Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on leaders of Asian and African nations to translate their longstanding solidarity campaign into practical actions to collectively tackle global problems and improve development on the two continents.
In a keynote speech in front of participants of the Asia-Africa Parliamentary Conference on Thursday, on the sidelines of the 60th Asian-African Conference Commemoration (AACC), Yudhoyono said the two continents had successfully evolved from “continents of poverty” to “continents of opportunity”, a condition that has brought new challenges for the two continents.
“This is why people are talking about the Asian century because Asia is now home to some of the world’s largest economies: China, Japan, India, Indonesia, South Korea and others. This is also why people are talking about the African century because Africa is now home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Botswana, Angola, Mozambique and others,” Yudhoyono, who concluded his two consecutive five-year terms as president in October last year, said.
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