The Executive Council of the African Union adopted the statute, rules of procedure and structure of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) at the 35thOrdinary Session of the Executive Council, in Niger, on 4 and 5 July 2019.
The African Union Development Agency-NEPAD, with its clearly defined mandate and legal identity, is now the first development agency of the African Union, with its new mandate being:
(i) To coordinate and execute priority regional and continental projects to promote regional integration towards the accelerated realisation of Agenda 2063;
(ii) To strengthen capacity of African Union Member States and regional bodies; advance knowledge-based advisory support, undertake the full range of resource mobilisation, and serve as the continent’s technical interface with all Africa’s development stakeholders and development partners.
The African Union Development Agency-NEPAD is responsible for implementing the continent’s major projects for regional integration, with the close collaboration of both the public and private sectors.
Working towards Africa’s integration, the Agency will also play a fundamental role in the realisation of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
The new AUDA-NEPAD mandate gives the organisation a wider role in terms of providing knowledge-based advisory support to African Union Member States with regards to development strategies and capacity development, to support them in driving their development.
Moreover, the Agency will play a critical role in disseminating best practices and support countries’ efforts in developing their capacity and leverage on regional and global partnerships.
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