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Meeting on African development needs

International organisations, government ministers and UNDP resident representatives from 45 African countries are meeting in Cotonou, Benin, this week (1-5 February) to discuss Africa’s development needs in the millenium, according to a UNDP press release. Thelma Awori, Director of the UNDP Bureau for Africa, cited low incomes, high levels of current expenditure, the debt burden, budget deficits, inflation and regional conflicts as the main obstacles to development in Africa. She said the meeting “marked a turning point not only for Africa but for the rest of the world”. “It will permit dialogue between headquarters, where policies are decided, and programme managers in the field who are in contact with the everyday realities of the populations served by the UNDP.”
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