KUWAIT EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER GROWING HUNGER IN AFRICA

NEW YORK, Oct 18 – Kuwait expressed deep concern because of the African continent’s failure to address hunger, and regretted UN Security General’s report that population growth was outmatching agricultural lands.

Kuwait supports international efforts to eradicate poverty, easing of debts, and addressing consequences caused by spread of dangerous diseases and epidemics which are undermining economy and development, said Ahmad Al-Buaijan, Second Secretary at Kuwait’s Permanent Mission to the UN, at a UN General Assembly meeting yesterday.

The international community should stand firmly behind Africa to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 and to help Africa achieve its ambitious 2063 strategic plan, said Al-Buaijan at the the meeting, which was about the new partnership for the development of Africa.

He noted that Kuwait has recently contributed USD five million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to help fight the Ebola virus.

The contribution, he added, was part of deep-rooted ties between kuwait and the African continent.

Al-Buaijan said Kuwait hosted, last November, the 3rd Arab-Africa summit with the aim of further strengthening strategic cooperation with the objective of serving stability and development in the two regions.

During the summit, he said, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah announced USD one billion in easy loans for African countries for five years, a USD one billion for development projects in Africa to be channeled through international financial institutions, as well as a USD million prize under the name of late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait for development research in Africa.

SOURCE: KUNA