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Thursday, November 02, 2017

AU to focus on strengthening African We Want agenda

The new Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, has disclosed that he intends focusing on strengthening efficiency and effectiveness towards the Africa We Want as enshrined in Agenda 2063, reports ITRealms.

Mahamat made this known while on his first official visit to the Pan African institutions operational headquarters in South Africa.

Addressing the staff of the NEPAD Agency, the Pan African Parliament and the African Peer Review Mechanism in Johannesburg, the Chairperson stated that Agenda 2063 (Africa’s fifty-year vision for transformation) is attainable through the dedicated efforts of all citizens. 

Mahamat further stated that the current reforms at the African Union and some of its organs are necessary in order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness, towards the Africa We Want as enshrined in Agenda 2063.

Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Agency reported on the progress of NEPAD in delivering results towards attaining the goals in the continent’s fifty-year vision.  “NEPAD is results driven.  All its programmes are designed to deliver on Agenda 2063," Dr Mayaki said.

Through its four programme areas (Human Capital Development -Skills and Employment; Regional Integration Infrastructure and Trade; Industrialisation, Science, Technology and Innovation, and; Natural Resources Governance and Food Security), the NEPAD Agency currently has 95 percent coverage of the continent.

Speaking also, CEO of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism, Prof Eddy Maloka remarked on the organisation’s developments. 

“The African Peer Review Mechanism, which has undergone restoration and reinvigoration, is currently going through a phase of renewal,” Prof Maloka said.

Mr Vipya Harawa, Clerk of the Parliament and Representative of the President of the Pan African Parliament (PAP), also highlighted the progress being made in PAP towards serving the continent better.

Transformation of the African Union is a measure that is being undertaken to enhance the value of the AU.  It is a process that seeks to bring the AU closer to the people, in attaining the aspirations towards the Africa We Want. “Through the necessary transformation processes, the Pan African institutions will be in a better position to serve the African continent,” Mahamat said.

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