African countries attending the ongoing United Nations Africa Week in the United States have been urged to foster sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and to integrate into the global economy.
Speaking during the opening of the conference, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this is the time for Africa to key into global action.
While commending African Member States for taking an important step this year toward the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area envisioned in the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the UN Chief said the events of 2015 offer an unprecedented opportunity for Africa to reduce poverty.
Ban Ki Moon also outlined ways in which he has been addressing peace and security challenges in Africa.
“I have recently convened, in close cooperation with the African Union and key sub-regional organizations, High-level Meetings on the situations in the Central African Republic, Congo, Libya, Mali, Somalia and South Sudan,” he said.
“Let us also continue to work together to resolve the pressing refugee and migration crisis.
President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft said Africa should not simply end at just liberalizing trade between African countries but should focus on harmonizing policies, enhancing infrastructure development and promoting public-private partnerships.
Lykketoft encouraged African leaders to sustain the political will and commitment needed for truly beneficial regional integration, stating that UN must also assist the African Union and its Regional Economic Communities as they work to put in place policies that support regional integration.
Meanwhile, the Chair of African Group, Vandi Chidi Minah said it is time for the implementation of Africa’s dream adding that there is need to promote African producers and exporters.
Since its launch in 2010, Africa Week has evolved to focus on the wide range of Africa’s development priorities, covering the areas of peace, security, governance, human rights, socio-economic, and environmental development.
This year, Africa Week will be held from 12 to 16 October 2015 under the theme, “Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Moving from Aspirations to Reality”.

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