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Vol 45 No 8

Published 16th April 2004

South Africa

Rebirth pains

The upcoming season of pan-African summits will test the new institutions and promises of reform

The grand economic plans of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NePAD) are to be revived when African and Western leaders meet in Mozambique on 16-17 April. Three years after its launch, few African states have moved faster towards its targets for education, health, economic growth and better governance; rich countries have been slow to promise the necessary aid and trade reforms. Action by both sides is supposed to trigger a new flow of aid and, crucially, investment. Meanwhile battles rage over the restructuring and control of the African Union, its new peace and security council, and NePAD itself.

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