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Africa: Kagame Makes Africa’s Case At G20 Summit


President Paul Kagame has told the G20 Summit that Africa is representing its interests to address specific challenges that its people face, mostly due to external factors.

He was particularly speaking in a session on “Food and Energy Security” in his capacity as the chairperson of African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) at the ongoing summit in Indonesia on November 15.

The two-day annual meeting of leaders from the world’s major economies, known as the Group of 20 nations, is taking place under the theme “Recover together, Recover Stronger.”

Kagame highlighted that the gap between developed and developing countries has widened significantly, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, conflicts, and the climate emergency, which means higher borrowing costs and more debt for developing countries.

He also pointed to the rise in food and fertilizer prices which is “particularly alarming,” adding that the contribution of current food systems to greenhouse gas emissions was emphasized during the recently concluded COP27.

“Africa is here for Africa, and our productive relationship with the rest of the world. We have specific challenges, which are made worse by these external factors, and too often our people are left to pay the price,” he said.

“Developed countries hold the key to creating the necessary fiscal space to address these challenges.”

“Africa is here for Africa, and our productive relationship with the rest of the world. We have specific challenges, which are made worse by these external factors, and too often our people are left to pay the price.” President Kagame | #G20Indonesia pic.twitter.com/onW0ErOURK— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) November 15, 2022