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Ghana’s Akufo-Addo urges smart
policies to achieve SDGs in Africa 

ACCRA, (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday urged African countries to make governance and its systems work for the eradication of poverty and creation of prosperity and wealth.

With Africa at a critical stage in its development, the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could mark a major turning point for the continent, he said.

According to Akufo-Addo, who is a co-chair of a group of advocates of eminent personalities of the SDGs, with some 75 percent of the world’s poor living in Africa, poverty eradication remained an enormous challenge.

However, Africa has a great opportunity with the SDGs to reverse that and, with smart policies, make considerable inroads in eradicating poverty and bringing prosperity and increased human development to the continent, he said.

Akufo-Addo was delivering the opening remarks at a public lecture addressed by Queen Mathilde of Belgium, who is in Ghana for a three-day official visit.

He said achieving the SDGs would take bold ambition in thought and actions, innovation and most critically, connecting to the positive and abundant energies of the youth.

“We cannot grow out of poverty and achieve the SDGs through charity and the benevolence of others,” Akufo-Addo said. “If we are going to succeed to move Africa Beyond Aid, this cannot be a mere slogan.”

“It will take adopting more effective and appropriate development models, doing business differently, and making the tough choices necessary to accelerate inclusive growth in the economy,” he said.

             

 

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