Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, 28 March 2012- The key development challenges facing Africa are the issues of project financing and the sustainability of such financing.
Speaking at the Colloquium on 10 Years of NEPAD, Erastus Mwencha Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) said this in the context of crisis that these issues affect all development institutions.
Participants at the NEPAD congress here have called on African countries to accelerate regional integration, technology, economic progress, peace and mobilize local funds to deepen as well as accelerate gains recorded in the past ten years.
President Rawlings said a hugely resourced continent such as Africa should be able to give real stimulus to the African Union and its organs such as NEPAD to implement progressive initiatives that pursue a common African agenda of continental development.
"If there were no NEPAD, there would be need to establish one" said a participant at the NEPAD colloquium and congress as part of activities assessing the achievements and challenges of the pan-African initiative over the past 10 years.
The New Partnership For Africa’s Development (NEPAD),sensitization workshop for African Media Practitioners is underway in the capital city of Ethiopia, with a call on journalists. To be in forefront of promoting the continent’s development agenda particularly as it relates to agriculture.
Two key NEPAD architects, ex Presidents Mbeki of South Africa and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria as well as Jerry Rawlings of Ghana will address NEPAD Colloquium on 28 March in Addis Ababa. PM Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and the AUC Chairperson will also speak.
The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, the technical arm of the African Union, will on March 28 organise a one-day colloquium and congress in Addis Ababa to brainstorm on the future of NEPAD and Africa’s development.
The NEPAD Agency, will on 27 March hold a workshop to mobilize journalists and raise awareness as part of activities marking its 10th Anniversary celebrations, under the theme: “Reflecting on Africa’s past and future”.