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A three-day Africa-wide dialogue on ‘Gender, Africa and global financial and economic crisis’ began in the Ghanaian capital Accra, today, October 14.

 

Dr. Yao Graham, Coordinator of Third World Network-Africa (TWN-Af) organizers of the conference, in welcoming participants said the meeting was particularly important because of the deepening negative effects of crisis on African countries generally and women in particular.

 

The meeting, he said, is conceptualized to discuss not simply the short-term issues but also the long-term and more fundamental elements, reforms and changes that may be necessary to strengthen Africa’s ability to weather the current storm as well as strategically transform its economy into a robust and competitive one to serve the needs of Africa and its people especially women rather than external interests.

 

He observed that while there have been concerted Africa-wide efforts and proposals to deal with the crisis, most of these proposals have basically been about making demands for more aid, debt relief and deep cuts in social investment

 

Exactly a year after the financial crisis sunk its teeth into the global economy solutions proposed and adopted by African countries stand a high probability of further worsening the plight of Africa rather than resolve it.

 

 

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Accra, Aug. 10, GNA - The 2009 Annual Review and Strategy Meeting of the Africa Trade Network (ATN) opens in Accra on Tuesday, August 11, to discuss the impact of the global economic crises on Africa and to enable civil society come out with appropriate responses in their campaigns to deal with the crisis.  

 

The four-day conference to be held between August 11-14 will explore the implications of the global crises on food, energy, finance, trade and production and chart a framework within which on-going African civil society advocacy and campaigns on the EPAs, WTO, debt, resource extraction and other economic policy concerns can be situated.

 

The meeting brings together members of the ATN and other networks of civil society organisations working on finance, trade, investment and economic development in Africa to discuss and develop shared positions on the current crises of the global economy and their implications for Africa's development.

 

A statement in Accra said the global financial and economic crisis had exposed the weak nature of African economies within the global system as shown in the dependence on few export primary commodities thus undermining economic activity in most countries. 

 

from: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/s_economics/r_7308/


 

 

 
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