14 January 2002
Sachs and Bono In Africa
Bono is travelling to
Africa with long-time fellow debt campaigner Jeffrey Sachs to address
members of the Southern African Development Community.
According to development agency Oxfam, Bono and Harvard University
economist Sachs will be discussing with leaders of the 14-nation
Southern African Development Community ways of diverting money saved
by debt relief into fighting poverty and AIDS in the region.
The pair are scheduled to meet with the heads of state today,
Monday, in Blantyre, Malawi, before leaving for the capital, Lilongwe.
In Lilongwe on Tuesday, Sachs will present findings of a World
Health Organization report that says increased health spending on
the world's poorest people would boost economic development and
ease poverty levels.
According to Oxfam, Malawi president Bakili Muluzi, chairman of
the 14-member economic group whose members rank among the poorest
countries in the world, is holding the special summit in Blantyre
to discuss ongoing fighting in the Congo and the deepening political
crisis in Zimbabwe.
More on the ongoing campaign to cancel the debts of the poorest
countries at www.jubileeusa.org
More on the campaign to fight the AIDS crisis in Africa at http://www.aaaw.org/index.html