Addis Ababa – The partitioning of the African continent remains due, at least in part, to a low mobility of people, goods and services between African countries, said Friday the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat .
“It should be emphasized that the partitioning of the continent remains due, at least in part, to a low mobility of people, goods and services between the Member States of the Union, our low agricultural production capacity and the insecurity energy”, underlined Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat in a message on the occasion of the African Union Day (9 September).
It is in the wake of this observation that the second decade of implementation of Agenda 2063, which starts in 2023, will unfold. It will revolve around three central objectives: to ensure greater physical connectivity of the continent through the construction of roads and other communication infrastructures, to establish the conditions for sufficient internal agricultural production to reduce imports of foodstuffs and to acquire technical capacities to succeed in the energy transition, noted the President of the AU Commission.
“Mobilizing all the resources, intellectual, financial and material, to achieve this triple objective constitutes a collective challenge that calls on everyone to be creative, inventive and above all bold,” he said. .
In this regard, the President of the Commission invited “all African women, all Africans, on the continent and in the diaspora, to join in the collective effort to build ”the Africa we want” through a permanent desire to surpass oneself, guarantee of excellence, whatever the field of activity in which one exercises”.
On the other hand, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat returned to the evaluation of the first decade of the implementation of Agenda 2063 (2013-2022), citing in this context important achievements confirmed, among others, by the highly advanced operationalization of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ZLECAf) and the transformation of NEPAD into an African Development Agency.
Also included in the assessment of achievements, in particular the integration of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) into the structures of the AU, the creation of Africa CDC and its commitment to the fight against pandemics, in particular that of the covid-19, of the African Medicines Agency, progress in integration efforts at the level of Regional Economic Communities, the institutional involvement of the private sector as a financial lever, the institutionalized practice of appointing Heads of State and government by the AU Assembly as Champions for the themes considered central to the development of the continent, and the actions carried out in the context of the fight against all forms of insecurity: political, health, climate and food, noted the President of the Commission who also cited the actions carried out in the fight against terrorism and the harmful effects of climate change.