Cape Times

Three-priority plan for Africa to take action


BY 2050 more than one in four people on the planet will be African and bold action was needed now to ensure that all of them had a fair chance of leading healthy, prosperous and fulfilling lives, according to the newest and final report from Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel (APP). The report, “Making Progress Towards Attaining the Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals in Africa”, draws on the insights cultivated from the APP’s work over the past decade and outlines the key opportunit­ies and challenges Africa faces as it strives to realise sustainabl­e developmen­t goals and create long-term equitable and sustainabl­e prosperity. The APP’s final report is primarily a call to action, and presents a bold agenda for African progress.

Three core priorities for action highlighte­d in the final panel report are: mobilise sufficient financial resources fast for Africa’s “green and blue” (agricultur­e and fisheries sector) revolution­s, rapidly boost investment in Africa’s energy and transport infrastruc­ture, and fight against illicit financial activities. – Staff Reporter

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