The African Union (AU) on Tuesday urged its leadership academy to accelerate the continental integration process, with a particular emphasis to the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.
The call was made by the AU Commission Deputy Chairperson, Thomas Kwesi Quartey, during a recent annual meeting of the Board of AU Leadership Academy (AULA) at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, the AU said in a statement on Tuesday.
Quartey mainly urged the AULA Board “to come up with creative ways of accelerating the integration agenda, and deepen the spirit of Pan Africanism in all Africans, in order to move the sense of citizenship beyond national boundaries,” the statement read.
Quartey, who emphasized the recent launching of the AfCFTA, called on the AULA Board “to play an active role in assisting the AU to successfully implement the AfCFTA.”
According to the deputy chairperson, the continental free trade pact “holds the potential of addressing the menace of unemployment rate on the continent, which poses serious security implications and risks.”
The AULA’s second annual meeting mainly discussed the way forward on how to strategically position the AU’s leadership academy to complement the effort of the African Union to achieve its set continental development goals, it was noted. Enditem