Spotlight on civil society role in Agenda2063
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA – SOUTH African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has delivered the keynote at the Civil Society National Consultative Forum on the African Union Agenda 2063, calling for multi-stakeholder involvement in creating a better Africa.
The forum began in Pretoria, the South Africa capital on Thursday.
The so-called AU Agenda 2063 dominated Nkoana-Mashabane’s keynote.
The African Union is currently engaged in an exercise to define where Africa should be in the next 50 years, in the year 2063.
The decision to undertake this project was taken last year in 2013 during the celebration on the 50th anniversary of the AU.
“To that end, the African Union is engaged in continent-wide consultations with different sectors, to solicit the input of all of us into Agenda 2063. Each Member Country of the African Union has also been conducting its own national consultations, hence we are here today.
“We have been talking to the youth, women, academia and our Parliament will soon be holding a Joint Sitting on this subject. These are just some of the consultations that are happening,” the minister said.
The purpose of Thursday’s gathering was to get Civil Society’s insight of the Africa they want in 2063, inspire Civil Society into participating fully and providing support leading to the development of African Union Agenda 2063, gather inputs for the finalization of the Agenda 2063 Draft Framework Paper for consideration by Cabinet, validate the critical issues that will influence the continent’s transformation and determine how Africa should resource its transformation and continental institutions.
“Our gathering here, therefore, is for us to engage and discuss together about the future we want. In other words, we have to express ourselves on the type of Africa we want by 2063 in terms of political and socio-economic development; human welfare, governance, peace and security, Africa’s place in the world, and your role and place in it,” said Nkoana-Mashabane.
She stressed the importance of civil society in the Agenda 2063.
“Indeed, the African Civil Society is best positioned to reflect upon Africa’s past, draw appropriate lessons, as well as examine the present and the future in order to propose measures to address past challenges and forge ahead a development path that our people yearn for.
“In this regard, we need to provide concrete recommendations on what policies and strategies should be implemented to ensure a better, technologically advanced and highly competitive Africa in 2063 with meaningful and productive engagement with its relevant stakeholders.”
– CAJ News
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