‘Agenda 2063’, a fifty-year development framework for Africa and the African Development Goals’ (ADGs) website was launched on September 3.
Agenda 2063 is an approach to how the continent should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the near and medium-term, so as to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation over the next 50 years. The goal of the website is to increase participation in the formation of the Agenda before its implementation.
In his opening speech, the Chief of Staff of the African Union Commission (AUC), Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Natama, stated that the newly-launched website is part of the participatory and inclusive approach by the Commission to allow each and every African to contribute towards the definition of the Agenda. “The expectation is that Africans will feel that they own the process through their participation and will be more committed to implementing the agenda,” he said.
It was emphasized that the website was created to identify and define a common vision of Africa. “Many previous initiatives to address challenges faced by the continent did not have ownership from stakeholders. This is why the AUC adopted the participatory approach to use the maximum number of Africans in order to get their views and inputs,” he continued. He also encouraged all Africans to make proposals through the website to ensure Agenda 2063 is successfully implemented. In preparation for the launch of the website for Agenda 2063, several consultations were held with different stakeholders such as civil society organizations, gender advocacy groups, private sector actors and members of the media.
Similar statements were made by the African Union Commission Director of Strategic Policy Planning, Monitoring Evaluation and Resource Mobilization, Mandla M. Madonsela. He stated that, further consultations are scheduled to take place with technical experts, academics and members of the private sector.
The new road map laid out in Agenda 2063 is said to emphasize the importance of rekindling the passion for Pan-Africanism, a sense of unity, self-reliance, integration and solidarity that was a highlight of the triumphs of the 20th century. It will also address lingering challenges of the continent such as regional political instability and financing/resource mobilization.