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UPDATED: 14:25, March 03, 2007
Libyan leader calls for industrialization, integration in Africa
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Leader of the Libyan Revolution Colonel Moammar Gadhafi on Friday called for industrialization and integration in Africa, to have a better future.

Gadhafi made the remarks at a celebration ceremony, which was organized by the Libyan government in this small desert town, some 700 km south of Tripoli, to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the people's authority.

The integration would enable African nations to develop its advantages and share them with other African nations, so that Africa would become more competitive, said Gadhafi.

But this required infrastructure and African nations have to construct strategic road and highways to link with one another, he said.

With investment, Libya would be connected with Sudan, Chad and Niger, and even southwards to Tanzania and Mozambique, said the Libyan leader, who has ruled the northern African nation since 1969.

Also, African nations should develop their manufacturing industry, instead of importing all goods from foreign countries, he said.

"We pay oil revenues to import goods from other nations, but we have to think about the day when oil is depleted," he warned.

Gadhafi urged foreign nations to increase investment in Africa instead of simply buying raw materials from African nations, saying that some foreign nations have been trying to "exploit the wealth of Africa."

The four-hour celebration was attended by some 1,500 Libyans from all over the nation and foreign guests including presidents of Uganda, Chad and Niger.

On March 2, 1977, Libya declared the Empowerment of its Citizenry and changed its official name to the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, which means a state of the masses.

Source: Xinhua

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