centre right parties from fifteen African countries and nine MEPs of the
European Christian Democrats Party, met from 26 to 28 October 2003 at the
6th Windhoek Parliamentary Conference in Windhoek, Namibia.
Conservative MEP for the East of England, who chaired the talks said:
"Poverty in Africa, exacerbated by internal conflict and
civic unrest, denies freedom to individuals who are forced to be dependent
on the state and aid donors.
"It should be the role of opposition parties to help
eradicate poverty, promote social development and fight for democracy and
good governance in their countries.
"The EU is the largest donor to the 77 ACP countries and
it is essential that aid is conditional on evidence of good governance in
"As EPP-ED co-ordinator for the Windhoek Dialogue, I am
determined to help credible opposition parties in poor countries lead this
battle for accountability and transparency.
"I am working hard to co-ordinate practical assistance that can be offered for municipal and national elections to be held in many African countries in 2004."