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Posted - 03 Jul 2018 :  13:09:40  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Reading this report by Baba Hydara I was surprised that I could find no discussion reported of what was headlined as "Fight Against Corruption brought to fore series of issues the continent is being gripped with." very much about other "issues" NOTHING about " Fight Against Corruption"
Please enlighten me BANTABA IN CYBERSPACE READER about this.
Corruption is endemic in EVERY country,some may think that in Africa it is the only way to survive due to low wage structures.


Monday, July 02, 2018

Heads of state and governments have arrived in Nouakchott, Mauritania for the last two days of the 31st African Union Summit.

A meeting whose main theme was: Fight Against Corruption brought to fore series of issues the continent is being gripped with.

At the meeting, the Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is also the host of the summit, talked about challenges facing the continent, including terrorism. He said that one way to defeat terrorism is to reduce social disparities. “This is the only way to convince our young people not to fall into extremism.”

At the opening of the summit, Chairperson-in-Office of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, insisted that there will now be small-format meetings, a single summit of the heads of state by year. “The idea behind these reforms is ultimately to make the AU credible. Several ongoing projects have been announced.” He particularly encouraged heads of state to join the common market to sign a protocol on the free movement of people and goods.

At the rostrum, the president of the commission insisted on the need to continue reforms including the financial side with the introduction of an import tax.

“Peace calls for the surpassing of oneself, the compromise and the general interest, recalling at the same time the many deadlines planned in Africa with elections in Mali, the DRC, Libya and the crises in South Sudan and Central Africa”.

Another subject addressed by the chair of the AU Commission was migrations. “The tragic fate of African migrants on the borders of Europe today is coupled with the recurrence of intolerable practices against these populations in Africa itself. On pain of losing all moral credit on this issue, our Union cannot practice double standards here: condemn the gross violations of the rights of African migrants elsewhere and practice ostrich politics when similar events take place in the continent.”
Author: Baba Hydara in Nouakchott

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.


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Posted - 04 Jul 2018 :  18:25:57  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote it is must have got lost when it was transmitted to Gambia !


Wednesday, July 04, 2018

President Adam Barrow has joined his colleague heads of state over the weekend in Mauritanian capital, Nouackchott, where he made a case for his government’s uncompromising stance on corruption: “My government is addressing the consequences of two decades of poor governance and misuse of state’s meager resources… in moving forward, the guiding principle of my government is the exercise of good governance in all facets of public administration,” he told leaders.

The theme of the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union Summit was: “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: a Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation” – a theme President Barrow described as “a bold statement of intent”, given that corruption in both the public and private sectors negatively impact various national and continent’s development agendas.

“Our successes in the fight against corruption will ensure that resources are retained and used to support structural transformations and expansion of our economies,” President Barrow explained. “We can improve in most key human development indicators, such as access to quality health and education for the youth population of the continent, food security and meaningful employment. Corruption has negative effect on African nations and how we can judicious use of our resources,” he added.

Upon his return from the summit, the President told reporters that it was a “well-attended and represented summit”: “One thing is very important: Africa is speaking the same voice on how we deal with corruption. A lot of resources have been wasted in Africa, it is now time that Africa comes together and fight corruption when we mean development for Africa. I think we were serious about this, and we want to build our institutions, make them stronger so that will help us to eliminate corruption,” the president said, noting that even if African countries cannot eliminate corruption 100 percent, it could be minimised in the interest of the continent.

On the closed-door meeting with President Obiang, Barrow said: “We held a closed-door meetings and most of our discussions centered on African integration. The President of Equatorial Guinea is a Senior Statesman. We discussed...and assured them that one day, we the young ones will continue with the mantle of leadership on the continent.’’

Meanwhile, during his address, he emphasised that Africa needs to reform its legal and regulatory regimes, tax administration and procurement systems in order to combat corruption in the public, economic and business environments. “It is imperative that we intensify our efforts to ensure that corrupt practices are systematically tackled and resources that are siphoned off recovered,” he told the summit.

The president believes that Africa’s partnership with others should be reinforced to fully implement the Continental Strategic Plan on the Fight Against Corruption. This process requires disbursement of adequate budgetary resources, he maintained.

On the home front, the president informed colleagues that a Commission of Inquiry is ongoing and its revelations have shown the extent to which resources meant for national development were grossly misused and diverted by a small clique of unpatriotic and dishonest Gambians and their foreign partners in crime.

“Concurrently, a National Anti-corruption Bill has been promulgated and an Anti-corruption Commission is being established.In addition, The Gambia has signed the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (AUBC) in order to adopt best standards in the fight against corruption,” he said, noting: “We are determined in our quest for victory against corruption.”

Author: Bekai Njie

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.
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