BBC- January 17-IMF poverty conference opens in Libreville

BBC- January 17-IMF poverty conference opens in Libreville

 

              A conference on the reduction of poverty in Africa is due to start today

              in the Gabonese capital, Libreville.

 

              More than thirty heads of states from  sub-saharan Africa are attending the

              conference, which has been organized by the International Monetary Fund,

              the IMF.

 

              Military and political conflicts in various African countries are on the

              agenda as one of the main causes of poverty on the continent.

 

              A plenary session of ministers and experts from all over Africa has

              prepared a document on proposals for alleviating poverty on the continent.

 

              A BBC correspondent in Libreville says this appears to signal a

              departure from the IMF's usual policy of trying to impose solutions on

              African countries, rather than consulting those involved.

 

              From the newsroom of the BBC World

              Service