Africa Week kicks off at UN headquarters

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Sam Kutesa. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Africa continues to be an attractive destination for increased investment, according to the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa.

Mr. Kutesa spoke on Monday at a high-level panel on "The Africa We Want: Support of the United Nations system to the African Union's Agenda 2063."

The meeting kicked off Africa Week which is observed by the United Nations each year.

In his statement to inaugurate the week, Mr Kutesa said the expected adoption of Agenda 2063 in January next year will be a critical step in shaping Africa's development over the next 50 years.

"With a population of about 1.1 billion people, a combined GDP of over $2 trillion and impressive rates of economic growth in many countries, Africa continues to be an attractive destination for increased investment. The rate of return on investments is higher in Africa than in any other developing region and foreign direct investment inflows into the continent reached over 50 billion in 2013." (24")

Mr. Kutesa said it is essential to finalize, embrace and implement Agenda 2063 by making it a central part of international development plans.

He identified the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa as one of the key challenges that Africa is currently facing.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1’29″

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