Washington, D.C. (Vocus) April 2, 2009
The U.S. African Chamber of Commerce (USACC) is asking the G20 to honor the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) adopted in September 2000 by 189 Countries. These goals are meant to improve the quality of life for the world's poorest people by 2015. By signing on to support these goals, the wealthiest donor countries pledged to partner with developing countries, providing market access for agricultural exports, debt relief, predictable financing, and other forms of assistance. (reflected in Goals 1 to 7) Most commitments for Africa are included in Goal 8, the expansion of access to anti-retroviral drugs for Africans living with HIV/AIDS and Reducing Debt for the Region. Positive impacts are already being seen in these areas.
The U.S. African Chamber of Commerce requests continued support of the African Millennium Goals, in keeping with its determination to assert greater ownership of its development path. In 2001, the continent adopted the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), a wide -ranging framework for economic and social development. In the plan, the region committed itself to democracy, respect for human rights, and economic development. Midway to the target date of 2015 for achieving the goals, some Sub-Saharan African countries are on track to achieve some of the goals. But if current trends continue, no African country will achieve all of them. Where progress is being made, improvements are often not evenly shared. Women, economically disadvantaged people, and those who live in rural areas tend to benefit less.
The USACC is the Leading Advocacy Organization for U.S. African Relations and promotes Emerging Markets. The USACC is the umbrella organization for African Chambers of Commerce and Professional Trade and Business Associations throughout the United States and abroad.
U.S. African Chamber of Commerce
Martin Mohammed, President
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