Ethiopian Prime Minister attends G20 summit preparatory meeting in UK

March 17, 2009

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is in London, the British capital to hold prior consultations on the upcoming G20 summit,APA learns here Monday.

The prior consultation of the G20 summit aims to explore ways on how best to drive home to the rich nations about Africa’s interests.

Prime Minister Meles is among the leaders to take part in the G20 summit due for next month in London as current chairman of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and also in response to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s invitation extended to him to represent Africa during the event.

The Prime Minister touched on issues around this G20 summit in his keynote address and paper he presented at the recent 12th African Union assembly of heads of state and government held in Addis Ababa in January 2009.

In his paper, Meles emphasized that Africa should be given a real voice in international financial dealings and that the international financial institutions limit or put an end to conditionalities on Africa in resource flow.

Meles also noted the need for Africa to press for a situation whereby development aid to Africa would not diminish amidst the current global financial and economic crisis.

It is to be recalled that the 12th AU summit unanimously chose Meles to represent Africa at the high profile G20 gathering. It was with this background that he traveled to London for the G20 summit,representing Africa.

The African Union Commission chairperson, Jean Ping, and the South African preisdent are also expected to attend the G20 summit representing the continent.