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Legacy for a prime minister. (Ear To The Ground).

Nearing the end of his career as Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chretien is hoping that Africa will ensure his place in the history books. Chretien is sincere in his desire to end hunger and poverty there, but may find the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD), which he initiated, stuck on some of the intractable problems in that continent.

His G-8 colleagues agreed to deal with his plan at the Kananaskis summit in Alberta, but none of them coughed up any extra funding.

NEPAD, now headed by President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, recognizes that development depends on democratic governance and freedom of information and assembly, so African countries upholding democratic standards can expect to benefit.

Henry F Heald in Canada
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Date:Oct 1, 2002
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