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08.05.2008 General News

President Kufuor Calls For Partnership For Africa

By Our Reporter - newtimesonline.com

President John Agyekum Kufuor on Tuesday addressed the 'Business Call To Action' meeting in London.

It was attended by UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and some major world captains on businesses and industries

The three-day meeting is an initiative by the UK government in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to galvanise support from world major industries and businesses to respond to the challenges developing countries face in meeting Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

Ghana and Rwanda are the only two countries in Africa with developmental progress meeting some of the MDG targets.

Business tycoons at the meeting, which was opened by Mr. Gordon Brown, were Neville Isdell, CEO of Coca Cola, Michael Klien , Chairman of the Institute Clients Group of CITI, Paul Walsh, CEO of DIAGEO, Graham Mackay, CEO of SABMiller and Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International.

Also in attendance were Hiromasa Yonekura, president of Sumitomo Chemicals, Arun Sarin, CEO of Vodafone, Mo Ibrahim, of Mo Ibrahim Foundaion and Professor Jeffrey Sachs.

President Kufuor urged the gathering to look seriously to Africa not with aid but for well-meaning partnerships that would catapult Africa out of its present predicament.

He said: 'It is easy to make a million dollars in Ghana, and Africa for that matter, than anywhere else in the world'.

This assertion was colloborated by many other speakers after him.

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