SENEGAL-AFRICA-DEVELOPPEMENT / The AU takes stock of the first decade of execution of its Agenda 2063 – Senegalese press agency

Dakar, May 7 (APS) – Representatives of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the African Union Commission and the State of Senegal met Tuesday in Dakar to take stock of the first decade of execution of Agenda 2063 of the pan-African organization.

This meeting is also part of the activities to launch the second ten-year plan of Agenda 2063, the execution of which begins this year. It will continue until Friday.

Agenda 2063 is ”the blueprint and master plan […] aimed at transforming Africa into a world power.

”The first decade of the implementation of Agenda 2063, from 2014 to 2023, has allowed our continent to make significant progress […] and to create the conditions for convergence” of AU member states, reported Aboubacar Sakho, technical advisor to the Senegalese Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation.

Aboubacar Sakho, technical advisor to the Senegalese Ministry of Economy, Planning and Cooperation

Over the last ten years, Africa has made “considerable” progress in the areas of Internet popularization, gender equality, women’s empowerment, access to healthcare health, maintenance and preservation of peace, said Mr. Sakho while speaking at this meeting dedicated to the examination of implementation reports of Agenda 2063.

He recalled that political stability and peace are the foundations of “effective and successful implementation” of the master plan aimed at transforming Africa into a world power.

The continent must make “more efforts” in strengthening its public institutions, improving the standard of living of its populations and in many other areas, according to the Senegalese official.

He points out that ”Senegal’s political commitment to the implementation of Agenda 2063” has resulted in ”a total integration of the commitments” made at the continental level ”in our economic development plan and social”.Edem Messa-Gavo, an ACBF monitoring and evaluation expert

According to Aboubacar Sakho, Senegal carries out each year “a review of the progress recorded” in the implementation of its economic and social policy, in accordance with the commitments made by the member states of the African Union. ”It’s that […] which allowed Senegal to produce the Agenda 2063 monitoring report every two years while respecting deadlines,” explained Mr. Sakho.

”Senegal is a good student in terms of good practices”, because it meets obligations in terms of deadlines by producing ”quality reports”, according to Edem Messa-Gavo, an expert in monitoring and evaluation of the ‘ACBF.

There are “gaps” and “weaknesses” in the monitoring and evaluation of many countries, he noted.

”One of the obligations is that States make efforts to carry out systematic monitoring, to prepare reports […] defining the performance of Agenda 2063,” underlined Mr. Messa-Gavo.

”More reporting is needed [d’évaluation] to see what did not work, avoid the mistakes of the first decade and detect good practices with a view to good follow-up” of the economic and social policy defined by the African Union, underlined Botho Kebabonye Bayendi, the Director of Programs and Delivery at the African Union Office for Agenda 2063.

According to her, only 12 countries have submitted the reports requested by the pan-African organization.

“Many things have impacted our implementation,” she noted, citing as an example the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact of climate change in certain regions of the continent.

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