New Ethiopian leader confident about Africa's prospects
With Africa home to some of the world's fastest growing economies, the 21st century will belong to the continent, Ethiopian Prime Minister told the General Assembly on Friday.
In his first address to the gathering as Prime Minister, Hailemarim Desalegn echoed comments made by other world leaders about what they have labelled "an African century."
"Africa is indeed changing, and changing for the better. There is no greater human rights violation than attempts to put obstacles to the success of this ongoing transformation of Africa which would have enormous salutary implications for hundreds of millions of Africans. Africa is no longer the marginalized continent of the 1980s and of the period even a little beyond that." (Duration: 26″)
Prime Minister Desalegn also paid tribute to the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who died in August, calling his death as a huge loss for the country and the continent.