Zuma: Africa must fund its own future development

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Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (L) smiles as she is greeted by Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe next to South Africa's president Jacob Zuma ahead of the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg June 14, 2015.

JOHANNESBURG – African countries must take responsibility for funding developmental goals on the continent, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.
 
“We cannot fail in the implementation of agenda 2063, to identify, lead and fund our own development in the future,” said Zuma at the Sandton International Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
 
“To realise our vision, we continue to support attempts to establish sustainable and predictable sources of funding for the African Union that will ensure less reliance on development partners for the implementation of our African projects.”
 
Zuma was officially welcoming African heads of state to the 25th AU Summit.
 
He said Africa must create an enabling environment for its people’s socio-economic development and integration.
 
“In particular, we need to continue to address the conflicts on the continent and come up with a decisive plan of action to address the current scourge of terrorism. It remains important to ensure that the necessary preventative measures are established,” said Zuma.
 
The high-level summit is being hosted by South Africa under the theme “2015: Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development Towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.
 

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