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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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