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African News Agency
09 Jun 2015 16:09
?International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane pledged R1 000 of her own
“hard-earned” money on Tuesday to boost the African Union’s ability to fund its
The minister told journalists here she would pledge her
contribution at a fund-raising dinner to be hosted by President Jacob Zuma and
the chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on
Wednesday in Sandton.
dinner is to be held on the margins of the 25th ordinary summit of the African
Union (AU) which is being held in Pretoria and Johannesburg.
minister said that Zuma and Dlamini-Zuma would call on “captains of industry”
from Africa to pledge much larger amounts to help boost the self-sufficiency of
was answering a journalist’s question about what the summit was likely to
decide on finding alternative sources of funding for its own activities.
While the AU has been
preaching African independence and talking tough against what the continent’s
leaders see as an attempt by former colonialists to continue controlling
Africa, the organisation still relies heavily on international donors for
commissioned an investigation into ways for Africa to increase its financial
independence after arriving at her new post in Addis Ababa in 2012 and being
unpleasantly surprised to discover how much of the AU’s work relied on foreign
donors. The dependence on donors—most of them from Western
countries—allowed them to dictate the AU’s activities, Dlamimi-Zuma said
at the time.
She made it one of her top priorities to wean Africa off
said on Monday that the AU inquiry into alternative funding which Dlamini-Zuma
had launched should be able to put a basket of financing options on the table
for leaders to choose from at this summit.
would include a tax on air fares and some form of levies on the oil and
resources industries in countries which had such resources.
minister stressed that “not a single cent of public money” would be spent on
Wednesday’s pledging dinner as it was being sponsored entirely by businesses.
recalled that Africa’s industrialists and business leaders had demonstrated
their generosity earlier this year when pledging large amounts of money to help
the AU fight the ebola outbreak in West Africa.
the last AU summit in January Dlamini-Zuma explained that because of objections
by various African countries to different proposals for alternative sources of
funding, the AU would leave it up to individual countries to decide how they
wanted to raise the money.
AU had proposed a formula for determining the contributions from each country,
according to its wealth, to bring in enough money for the AU to fund all of its
own operations, most of its development programmes and about a quarter of its
added that the AU believed it would be able to fund all its own programmes if
it was not losing so much money through illicit outflows of capital from the
was referring to a report by former President Thabo Mbeki who heads an
international panel appointed by the AU and the UN that has calculated that at
least $50-billion drains from Africa every year.
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