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Kikwete Hails Club’s Agenda

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    Mon, Oct 31st, 2011


    PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete (right) speaks during a joint press conference at the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia on Sunday. He is flanked by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (centre) and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma. (Photo by Freddy Maro)

    President Jakaya Kikwete has said the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) made a landmark achievement because African leaders were able to push for the development agenda.

    President Kikwete said it would have been a disaster if the development agenda was shelved. "I am happy it was adopted as the agenda for the Commonwealth," he said.

    He also expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the reforms agenda as recommended by the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) appointed by the Commonwealth Secretary General, after conclusion of the previous CHOGM in Trinidad and Tobago, in 2009.

    According to the President, the Commonwealth leaders also agreed on a series of reforms aiming at strengthening the role of the Commonwealth Ministers Advisory Group (CMAG) in its dealing with serious /persistent violations of the Commonwealth political values.

    Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Heads of Government which met for two days at the West Australian capital, Perth, ended on Sunday with a commitment to enhance the values and principles of the Commonwealth to ensure its relevance and effectiveness in responding to global challenges and to build resilient societies and economies.

    At a post-CHOGM joint press conference, of which President
    Jakaya Kikwete was part of the panel, the leaders of the 54-member nations also emphasised the need for the international community to cooperate to ensure a sustainable global economic recovery.

    Other members of the panel included, the Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Ms Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamales Sharma, Australian Prime Minister Ms Julia Gillard, President of the Republic of Maldive, Mohammed Nasheed and the Sri Lankan Prime Minister.

    Reading the communique, Australian Prime Minister, Ms Julian Gillard, said the Commonwealth Heads agreed on the reforms to ensure it was a more effective institution, responsive to member nations' needs and capable of tackling significant global challenges of the 21st century.

    The leaders also agreed to actively promote, uphold, preserve and defend the fundamental values, principles and aspirations of the Commonwealth. They agreed to strengthen the role of CMAG in order to enable the group to deal with serious violations of Commonwealth values.

    In another development, the Commonwealth leaders agreed to reappoint Dr Kamalesh Sharma as the Commonwealth Secretary General for a further four- year term commencing April 2012.

    The next CHOGM will be held in Sri Lanka in 2013.

    CHOGM 2011 was preceded by a series of activities that included the Commonwealth Business Forum, Civil Society and Youth Forum.

    By ICHIKAELI MARO, Tanzania Daily News