JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jun 10 – Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed Wednesday joined other African Foreign Ministers in calling for the domestication of Africa’s Agenda 2063.
Agenda 2063 in Africa’s development print for the next 50 years and aims to achieve an integrated, united and borderless Africa, which speaks in one voice and permits the free movement of goods, capital, services and people.
“Agenda 2063 represents a harmonised approach in tackling the challenges facing the continent and offers the best promise to the achievement of the African renaissance,” Mohamed said.
“Agenda 2063 must be cascaded and integrated into our national and regional development plans. This will ensure the Agenda is sustained as part of national and regional priorities,” added the CS.
The Cabinet Secretary was speaking in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the Ministerial Retreat of the Executive Council of the African Union which convened under the theme “Towards the First 10-Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063,”
The retreat brainstormed on the draft First 10-year Implementation Plan as well as other relevant issues including all flagship projects under Agenda 2063.
The Cabinet Secretary underlined the need for candid discussions on the financing of Agenda 2060 as a prerequisite for its success.
“We need to appreciate that Agenda 2063 will remain an excellent document for the shelves if appropriate financing strategies are not in place,” she said.
The Cabinet Secretary further said it is imperative to popularize the agenda among the people of Africa to in order facilitate ownership and ensure its sustainability.
Mohamed also stressed that the domestication of the Agenda will expedite progress towards removal of restrictions which continue to impede Africa’s intra-continental trade.
“Africa is the most fragmented continent in the world and has the lowest intra-continental trade, a mere 10 percent, as compared to nearly 70pc amongst the 28 European Union (EU) Member States and 52pc amongst Asian countries,” Mohamed said.
Agenda 2063 has five ten-year plan frameworks and the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan was prepared by the AU Commission assisted by NEPAD, AfDB and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
The flagship projects envisaged under Agenda 2063 include construction of an integrated High Speed Train Network, the Great Inga Dam, establishment of a Single African Air Transport Market, the Continental Free Trade Area and the Pan African E-Network.
A key target under the Agenda is silencing guns by 2020 which speaks of the commitment to resolve all conflicts and ensure peace in the entire continent.
The retreat is taking place ahead of the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union from 14th -15th June, 2015 which will also be attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta.