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Vol 48 No 2

Published 19th January 2007

How to run a continent

Grand plans for a new African development agency are on the agenda for the AU summit on 22-24 January

Like many, Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade thinks the African Union's New Partnership for Africa's Development (NePAD) has failed after five years of existence. Wade was at the heart of the negotiations from which NePAD emerged in 2001 and now criticises it for not having built a single kilometre of road. Last November, he said he had a blueprint for transforming NePAD into a continental development agency, based in Addis Ababa and focused on implementing continental infrastructure projects, with a joint Africa-Europe finance commission.

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