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Africa must intensify efforts to tackle socio-economic challenges: AU

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The African Union Executive Council says Africa must intensify efforts to tackle socio-economic challenges.

The council is meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, to look at the financing of the Agenda 2063.

South Africa is represented by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Naledi Pandor.

Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta says, “We need to acknowledge that we are still facing considerable challenges in areas such as poverty reduction, job creation and free movement of people, and ensuring a secure and peaceful Africa.”

“These issues require our full attention, we look forward to seeing ourselves do better, domesticate, finance, coordinate and build capacities in the delivery of agenda.”

AU Deputy Chairperson, Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa says the acceleration of the implementation of Agenda 2063 is vital, especially if the continent seeks to overcome its challenges.

“We are also undertaking to ensure our public institutions at all levels are more responsive to the citizen’s needs. We also need to make a reality that Africa is resolving conflicts amicably.”

Nsanzabaganwa further says the AU is ready to make a valuable contribution at the G20 following its admission.

“As we pursue our vision, to have an equal say in global affairs, allow me to thank everyone for the efforts made in the African Union’s admission to the G20. Let’s ensure our citizens are not left behind in our developmental endeavours, be it at local, national or continental level.”

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