges and realising its opportunities.


  2. There are now just ten years in which to take the action needed for all developing countries to meet the Goals agreed at the Millennium Summit in 2000. We should continue the G8 focus on Africa, which is the only continent not on track to meet any of the Goals of the Millennium Declaration by 2015.


  3. Important progress has been made. In the past five years, more than two thirds of sub-Saharan African countries have had democratic elections. Inflation is a fifth of levels a decade ago. Growth in sixteen African countries averaged over 4% in the past decade, higher than in any major developed country. 24 African countries have now signed up to have their progress reviewed by their peers. And the promotion of good governance, peace and security and economic development is at the heart of the African Union (AU) and its programme, the New Partnership for Africaís Development (NEPAD).


  4. The G8 has focussed on issues of importance to Africa at every Summit since the late 1990s (see Annex I).




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