Meles encouraged Africa to take ownership of own dev’t

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Addis Ababa, 19 August 2014 (WIC) - The former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi encouraged Africans to take ownership of their development strategy, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has said.

In a special memorial tribute issued for the late Premier, NEPAD said, thanks to Meles, it has now shown the way of not relying on external thinking.

Meles showed Africa an intelligent way to enhance its interest in three critical areas namely trade, industrialization and climate related issues, NEPAD said.

It, therefore, urged Africans to always remember that the only way to make progress is to systematically enhance the interests of its people and translate these into adequate policies.

“By making complexity affordable and strategy indispensable, Meles showed us effective leadership of a not-so-easy task,” the statement said.

“Ethiopia’s transformation is also the product of [Meles’] thinking - ownership of strategic orientation, organization of the state in order to achieve the intended goals, and resolute determination to implement,” NEPAD said.

“These three factors can be considered as essential preconditions of success in our continent.” (NEPAD)