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
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.
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.
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.
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.