» Thursday, February 26, 2004

Africa Commission

Questioned about the new Africa Commission which the Prime Minister had announced today, the PMOS said that this was something which the Prime Minister had always believed should be a high priority. It was a subject to which, quite unapologetically, he would return. The Commission was a way of focussing attention not just on individual crises, but on the whole issue of Africa. He was delighted that Bob Geldof and others had agreed to become involved.

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  1. Cf. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/africa/3490382.stm

    The people on the Commission are: Tony Blair, Bob Geldof, Meles Zenawi (Ethiopian Prime Minister), Trevor Manuel (South African Finance Minister) and Gordon Brown.

    The Commission will report next year.

    Comment by Chris Lightfoot — 26 Feb 2004 on 7:31 pm | Link
  2. I’m a member of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, which links Hastings East Sussex, with Hastings SL. We have already funded the building of 11 new bridges in the town, and are looking for support to fund a community centre. We are a UK based charity, made up of members from the town of Hastings interested in helping develop our namesake. Our committee includes members from Sierra Leone, and we have close links with the community there. One of our members in SL owns a piece of land which she would like to donate to the town to build a Post Office/community centre, so we’re already on the way. Can you point me towards some interested funders? Thanks very much. ps Bono’s speech was a blinder!!

    Comment by Madeleine Murray — 29 Sep 2004 on 4:52 pm | Link

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