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Africa Progress Panel Meeting

Asked what policies were being discussed and what did we hope would come out of the Africa meetings, the PMOS said that there would be an inaugural meeting of the Africa Progress Panel (APP). The idea between the APP was that Gleneagles genuinely was a landmark for Africa, but what we needed to ensure was that both sides of the equation lived up to the commitments that they made at Gleneagles. The African nations had to deliver on governance, fighting corruption, support for the Africa Union training troops and that the donor countries delivered on their overall aid levels to Africa, as well as specific issues such as countering HIV/AIDS. There had been real progress in terms of Africa, but we needed to see that delivered within the timescale that was set out at Gleneagles which was up to 2010. If people looked two years on from Gleneagles, the increases in global aid were up from $79 billion in 2005 to $103.9 billion this year. Aid to Africa was up by $10 billion. Those figures included significant levels of debt relief, especially to Nigeria and Iraq, but even without taking into account that debt relief, aid was still up from the Gleneagles baseline. If the debt relief was taken out, global aid was up by $8 billion, and aid to Africa by $2 billion. The PMOS said that we had seen real progress, but we needed to have a mechanism that drove that through to 2010, and this was what the APP would do.

Asked who was on the panel, the PMOS said that it tended to be former leaders, but it was chaired by Kofi Annan.

Asked if the Prime Minister was disappointed that donor countries had not given enough, as aid agencies had said that the figures were less than a tenth of the amount needed by 2010, the PMOS replied that the important thing was that we did have until 2010, and it was also important to recognise the progress that had been made. As we had said at Gleneagles there was always a danger that because you didn’t arrive at perfection the day after, people dismissed the progress that had been made. 22 countries had benefited from 100% debt relief; that was no small thing. 18 of those countries were in Africa, and that amounted to $38 billion so far. Equally, what was important was that we kept to the Gleneagles commitment, and that was why the APP was there.

Put that we conceded the point that not enough had been done so far, but that we should wait until 2010, the PMOS replied that the danger was always that if credit was not given for what had been done so far, then countries believed that there was nothing in it for them. A better way of doing it, however, was to recognise what had been done so far, and to create a mechanism to ensure that countries knew that if they did not live up to their commitments, then it was not something that was going to go unnoticed. That was what the APP was all about and that was why we deliberately stitched it in to what was agreed at Gleneagles.

Put that given the drive for good governance, was the Prime Minister concerned about the Nigerian elections, the PMOS said that the EU, amongst others, was looking at the Nigerian elections and the concerns around them. Therefore, it was better that we waited for the overall EU response before commenting further.

For more information on the Africa Progress Panel, go to: http://www.africaprogresspanel.org/

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