29 January 2013

Zambia: We Can Do It - Sata

Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
A fruit vendor.

Addis Ababa — PRESIDENT Michael Sata has said African leaders must work hard to resolve problems affecting the continent.

Mr Sata said the current crop of leaders in Africa was better-placed to solve the problems the continent was facing, compared to their forefathers.

The Zambian Head of State made the remarks yesterday when President of the 67th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Vuk Jeremi? and his delegation paid a courtesy call on him at Sheraton Hotel.

He said unemployment was not a big problem before but it had become a major challenge today.

President Sata said African leaders had a mammoth task to correct the continent's social and economic woes and that they should do it now.

"There are more problems than solutions in Africa. We have a mammoth task to undertake. Previously, our forefathers didn't know such problems. We still have bottlenecks in Africa," he said.

Mr Jeremi? met Mr Sata on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) 20thOrdinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

The UN official pledged that the global body would work with African leaders to solve some of the problems facing the continent. The two leaders later held a closed-door meeting.

President Sata was among other Heads of State and Government that attended the AU Summit from January 27 to 28.

The theme of the Summit is "Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance."

Other African leaders that attended the summit were Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigerian.

Others were Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Namibia's Hifikepunye Pohamba and South African leader Jacob Zuma.

On Sunday, Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn was elected chairperson of the AU, taking over from Benin President Boni Yayi.

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