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Tony Blair Arrives Tomorrow
October 5, 2004
The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa)

October 5, 2004
Posted to the web October 5, 2004

Dagnachew Teklu
Addis Ababa

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa tomorrow evening to attend the 2nd meeting of the Commission for Africa, to be held on October 7, and 8, 2004.

Blair, who has been hospitalized to get a heart treatment, is expected to meet and hold talks with Ethiopian officials and other UN and AU officials based in Addis Ababa.

The second meeting of the Commission for Africa is due to be held upon the invitation of the government of Ethiopia to the Commission.

"The Commission welcomes the opportunity to meet in Addis Ababa. As the host city for both UNECA for Africa and AU, Addis Ababa plays an important role in African development initiatives. This will also be the first full meeting of the Commission in Africa, giving an additional opportunity for the commission to interact directly with African audiences," the Commission said.

The second commission meeting will be designed to ensure that commissioners have opportunities to hear from Africans about the challenges they face, it added.

The Commission for Africa, launched on 26 February 2004 by Prime Minister Tony Blair has 17 commissioners and prominent persons around the world.

Nine of the 17 commissioners were selected from Africa, including Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is working in his personal capacity, not as representatives of states to the commission.

The second Commission's meeting is expected to bring hundreds of academics, business people, parliamentarians, civil society, NGOs and others.

"The commissioners will bring their ideas to Addis Ababa and work on them as a group. Their work in Addis Ababa will be the next step towards their final report and recommendations for action, to be published in spring 2005," it added.

The first meeting of the commission was held in London, UK on May 4, 2004


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