AU hold follow-up meeting on implementation of Agenda 2063
By Lahja Nashuuta
Windhoek – Members of the African Union (AU) Ministerial Follow-Up Committee on the implementation of Agenda 2063 and its flagship programmes held a two-day meeting here to take stock of progress made towards the continent’s aspirations.
The meeting on 12-13 October was attended by 15 members of the committee from different African countries namely Algeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa and host Namibia.
The meeting discussed the progress report that was presented by the AU Commission on progress made towards the implementation of Agenda 2063 and its flagship programmes. The report is expected to be adopted at the next AU Executive Council meeting in January 2018. The Agenda 2063 was adopted by the AU in 2016 as a bottom-up and long-term strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next five decades.
Through Agenda 2063, Africa expects to transform into a prosperous continent based on inclusive growth and sustainable development.
The AU Ministerial Follow-Up Committee was established by the First Ministerial Retreat of the AU Executive Council that was held in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, in January 2014.
The committee was tasked with the mandate of providing political direction on the development of the terms of reference to accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2063 in all countries and to report to the Executive Council on the four strategic roles.
These roles are orientation; ensuring efficiency; financing; and accountability in the delivery of agenda 2063, the first ten-year implementation and successive plans.
The terms of reference are the core mandate and blueprint of follow-up committee to evaluate progress made at national, regional and continental levels on the implementation of Agenda 2063 particularly in the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan, said Namibian Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said that persistent financial and economic challenges called for action to ensure the successful implementation of the 13 flagship projects within a decade.
The flagship projects under the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan (2014-2023) include the establishment of the continental free trade area; the free movement of people and the African passport; silencing of guns; the formulation and implementation of the AU commodities strategy and a single air transport market that will enhance intra-Africa trade.
“These projects fall within the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan, which leaves us with only six years to achieve our goals under the plan,” she said.
She said there has been progress made on most of the flagship projects, but according to the report of the Commission, there seems to be some bottlenecks that the Ministerial Follow-Up Committee needed to address. Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also Minister of International Relations, called on African countries to meet the deadlines of the relevant projects and to put greater efforts on those that are proving to be more challenging to implement.
The 9th Joint Annual Ministerial Meetings in Addis Ababa in April 2016 recommended that stakeholders streamline and align Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 to their goals, priority areas, targets and indicators at international, continental, regional and national levels.
“In Namibia, the goals and priority areas of the these agendas have been integrated in the Fifth National Development Plan, spearheaded by the Ministry of Economic Planning and the National Planning Commission. Our national policies such as Vision 2030, the Harambee Prosperity Plan and the sectoral strategic plans also speak to the aspirations, goals and priority areas contained in Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030,” she said.