G20 Foreign Ministers to Discuss Fight Against Poverty in Africa

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(Last Updated On: 2017-02-17)

 

Nahimat Adekoga

The fight against poverty in Africa will be one of the main issues to be discussed at the on-going G20 meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Foreign ministers from the Group of 20 largest industrialised countries will discuss ways to fight poverty in Africa, strengthen governmental institutions and better utilise the potential of many African countries.

Germany has always been at the forefront of improving living conditions in Africa and stops a growing stream of economic refugees fleeing to Europe.

The European Union is also taking steps to stem immigration from Africa, which is set to rise after 181,000 people arriving last year and an estimated 4,500 believed to have died while crossing the Mediterranean Sea, often in flimsy boats.

German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel said in a statement before the meeting, that foreign policy is and must be more than crisis management.

“We are well advised not to continually be running from one fire to another with a fire extinguisher.”

Gabriel, who took over as German foreign minister last month, said it was important for the G20 countries, to focus on combating the root causes of conflicts and preventing crises before they gathered steam.

Anthony Mothae Maruping, Economics Commissioner for the African Union, will participate in the meeting, which will also address implementation of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development agreed by all UN members in September 2015.

Ministers will also discuss the war in Syria, violence in eastern Ukraine and other global crises during the G20 meeting and bilateral meetings on the side-lines.

 

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