Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano said on Wednesday that it was not true that the Iraq war had diverted much-needed resources from Africa - the world had enough resources for the reconstruction of the conflict-ravaged country and for the support of Africa's recovery programme, Nepad.
Speaking at the Africa Summit of the World Economic Forum which is taking place in Durban under the topic "Global Challenges Facing Africa", Chissano said that Africa's problems could be minimised if the rich countries assisted the continent.
Chissano said the problems facing Africa were reflected by deepening poverty on the continent and the lack of access African countries to technology.
"The challenge that faces the world today is how to share the gains that have been made in technology and improve the capacity of poor countries. Africa also has to deal with illiteracy and we have to catch up quickly,"
He said wealthy countries should help Africa lift itself out of poverty because this continent's problems would soon affect rich nations.