Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E Mrs Amira Elfadil paid a courtesy call to NEPAD Agency CEO, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki to strengthen existing collaboration between the two organisations and identify new common areas of cooperation. H.E Mrs Elfadil indicated that the recent Kagame Report on the Implementation of the Institutional Reform of the African Union (AU) reveals that there are mainly two gaps posing a threat to the development work of the AU on the continent.
“The two gaps are related to inadequacies in implementation and financing of the development work of the AU in Africa”, H.E Mrs Elfadil said.
The Commissioner stated that it is for this reason that she is leading the technical team from the AUC to NEPAD Agency to address this challenge. She said that the AUC and NEPAD Agency have a history of partnership and collaboration, and this has to be harnessed to make this collaboration more effective and efficient going forward. In order to achieve this, the two organisations have to work collaboratively beyond the technical level.
During the bilateral talks, NEPAD Agency CEO, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki emphasised the fact that there is evidently a need to work as a team and ensure we understand the complimentary roles of the two organisations as embedded in our intertwined history.
“We cannot ignore the necessity to work as a team to ensure we implement our work on the continent in a holistic and comprehensive manner,” Dr Mayaki stated.
Dr Mayaki said that we have a duty to fulfil this requirement and this meeting is very important to ensure that we strengthen collaboration between the two organisations. Dr Mayaki further re-assured the Commission that the entire team at NEPAD Agency is committed to this collaboration to ensure that AU continental Frameworks, Instruments, Policies and Strategies are streamlined, implemented and harmonised at both regional and country level.
NEPAD Agency Head of Industrialisation, Science, Technology and Innovation (ISTI), Prof Aggrey Ambali affirmed Dr Mayaki’s remarks by stating that the CEO encourages his staff to engage regularly with colleagues from AUC. As a result, the collaboration between AUC and NEPAD Agency has grown over the years and continues to grow because it is deeply rooted and has the blessings of the leadership from both organisations.
Department of Social Affairs (AUC-DSA) and NEPAD Agency ISTI agreed to continue holding the annual joint planning meetings which have been convened since 2010. In addition, it was agreed that there is a need to have two meetings in a year, for planning and reviewing progress that can also be attended by the leadership for easy follow up and to ensure that actions and activities agreed upon are implemented accordingly.
New and common areas of collaboration were also identified in health; food and nutrition security; and labour that will be strengthened. At the end of the meeting, a joint AUC-DSA and NEPAD Agency work plan for the year 2018-2019 was developed with clear roles and responsibilities and timelines. The meeting was attended by the AUC Commission for Social Affairs and her technical team from the AUC-DSA, and NEPAD Agency CEO with his technical team from the ISTI.
Source: NEPAD Agency