Leaders highlight robust economic growth in Africa

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68th session of the General Assembly

Deploring conflicts in Syria and elsewhere, world leaders highlighted the complementary relationship between peace and development as the General Assembly wrapped up the second day of its annual general debate.

President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said security remained the most important prerequisite for development, which would be “a hypothetical” without it.

On the other hand, peace in Africa required development programmes that provided real responses to the uncertainty stemming from the poor global economic situation, said President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, emphasizing that his landlocked country sought to boost growth and ensure a better quality of life for its people.

Several of the more than 30 speakers taking the floor spotlighted robust economic growth in Africa.

President Macky Sall of Senegal said that declining official development assistance (ODA) was not meeting the needs of African countries, and the dynamics of progress were leading them to explore innovative financing mechanisms and social development projects. He said the continent was no longer “a zone of turmoil and humanitarian emergencies”, but “an emerging pole of opportunities and investments”.

In Côte d’Ivoire, President Alassane Ouattara noted, the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals had been deadlocked, but thanks to its favourable economic performance, the country had started moving forward. He said the Government had adopted an ambitious national reconstruction plan for 2012-2015, with a view to creating 200,000 jobs a year, a considerable number given the country’s size.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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