African leaders question Blair’s priorities at Davos

What African countries need is investment say the leaders of South Africa and Liberia. The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, had been arguing for developing education.
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“Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Liberian president, and Thabo Mbeki, the president of South Africa, both said Africa needed more investment in its infrastructure if the continent was to move forward.
‘We need investment in infrastructure, not education … real infrastructure that will enable us to attract private investment,’ said Ms Johnson-Sirleaf. She also asked for Liberia’s debt to be wiped out. Her comments, made at a discussion entitled ‘Delivering on the promise of Africa’, were echoed by Mr Mbeki who urged the G8 not to add new programmes when it meets in Germany in June. ‘We don’t have the capacity to do the things that we said we would do,’ he said. “
Source: Independent 27/1/2007).

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