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Friday, May 10, 2013

Annan criticizes exploitation of Africa’s resources

Former UN secretary-general urges David Cameron to use Britain's G8 chairmanship to push for change.

from The Guardian
"Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, is urging David Cameron to use Britain's chairmanship of theG8 to end some of the 'unconscionable' practices of companies exploiting Africa's vast reserves of natural resources.
"The prime minister has promised to put trade, transparency and tax at the top of the G8's agenda when he hosts the leaders of the world's major nations in Belfast next month.
"Annan said he would be sending him a copy of the annual Africa Progress Report, which shows how the economic benefits of extracting natural resources such as oil and iron ore often fail to flow through to the local population. …"
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