Former Malawi president Dr Bakili Muluzi is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia among former heads of state attending a summit on sustainable development for Agenda 2063, a blue print for future development of the continent.
The conference is being chaired by AU Commission Chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and Dr Carlos Lopez, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.
“We need Africa to live the dream of Agenda 2063,” Muluzi said.
The former Malawi leader saidfthere is need for transformative path to the economic development of Africa through syncing the Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)..
“ Governments in the continent should implement not only the Agenda 2063 but also the global Development goals ,” said Muluzi, stressing that peace and political stability is the prerequisite.
Dlamini Zuma said the implementation of Agenda 2063 will help Africa meet the SDGs of ending poverty, zero hunger or quality education, water, sanitation, protecting the planet, gender equality, reducing inequalities and ensuring prosperity for all.
Agenda 2063 has a 50-year horizon with five 10-year implementation plans that cover 2013-2063, founded on the African Union vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”
The blue print was adopted in January 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by the 24thAfrican Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government as a shared strategic framework for inclusive growth and sustainable development.
This aspires to an Africa that is integrated, united, peaceful, sovereign, independent, confident and self-reliant; with world class, integrative infrastructure that crosses the continent; seamless borders and management of cross-border resources through dialogue; and dynamic links with the African diaspora.
The plan for Agenda 2063 notes that it will not happen spontaneously, but requires “conscious and deliberate efforts to nurture a transformative leadership that will drive the agenda and defend Africa’s interests.”
Each region and country has a plan that contributes to the vision.
The AU has its first 10-year plan 2013-2023. SADC has its 15-year Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan.
The African Agenda 2063 predicts that African countries will be among the best performers in the global “quality of life” measures by that date.
“This will be attained through strategies for inclusive growth, job creation, increasing agricultural production, investments in science, technology, research and innovation; gender equality, youth empowerment and the provision of basic services including health, nutrition, education, shelter, water and sanitation.
“Africa’s collective GDP will be proportionate to her share of the world’s population and natural resource endowments.”
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