Asia-Africa boss calls for unity

NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Jakarta, Indonesia
ASIA-PACIFIC and African Affairs director-general Yuri Thamrin says Africa and Asia should explore opportunities for co-operation and peace.
Mr Thamrin said countries from the two continents must also unite to promote economic development, which will in turn eradicate poverty.
“We need to have a constructive and inclusive approach for us to achieve mutual trust, respect and benefit for all our people,” he said.
Mr Thamrin, who later held a closed-door meeting with the delegates, emphasised the need for mutual respect and understanding among Asian and African countries.
He said this at the commemoration of the 60th Asian-African conference and the 10th anniversary of the New Asian-African Partnership, which started here yesterday.
Vice-President Inonge Wina, who arrives here today, is scheduled to attend the conference which ends this Friday.
The conference started with a series of meetings where Zambia is represented by acting High Commissioner to Malaysia Martha Lubemba.
Ministerial meetings will be held today while the leaders’ gathering will be on Wednesday and Thursday, alongside the African Business Summit before the delegation moves to Bandung for the commemoration of the anniversary of the event on Friday.
The Asian-African forum is aimed at strengthening partnerships and sharing experiences in enhancing both continents’ economic development.
The theme for this year’s conference is: “Strengthening South-South Co-operation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity.”

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