Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Calls For U.N. Reform
AACC2015, Jakarta – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe spoke at the 60-year commemoration of the AAC of the need to reform the United Nations. He added that all Asian and African nations should strengthen their unity so that justice can be realised.
This came during the opening of the first plenary session, which President Mugabe presided over alongside President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), on Wednesday (22/4). “I call on the need of impartiality in the UN in order to achieve a just world order,” Mugabe said.
He reaffirmed that the Ten Principles of Bandung constitute a spirit of resistance against injustice. “The AAC Forum will promote solidarity. There are 16 cooperative projects of economic development, including energy, railway and highway construction,” Mugabe said.
Currently, Mugabe added, connectivity among Asian and African countries shows positive development. “The commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the AAC is of particular importance for economic changes in Asia and Africa. I hope the investment of Asian entrepreneurs also increases in the African region.”
Statistics from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs show that in the 1950s, when the first AAC was held, the GDP of the Asian and African countries was generally equivalent. In 2014, the total GDP of Asia amounted to US$ 18.5 trillion, eight times greater than the total GDP of Africa at only US$ 2.3 trillion.
However, according to the Economist, as many as seven African countries are in the top 10 countries in the world with the fastest growing economy. One of the indicators for growth acceleration is cooperation between African and the ASEAN countries. (Translator: Muhardi)
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