The AfDB and Its Partners Reflect On Africa's Future Development Called "Agenda 2063"

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Representatives of the AfDB, the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic Commission for Africa, and the NEPAD Secretariat gathered in Tunis on 25-26 June 2013 to discuss the African Union's 'Agenda 2063'. Work on Agenda 2063 was initiated by the heads of the AfDB, the African Union Commission, and the during their meeting in January 2013 to deliberate on Africa's development in the next 50 years. It is an attempt to ensure that Africa's future is driven by policies and programs created mainly by African institutions. It sets out to establish a credible platform on which Africa can build its future development.

When completed, it will have taken full account of the policy difficulties and pitfalls of the past, including civil strife and poor governance, and propose strategies to overcome them. It will also seek to inspire African countries to continue emphasizing the themes of solidarity and collaboration that helped the continent emerge from colonial domination.

Development of Agenda 2063 will include consultations with stakeholders, namely governments, the private sector, women, youth, various think tanks, and civil society groups, throughout Africa. It will then be presented, discussed and adopted at the AU Heads of State and Governments Summit in June 2014.

The African Union Commission (AUC) delegation was led by Febe Potgieter Gcubule, Senior Adviser to the Chairperson of the AUC and the Director for Strategy in the AUC, Mandla Madonsela. The Economic Commission for Africa was led by Emmanuel Nnadozie, and the NEPAD Secretariat by Mr. Gengezi Mgidlana. The AfDB was represented by Alex Rugamba, director of Regional integration and Trade Department, Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, director of Research Department, and Hakim Ben Hammouda, Special Advisor to AfDB President.

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