Leadership (Abuja)

9 October 2012

Africa: Amadi Calls On African Countries to Increase Spending On HIV/Aids

African governments need to develop self-reliance and increase spending to combat HIV/ AIDS as donor funding is drying up, the president of Pan African Parliament (PAP) , Mr Bethel Amadi has said.

Amadi, made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday at the ongoing First Ordinary Session of the Third PAP Assembly.

He said the biggest challenge facing the continent in tackling the HIV/AIDS scourge had been lack of donor funding.

"The African parliament is set to tackle critical issues from peace and security to education and the prevalence of HIV and Aids.

"The Parliament must demand that governments increase their HIV budgets to fill the gap left by the donor funding in Africa," Amadi said.

He said the UN was not happy with measures taken to combat maternal deaths as thousands of women still die of preventable complications.

"On issues of governance, political stability and democracy, the continent is also still facing an uphill battle," Amadi said.

Meanwhile, Amb. Mohamed Raseed, Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Eminent member has said that although more countries had been joining the body, it was regrettable that its recommendations were not always taken seriously.

"In spite of ten years of the APRM existence, it is still difficult for countries to implement its recommendations," Raseed said.

"The APRM is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the member states of the AU as a self-monitoring mechanism.

"The mandate of the APRM is to encourage conformity with regard to political, economic and corporate governance values, codes

and standards, among African countries and the objectives in socio-economic development within the New Partnership for Africa's Development," Rasheed said.

He said the partnership between PAP and APRM was to provide good and accountable governance in the continent.

"Nobody can doubt the importance of PAP, the body is a reflection of the wish and representation of the people," Rasheed said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the session would end in two weeks. NAN

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