Guest Contributor | Apr 21, 2017 | 0
AU discuss Agenda 2063
Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation hosted the African Union Ministerial Subcommittee Meeting earlier this week at Safari Hotel, where the implementation of the Agenda 2063 was discussed.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that the initiatives have been taken in order for Africans to engage and seriously address the issue of the African Paradox “Rich Continent, Poor Africans” and that this calls for an urgent need to implement Agenda 2063 and its flagship projects.
“Wherever we go across the length and breadth of our beloved continent we see desperate faces of women, our children and the youth collectively demanding from us leaders to address this paradox and facilitate the realization of the ‘Africa we want’,” she added.
She commended countries who have already embarked on the process of the domestication of Agenda 2063. “I am happy to inform that two weeks ago Namibia held a workshop on the domestication of Agenda 20163 and the sustainable development goals and their incorporation in our 5th National Development Plan (NDP5),” she added. Nandi-Ndaitwah said, “We have been entrusted with this important responsibility to ensure that Agenda 2063 becomes a reality, our people have high expectations and the deliverables of Agenda 20163 and therefore we cannot afford to be complacent”.
Minister in Presidency, Tom Alweendo added that Agenda 2063 is rooted in Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance and provides a framework for Africa to realize its vision and desire for a shared prosperity, unity and making the 21st Century the African Century. “It represents a re-dedication by Africans for an integrated prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena,” he said.
He however advised that the success of Agenda 2063 at continental level will depend on the progress that each African Nation makes in developing themselves.
“The aspiration of the individual African Nations have to be the same as the aspirations of the Continent as a whole, therefore individual African Nations’ development plans, strategies and agendas have to encompass these principles,” he added.
The Ministerial Committee on the Implementation of Agenda 20163 was established by the first Ministerial Retreat of the African Union Executive Council that was held in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia in January 2014.
This was within the context of the last phase of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the African Union, where the Executive Council recognized the urgent need to establish a Ministerial Committee in order to provide political direction to the development of the final document of Agenda 2063 and its implementation.