"This summit will mark another climax of co-operation on the occasion of the
50th anniversary of the China-African diplomatic relationship," said Nolana
Ta-ama, Togo's ambassador to China.
The Beijing Summit will be the most important event in the history of
Africa-China relations, further consolidating co-operation and common
development, he said.
WB: Africa has made tangible economic
NAIROBI: Africa has shown tangible progress in the
effort to uplift millions of people out of poverty, the World Bank said
The bank's annual study of the continent found that 16 states had managed to
maintain annual economic growth of more than 4.5 per cent since the 1990s.
The report said many countries, including Senegal, Mozambique, Cameroon,
Uganda, Ghana and Cape Verde, have lifted significant percentages of their
citizens above the poverty line and might well be on course to meeting the
Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2010.
The annual publication, African Development Indicators 2006, depicts a
diverse continent, with several countries making remarkable progress. "Africa
today is a continent on the move, making tangible progress on delivering better
health, education, growth, trade and poverty-reduction outcomes," said Gobind
Nankani, the bank's vice-president for the Africa region.
Gross primary enrolment rates as a share of the relevant age group a standard
indicator of investment in the poor shot up to 93 per cent in 2004 from 72 per
cent in 1990, contributing to a rise in literacy rates from 50 per cent in 1997
to 65 per cent in 2002, said John Page, the bank's chief