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Time to push forward joint Arab-African efforts - Kuwait FM
November 17, 2013, 12:58 pm

The time has come to push forward on joint efforts that serve a bright future for both the Arab and African regions, said Kuwaiti Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Sunday.

"Nations today cannot move alone, they require groupings and large regional blocs built on mutual interests and exchanged benefits," he told foreign ministers from the Arab world and Africa gathered in Kuwait ahead of a November 19-20 summit of their leaders.
Holding the Third Africa-Arab Summit in Kuwait aims to build on historical ties shared by both regions, he said, adding that they both have promising potentials.

Their geographic proximity of these dynamic regions obliges them both to cooperate with one another, judging their joint historic depth and heritage, he added.

"Both regions together form 18 percent of the world's population, a total of 1.2 billion people. These human resources compared to the average GDP of 4. 25 percent is more than that of the world at three percent," he added.

Kuwait aims for the summit to "provide tangible results that reflect positively on the peoples of both regions, respond to the aspirations of the people, raises the development of their countries and creates constructive economic partnerships," he explained.
UN reports on Africa revealed a huge gap in infrastructure development, he said, adding this deficit requires the joint international efforts in order to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, goals that Kuwait already met.

The pivotal and fundamental role of private businesses, he also stressed, in the field of human development is a main factor in comprehensive and sustainable development. This is due to what it offers of projects that support construction, growth and job opportunities across vital spectrums.

The Kuwaiti minister praised the efforts of experts, academics and civil society organisations at the African-Arab Economic Forum, which concluded on November 12. The forum was organised by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and resulted in recommendations in the fields of development, the economy and investment.

"Kuwait is committed to openness, and human and civil contact with the nations of the world. It also remains faithful to its message of friendship and good deeds in the promise of a safe and prosperous world," he said. He thanked the former summits chair and co-chair Libya and Gabon respectively for their efforts in the success of the event. He also thanked both the Arab League General Secretariat and the African Union Commission (AUC) for its continuous efforts aimed at the continuation of the summit

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