World Economic Forum Re: WSF
- This weblog entry by British Broadcasting jourmnalists covering the World Economic Forum suggests that Africa was not covered that much. The bookmark does permit comments, might be a good idea if Sam has time to put a few of his reports up there and indeed anyone else who feels we need to tru to keep connecting the conversation http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davos07/2007/01/the_promise_of_africa.shtml
The promise of Africa
One year ago, Africas future was one of the biggest topics at the World Economic Forum. Bono launched his Red campaign, Tony Blair continued to push for debt relief for Africa, and trade talks focused on helping developing nations.So today it was time to take stock, check whether delivering on the promise of Africa had actually happened.On the panel:
- 26 Jan 07, 07:14 PM
Everybody agreed that progress had been made, but considering Africas problems, that doesnt really say a lot.With such a high-powered panel, though, its probably best to let its members speak for themselves:Tony Blair
- Tony Blair, UK prime minister
- Bono, musician and anti-poverty campaigner
- Hubert Burda, German media tycoon
- Bill Gates, Microsoft boss and chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation
- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and Africas first female president
- Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank
- Thabo Mbeki, president of South Africa
- Kumi Naidoo, boss of the Civicus - World Alliance for Citizen Participation
- Sadako Ogata, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
I hope the important momentum [to help Africa] is redoubled again for the G8 summit in Germany [in June this year].
If we cant get this world trade round going, it will depress Africa and failure of the trade talks would be catastrophic for Africa [Thabo Mbeki nods in agreement]Donald Kaberuka
Debt relief has been of some help, but the key factor have been Africas own efforts What Asia has done, Africa is capable of doing as wellKumi Naidoo
If money can be raised at short notice for war, $300bn for Iraq then if the will is there we must be able to raise money to abolish poverty as well.
Africa is probably the richest continent below the ground, but the poorest above ground. All we ask for is justice, a fair trade system.Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
We need infrastructure, we need roads. The farmers dont want money for education, they want roads so that they can trade and earn money, and then, they say, we can pay tuition fees.
In the case of Liberia: Get rid of debt and that will free us up to achieve our objectives.Thabo Mbeki
Lets not add new programmes and projects. But lets remove the things that block implementation [of previously agreed projects]
Yes, we made progress, but [are we] satisfied? No! And that is because we have insufficient capacity to implement what we had agreed [a year ago]Bono
Twenty million children have gone to school [last year] as a result of resources freed up from debt cancellation.
Corruption is Africas number one problem, above HIV Aids, Malaria and TB. Just ask your African friends.
But there is also corruption north of the equator. If [Africans] sell us orange juice instead of oranges, we slap a tariff on; if they sell chocolate instead of cocoa, we slap a tariff on. This is corruption.
At the [next] G8 summit in Germany we will know whether we made progress. If we failed, it is corruption of the worst order.Hubert Burda
We the media are reporting the wrong kind of Africa: crisis, wars, famine. Dont show Africa as a crisis, but show the beauty tell the positive stories [from this continent]
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