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Africa's problems could only be resolved through African solutions

         Date: 2012-04-26

           Tag: Africa solutions, Africa problems

Summary: Africa's problems could only be resolved through African solutions, South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Africa's problems could only be resolved through African solutions, South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Speaking to members of Parliament, Nkoana-Mashabane urged African countries to rely on themselves to eradicate conflicts, achieve sustainable economic development, enhance continental interconnectivity through infrastructure and promote intra-African trade.

She also called for the consolidation of democracy and good governance in African countries and the provision of education, food security, health, shelter, and jobs to all people.

The recent events in Mali and Guinea Bissau were a reminder of the problems still existing and the fragility of democracy on the continent, she said. "In this regard.

We are at one with the ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States) and the AU in rejecting unconstitutional changes of government and secessionist tendencies."

She stressed the role of the African Union (AU) in leading African countries to achieve these goals.

The AU needed to do more on the development of the African continent, including fighting and reducing poverty, inequality, and underdevelopment, the minister said.

She urged the AU to do more to accelerate integration in all spheres, using regional economic communities as building blocks, and uphold African interests in global affairs.

"These priorities inform the contribution that South Africa will continue to make to the programs and activities of the AU," she said.

She said her ministry would further focus on advancing South Africa's national interests through the enhancement of South-South and North-South cooperation, and advancing South Africa's national interests through participation in institutions of global governance.

She said South Africa is committed to "a better and safer Africa and the world."

"We will continue our engagement in post-conflict reconstruction and development support to both countries in the interest of peace, development, and prosperity."


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