Africa promotes continental development through South-South cooperation

By Choe Yong Nam

African nations are making united efforts to achieve independent development of the continent.

Last February they held the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union and discussed issues of various fields including free trade and agreement and security. Especially, they explored the ways to bring about economic integration of the continent and overcome new challenges facing it.

In Africa national and tribal contradictions and clashes have caused social instability and disorder and greatly hindered economic development. Therefore African countries are striving to end interference by outside forces and disputes by united efforts and ensure social stability and regional development. In the course of this they have achieved a series of successes.

Ethiopia and Eritrea that were at war for 20 years declared the cessation of war and concluded a peace pact last year. And this year the contending parties of Central Africa signed a peace agreement.

African nations are also making active efforts to boost unity and cooperation in the field of public health.

Most recently there was a meeting of health ministers of countries in the great lake region of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

The meeting, which brought together health ministers and experts of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, agreed to channel bigger efforts into prevention and treatment so as to eradicate AIDS and other communicable diseases in the region by 2030, and boost cooperation among the regional countries.

The African Union, as a pan-continental organization that works to serve the interests of the African people, has settled lots of problems arising in the continent.

May 25 is the Day of Africa.

(Pyongyang Times - May 25, 2019)
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