The African Union (AU) on Tuesday urged African countries, regional blocks and pan African institutions to exert more efforts in a collective manner towards continental integration and development.
The call, which came ahead of African leaders first-ever mid-year coordination meeting, was made by the AU’s Leadership Academy Manager, Muna Abdalla.
Abdalla emphasized the need for human and institutional capacity development as a critical component to drive the continental transformation and integration aspirations.
Abdalla also stressed the imperative to have “frank deliberations and evaluation on the progress made at the national level, the regional blocs and the continental level, on fostering the integration agenda for socio-economic development.”
“These three levels have their own unique attributes and characteristic, and it is my conviction that we can use that diversity to drive the transformation agenda we seek,” Abdalla said.
“There is no shortcut to inclusive prosperity without a collective accumulation of our capacity,” AU’s Leadership Academy Manager stressed.
Abdalla’s call followed African leaders’ recent determination to accelerate the realization of the aspirations of Agenda 2063 and the first ten-year implementation plan of the 50-year continental development plan, which followed the adoption of a framework of institutional reforms in 2017.
Institutional reform mechanisms have been elaborated to define the working methods of the AU, and led to the reduction of the AU summits to one annual summit in the month of February complemented by a Mid-Year Coordination Meeting in the month of July.
Amid African leaders call for ensuring the effectiveness of delivery against identified priorities, a clear division of labor and effective collaboration has become a major reform agenda among the AU, the regional economic communities, the regional mechanisms, the member states, and other continental institutions, in line with the principle of subsidiary.
The 55-member pan African bloc is also presently gearing up for the first-ever meeting set to be held in Niamey, Niger.
According to the AU, the upcoming mid-year coordination meeting “is expected to redefine the modus operandi for the continental organization.”
Issues related to political affairs, peace and security, economic integration and enhancing Africa’s global representation and voice are said to be among the major agendas of the meeting, according to the AU.
Ahead of the meeting in July, the AU and other pan African institutions are scheduled to undertake a high-level meeting in Cairo, capital of Egypt, as part of the preparations for the upcoming coordination meeting, the AU revealed on Tuesday.
The Cairo meeting, which will be held on April 11 under the theme “The road to Niamey: Taking the Agenda of Regional Integration Forward,” is expected to articulate and sharpen a common understanding of the objectives set for the Mid-Year Coordination meeting, it was indicated. Enditem