Qadhafi calls Arabs to invest in African infrastructure

Published March 20th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi has called on Arab business interests to invest in Africa's various development sectors, and in particularly in the development of water resources, reported the Pan-African news service. 


Speaking in Sirte to a meeting of Arab and African parliamentarian delegations, on a visit to Libya to attend the General Congress of the People, Qadhafi said that projects would involve tapping vast water reserves, lakes and rivers, such as the Nile, Senegal and Congo rivers. 


The Libyan leader stressed that lack of water is becoming an ever more severe global problem, and that future conflicts are likely to be fought over this commodity. Several Arab countries are faced with chronic water shortages, he warned, because other countries have control over the water resources of rivers crossing their territories. 


Qadhafi also emphasized the importance of investing in other African infrastructural projects, such as building roads and railways across the Sahara Desert. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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