Stakeholders from different departments in the country, on Wednesday, discussed the African Union Commission (AUC) proposed domestication of Agenda 2063. Organised by the African Union Commission, the meeting was held at a hotel in Bijilo.
The African Union Agenda 2063 was formed in May 2013 after independent African states gathered in Addis Ababa to celebrate the 50 years anniversary of African Union Commission (AUC), now African Union (AU), with the continent looking ahead towards the next fifty years.
On the occasion of the golden jubilee of the OAU, African’s political leadership acknowledged past achievements, challenges and rededicated itself to the Pan African vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.
Agenda 2063 is a plan for Africa’s structural transformation, which was agreed upon by the African Union golden jubilee in May 2013. The vision of the Agenda 2063 is to become an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.
The Agenda has been divided into 7 aspirations or arenas in which the “Africa We Want” in 2063 namely: A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development; an integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideas of Pan-Africanism and the vision of Africa’s renaissance; an Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law; a peaceful and secure Africa; an Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics; an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children; and Africa as a strong, united, and influential global players and partner.
Speaking during the meeting, Yaya Drammeh, the deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, said the Agenda 2063 was formulated following extensive consultations across all spheres as far as Africa’s socio-economic development is concerned.
He explained that the Agenda is divided into five ten-year development plans with the first ten-year development spanning 2013-2023, noting that it re-echoes the aspirations of African and Africans of “The Africa We Want” in 2063 and hinges on 7 strategic arenas or aspirations.
According to him, it’s in their collective interest as Africans to join hands and heads to ensure the successful implementation of this Agenda for the progress and prosperity of Africa.
Drammeh lamented that it’s saddening to note that despite Africa’s wealth in terms of natural resources, its people continue to be the poorest in the world.
“We in The Gambia shall leave no stone unturned in the domestication of this Agenda,” he promised.
As the country starts the formulation process of the PAGE successor, National Development Plan, he said the meeting could not have come at a better time for them, while urging the participants to seize this opportunity to accquaint themselves with the Agenda 2063, its financing mechanism, and other processes involved in domesticating and mainstreaming it in their National Development Plans.
The DPS told participants that they are in the forefront of this exercise, particularly the PAGE Thematic Working Group members.
He called on the African Union Commission (AUC) to reinforce their support to them in terms of capacity building and technical support for better understanding of the Agenda 2063 and its successful implementation.