On 25th May 2015, I and my colleagues at the NEPAD Agency have joined the AU, the entire continent and indeed the Diaspora in celebrating yet another ‘Africa Day’ under the theme: “Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.
In 1963 the newly “independent” African countries came together to form the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) that would promote the unity and solidarity of the new African countries and act as a collective voice for the African continent. Notwithstanding this desire, the same countries also emphasised the importance of the sovereignty of their respective countries and inviolability of their borders.
Africa’s reflection on its own future will be on how to foster inclusive prosperity, reduce potential for violent confrontations and create conditions for peaceful co-existence. And this is the Africa we want.
NEPAD Agency CEO Dr Ibrahim Mayaki joined yesterday a Policy Dialogue on the impact of South-South Cooperation on Africa’s development at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Midrand.