President Thabo Mbeki to Co-chair Comoros Round Table Donors' Conference, Mauritius, 8 December 2005

Tshwane - South African President Thabo Mbeki, accompanied by Deputy Finance Minister, Jabu Moleketi will visit Mauritius on Thursday 8 December 2005 where he will together with the Mauritian Prime Minister Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam co-chair the Round Table Donors' Conference on Comoros.

President Mbeki's is the Coordinator of the Countries of the Region in collaboration with the African Union on the Comoros.

The Conference will be held within the context of the African Union's Executive Council decision of July 2004 calling on the African Union (AU) Commission, South Africa and Mauritius to provide all necessary support to convene the Donors' Conference to mobilise the financial resources necessary for the socio-economic recovery of the Comoros.

In this regard, the government of the Comoros has identified seven strategic objectives under its Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS), viz.:

  • Public Finance Reform;
  • Economic infrastructure development;
  • Relaunch of the energy sector;
  • Communications infrastructure development;
  • Strengthening governance and justice;
  • Improving the health of the population;
  • Human capital enhancement through education and vocational training;
  • Sound environment promotion and management; and
  • Security and combating of terrorism.

The Round Table Donor's Conference on the Comoros will also be attended by Comorian President Colonel Assoumani Azali, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Ambassador Said Djinnit, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Commissioner Louis Michel of the European Union Commission and Director of the Arab League Ambassador Hosni. Other donor partners are also expected to be represented either at Ministerial or official levels.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

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6 December 2005

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