Obama invites four Africa leaders to Camp DavidBy MKINGA MKINGA in Dar es Salaam and Agencies | Tuesday, May 8 2012 at 14:08
US President Barack Obama has invited four African Leaders to Camp David for a G-8 Summit to be held on May 19.
The four leaders will take part in the discussion session on accelerating progress towards food security in Africa, according to the White House Press release.
Chairperson of the African Union and President of Benin Yayi Boni, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete and Ghana's President Atta Mills will be attending the Group of Eight (G8) Summit in the US.
Reacting to Tanzania’s President invitation, so far the only one in East Africa, the Director of the Tanzanian President’s Communication, Mr Salva Rweyemamu, said the country was among the initiators of Grow Africa.
“The international community has been following President Kikwete’s decisions aimed at transforming agriculture,” Mr Rweyemamu said.
In Tanzania, the government has established the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) under Agriculture First initiative.
SAGCOT was initiated at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa summit 2010 with the support of founding partners including farmers, agri-business, the Government of Tanzania and private sector companies
SAGCOT’s objective is to foster inclusive, commercially successful agribusiness that will benefit the region’s small-scale farmers, and in so doing, improve food security, reduce rural poverty and ensure environmental sustainability.
G8 is a group of eight industrialised countries; namely France, Britain, Italy, Germany, Canada, Japan, the US and Russia.
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