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Obasanjo - increase regional integration

26 September 2011, 22:43

Johannesburg - Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria and member of the Africa Progress Panel, has called upon African leaders to accelerate regional integration to boost economic and social development on the continent.

"Africa needs greater integration to match itself with the rest of the world. We cannot make collective progress unless we have collective and central means of addressing most of the issues that affect us variously as Africans," he said.

Greater integration would lead to a number of "tangible" benefits for investors such as make it easier to register businesses, and harmonise transport, energy and communication infrastructure, Obasanjo said.

Greater integration would also support efforts to deal with issues of crime and corruption, and even disease, Obasanjo added.

"There should be no hiding place or safe haven for criminals or corrupt private and public officials in one country to avoid punishment for what they have done in other countries."

- I-Net Bridge (News24)


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