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Canada hosts Forum on Africa's Development
(2002-19) News Release
April 8, 2002

Ottawa Susan Whelan, Minister for International Cooperation, today announced that Canada will host a conference, entitled Canada and Africa: A New Partnership, in Montreal on May 4 and 5, 2002. The event will bring together the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) partners, both African and Canadian, to discuss and raise awareness about the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), a plan developed by African leaders to lift the continent out of poverty.

"The New Partnership is an important milestone in the relationship among African nations and between Africa and the international community. NEPAD, which was crafted in Africa and is promoted by African leaders, identifies a comprehensive long-term strategy to help the continent emerge from poverty and conflict," Minister Whelan said.

Minister Whelan will host the event, which will feature African speakers and presenters on topics related to key issues, including: governance; health and education; gender equality, peace and security; and, economic growth.

"Canada welcomes this African initiative. We are working with our G8 partners to develop a response to be adopted at the Kananaskis Summit in June," Minister Whelan said. "This conference will help raise the profile of challenges facing Africa and introduce the principles of the New Partnership to CIDA partners."

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the December 2001 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Source : CIDA