NEPAD remains a strong framework for pan-African socio-economic development: PGA

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Experts now agree that Africa offers the most promising prospects for economic growth in the world, with Sub-Saharan Africa as the second fastest-growing region, according to the President of the General Assembly, Dr. John Ashe.

In remarks delivered on his behalf in the General Assembly Friday, during a joint debate on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the President noted that NEPAD remains a strong framework for pan-African socio-economic development and the essential blueprint for promoting development on the African continent.

The president's statement was delivered by the Permanent Representative of Timor Leste Her Excellency Ambassador Sofia Borges.

“The continent can also be justly proud of the establishment of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which has become a key component of NEPAD and marks its 10th anniversary this year. Through this mechanism, African countries have committed themselves to the promotion of good governance in all its dimensions—corporate, political and economic. With over 30 African countries voluntarily joining the APRM, the Continent is clearly demonstrating its commitment to good governance, transparency and democratic principles.”

The statement noted that because NEPAD is so critically important for pan-African socio-economic development, it is vital that the international community continue partnering with African countries and the AU on its implementation and on alleviating developmental challenges on the continent.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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