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Friday, March 13, 2009

TweetThis! IMF in Dar and FT interview with H.E. Jakaya Kikwete about Africa and Ikulu

If you would like to know what transpired in the recent IMF meeting that was held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, please use the following link to the videos - http://www.changes-challenges.org/videos

WaTz wenzangu, mi nasikia usingizi, wewe tizama tu. Ni Raisi wako anajibu maswali - http://www.changes-challenges.org/concluding-plenary

Ikulu = Swahili for State House
Here are questions that were posed to H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the President of Tanzania (United republic of) by Barney Jopson of the Financial Times (FT).

FT: I’d like to start by asking you about the IMF conference. The IMF came with an offer to be the voice of Africa at the G20 meeting. What’s your reaction to that offer?
FT: I think you’re going to London on Monday to meet Gordon Brown, the UK prime minister. What’s your message going to be for him?
FT: At the conference I felt there were two competing feelings among the delegates. On the one hand everybody recognised that Africa needed more financial support. On the other hand because of the history of the IMF and because of its association with the countries that caused this crisis, there was a little bit of wariness. How do you see those two things competing?
FT: Do you think the IMF itself needs to reform to be a better partner for Africa?
FT: You said in the conference declaration that you want the G20 to increase aid, but there’s no certainty that will happen. If there’s not an increase in aid how can Africa cope?
FT: But if the commitments are not honoured then how does Africa cope on its own? Can it?
FT: If the western countries do not step up, do you think China could be an alternative source of support?
Jakaya Kikwete: Well yes, but they’re also affected. They also have limits. That’s why we say our prayers are the bail out packages, the stimulus packages. Let these succeed. If the bail outs succeed and the stimulus packages succeed in north America, in Europe, in Japan and in China, if they succeed then the problem is gone. The deal is done. Things will be fixed. So our prayers are first fix the situation. We want the efforts to succeed. And then, meet your commitments to Africa. If this is done, we are home and dry.
To read responses from the President, please click here.

2 feedback :

malkiory said... Sat Mar 14, 12:13:00 AM MST  

Subi, kusema ukweli nafurahia jinsi unavyoweza kutupa update news kuhusu matukio mbali mbali yanayokea duniani bila kusahau matukio ya nyumbani, kama hili la mkutano wa IMF in Dar.

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