Sarkozy to Keep Development High on G20 Agenda – French Diplomat

The G-20 summit in France on Nov. 3 and 4 will focus largely on the global economic crisis, but French President Nicolas Sarkozy can be expected to keep development a priority, the French ambassador to South Africa has noted.

The summit, to be held in the resort city of Cannes, will tackle food security, infrastructure development, and new sources of development finance, Jacques Lapouge said, according to the Star. Lapouge noted that these three issues are among the nine development pillars outlined in a consensus approved by G-20 leaders at their last meeting in Busan, South Korea.

France hopes to encourage the G-20 to support at least one innovative approach to raising development finance, Lapouge said. Sarkozy can also be expected to stress the need for donor countries to to reaffirm their commitments to increase official development aid levels despite the current global economic downturn, the French diplomat added.

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