New Era (Windhoek)

Africa: Mobilize African Resources for NEPAD - Pohamba

Namibia — President Hifikepunye Pohamba says the challenges facing the New Partnership for Africa's Development, NEPAD, include a lack of adequate finances to implement its programmes.

According to Pohamba, in order to remedy the situation the 18th African Union (AU) Assembly has tasked the NEPAD Agency and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to undertake a study on the mobilization of domestic resources for NEPAD development programmes.

The president was speaking on the activity report of Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) held last Saturday in Addis Ababa.

Dr Miyaki raised concerns regarding the low levels of participation and investment by the African private sector in NEPAD projects. In order to address the said concerns, Pohamba said the agency should mobilize the African private sector and encourage them to become meaningfully involved in NEPAD projects and programmes.

Pohamba noted with appreciation that an interim report will be presented at the current session of the Assembly, while a final and more comprehensive report will be submitted to the January summit in 2013.

"My delegation calls for follow-up action once the final report is tabled, because the success of the implementation of the African integration agenda depends on the availability of adequate resources. The fact that 90 percent of our programme budget is funded by our development partners, is not something that Africa can be proud of," said President Pohamba.

Pohamba proposed that the committee convene a special session to consider the mobilization of domestic resources in early 2013 after the completion of the final report by the NEPAD agency and the ECA.

In addition, he said the need to provide adequate financial and human resources to the agency to enhance its capacity to fulfill its mandate cannot be over-emphasized.

As such, he explained that the meeting should provide directives to the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the NEPAD agency to urgently finalize the organizational structure of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency.

According to Pohamba, this is necessary to enhance the internal organizational efficiencies of NEPAD into the structures and processes of the AU.

NEPAD was adopted at the 37th session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in July 2001 in Lusaka, Zambia. It is meant to develop values and monitor their implementation within the framework of the African Union.

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