Blair panel says rich nations should pay for African mineral advice

By bne IntelliNews September 14, 2010
The Commission forAfrica, a panel set up by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, says richcountries should pay African governments for mineral advice on negotiating thebest deals for exploiting their natural resources. The 17-member panel,comprising serving and former African leaders and finance experts, also calledon donor governments to provide an extra USD 10-20bn annually to help Africaadapt to climate change. The panel urged African governments to ensure stronggrowth reduced poverty among ordinary Africans and added that donors werefalling short of their pledges and progress on reforming international traderules had been dismal.

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