Baroness Amos, Foreign Office Minister for Africa, will give the keynote speech to the annual conference of Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) on 17 November.
In her speech, Baroness Amos will underline Britain’s strong support for the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD): 'an African-led process with a strong sense of African responsibility in responding to the continent’s challenges'.
Baroness Amos will say:
'It is clearly an African-led process, with a strong sense of African responsibility in responding to the continent’s challenges. Sound political and economic governance are recognised as central to Africa’s development. Its leaders are seeking a new type of partnership with Africa’s international friends, based on shared responsibility and mutual interest'.
One of Africa’s continuing challenges is the 'human tragedy unfolding in Zimbabwe'. Baroness Amos will say:
'If ever there was an opportunity for African leaders to demonstrate political will to resolve this serious regional problem, it is now. Collectively, the region has the influence to bring Zimbabwe through this dangerous phase, and help to restore democratic structures and basic human rights.
'The situation in Zimbabwe is a matter of concern for the whole of the international community. But I believe SADC’s intervention, as the neighbours who are most directly affected by Zimbabwe’s political and economic instability, is particularly significant'.
Notes for Editors
1. In August 2001, the Prime Minister appointed Foreign Office Minister Baroness Amos as his Personal Representative on the G8 group which works in partnership with African leaders to take forward the New Partnership for African Development (formerly known as the New African Initiative). The group will work with African counterparts and international partners on an action plan to be approved at the G8 summit in Canada in June 2002.
2. Godfrey Kanyenze, chief economist at the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), will also be speaking at ACTSA’s annual conference, on ‘Zimbabwe and the international community: the challenges ahead.'