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COMMISSION FOR AFRICA REPORT NEEDS SCHEDULE FOR DELIVERY - BRAKE

March 14, 2005 1:00 AM

Speaking in the House of Commons debate on the Commission for Africa's report, Liberal Democrat Shadow International Development Secretary, Tom Brake MP will say:

"The fanfare surrounding the Commission for Africa report is likely to be short-lived unless the Government takes concrete action on corruption, the arms trade, and climate change.

"With Austria and Finland due to hold the EU presidency in 2006 and Russia holding the G8 presidency, it is vital that the Government works with these countries to ensure they prioritize Africa.

"Climate change has the potential to undo decades of anti-poverty work, but the report fails to get to grips properly with this issue in over 400 pages.

"If this is the most radical blueprint in a generation on Africa, why did the Commission not allow for a more radical progress-check? The report only calls for two individuals to produce a 'short annual report' on progress."

Page 375 of the report puts forward the suggestion that "an independent mechanism … should be established to monitor and report on progress. This could be led by two distinguished and influential figures who carry weight in the international community, one African and one from the donor community, who could produce a short annual report."

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