Source; myjoyonline. com - Former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, has challenged leaders on the African continent to harness potentials that exist in the region to end abject poverty and insecurity that have plagued most households.
Mr. Kufuor also wants the leaders to form a political and economic partnership within and outside the continent to effectively integrate the three pillars of sustainable development - economic, social, and environmental - to ensure that livelihoods are improved.

The former Ghanaian President was speaking at a public lecture he chaired on “Sustainable Development and Economic Growth in Africa” at the University of Ghana (UG) on Monday.

The public lecture organized by the Millennium Promise in collaboration with the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) brought together development experts worldwide to brainstorm on a wide-range of issues that would stimulate socio-economic growth and development in Africa.

Areas discussed include education, agriculture and food security, water, environment and human health, energy, electronic and communication technology, entrepreneurship, and the built environment.

Mr. Kufuor further said effective leadership is very critical to create the mindset for the implementation of the post-2015 agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), entreating governments on the continent to create the conditions under which the SDGs should be delivered.

"African leaders must learn how to negotiate with the potential investors at local, national, regional and global levels to help actualize the effective implementation of the sustainable development goals in order to propel socio-economic growth on the continent," Mr. Kufuor asserted.
 


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