World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and Asha-Rose Migiro, the U.N.’s deputy secretary-general, attending talks which were focusing on how aid donors like the EU and U.N. bodies can help reconstruction efforts in Congo, have appealed for trade pacts that go hand in hand with substantial aid to build up key infrastructure like roads and electrical grids, which are critical for an economy to function. “What they need right now is more financial assistance. There are many other things as well but you can’t build a private sector without electricity and roads,” Wolfowitz said. The trade accords foresee gradual market openings in parallel with EU funding for good governance and reforms in developing nations to spur trade among them.

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