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Arab-African summit: suspended decisions

November 28, 2013

Kuwait hosted on November 19 and 20 the third Arab-African Summit under the theme "Partners for Development and Investment" with the participation of 71 delegations of the African Union and the countries of the Arab League.

This is the first summit of its kind since the meeting of leaders in Libya before the protest movements of the Arab Spring.
The summit discussed the proposal of the Afro-Arab Economic Forum to create a common Afro-Arab market for nearly 1.2 billion people.

It has emphasized its commitment to strengthen cooperation between the two parties based on strategic partnership, which aims to maintain justice, peace and international security.

The countries agreed to promote south - South cooperation between Arab and African countries and establishment of  stronger ties between governments and peoples of the two regions by the intensification of visits and consultations at all levels.
They stressed the need to strengthen diplomatic and consular relations between the African and Arab countries through regular consultations between the diplomatic missions accredited to the United Nations and regional and international organizations to coordinate positions to develop new common policies on matters of common interest.

He also stressed the need to further efforts to develop positive policies to economic growth and tax policies to ensure sustainable development and to strengthen policies to eradicate poverty, including the programs of the third Millennium Development Goals and development programs after 2015.

in order to not  keep summit results in its theoretical framework, the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabar Al-Sabah announced that his country will pay a billion dollars (740.5 million) of loans at low interest to African countries and will invest millions of dollars for infrastructure development

It is known that the trade between the African and Arab countries rate is still very low, as it does not exceed $ 25 billion, while it rose between Africa and China $ 10 billion dollars in 2000 to 200 billion in 2010.

The problem is not just in the low levels of trade relations or the weakness of mutual investments, but also in the Arab poor capability to compete while the African markets which are at the head of the Chinese American and Israeli investment projects, and at a lower rate, European and Russian projects.

If the Arab competition with China takes an economic dimension and the other powers a political dimension, however, it takes with Israel an economic, political and security dimension as Tel Aviv uses its presence not only to make Arab far from Africa but to make African countries against Arabs in their legitimate causes such as the source of the Nile, the Palestinian cause, the division of Sudan and others.

From this, we can say that decisions of the summit of Kuwait have shown the problem and the real situation in Africa on all levels but should establish executive mechanisms, which mission would be to implement the decisions right away, otherwise the fourth Summit will repeat the decisions of the third summit similar to what happens in the Arab summits since the fifties of the last century.




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