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Africans call for better aid efforts

July 07, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Rwandan President Paul Kagame urged leaders of the Group of 8 to consult poor nations more, saying some in the developing world were skeptical of economic recipes handed down by wealthy countries.

He said people in developing nations were "less convinced these days that Western help is motivated by altruism."

Mauritius Finance Minister Rama Krishna Sithanen called on the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to show flexibility when dealing with countries in difficulty.

"There must be timeliness in intervention, there is a need to introduce some flexible mechanism to support countries going through the painful process of transition," he said, addressing a conference of African government officials and business leaders.

They are meeting in London before G-8 world powers begin a three-day summit Wednesday in the central Italian city of L'Aquila.

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