International forum on Africa and South-South co-operation opened

Monday, 2017-03-20 04:36:06
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NDO - The annual Crans Montana Forum on Africa and South-South co-operation opened in Dakhla, Morocco on March 17 with the aim of discussing and seeking opportunities for African development in a new era.

This year's forum entitled "Towards a New Africa for the 21st Century" attracted the participation of more than 1,000 delegates, all of whom are heads of state, ministers, politicians, enterprises, policymakers, representatives of international organisations and news agencies from nearly 150 countries throughout the world.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco emphasised the significance of the Crans Montana Forum for the stable, harmonised and sustainable development of Africa in the 21st century.

He believed that with the support of the international community, the effectiveness of the South-South co-operation model as well as the partnership and solidarity of countries in the region, Africa will overcome existing challenges to effectively utilise natural resources and abundant human resources to develop in a sustainable and humane manner.

The King also pledged to strengthen the role of Morocco in developing a new Africa in the 21st century.

Within the five-day forum, delegates will focus discussions on development orientations of Africa in the new period, South-South co-operation potentials and the role of Morocco in building co-operation mechanisms in Africa based on principles of stability, harmony and solidarity.

Specifically, delegates will discuss the settlement of issues including sustainable agricultural development, food security, health and education investment, improvements to the living standards of local people, adaption to climate change, the role of women and youth in socio-economic development, and illegal immigration, among others.

The Crans Montana Forum has been held annually since 1986 with the aim of gathering the resources of international organisations and countries to carry out co-operation models for a humane and objective world.

This year's forum will conclude on March 21.