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Economic crisis a challenge for Agenda 2063: Nandi-Ndaitwah

WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) - In light of the global economic crisis, the African Union (AU) will have to take decisive actions to finance 13 of its Agenda 2063 flagship projects, Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister has said.
Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, was speaking at the opening of a ministerial follow-up committee meeting in the capital on Thursday.
“These projects fall within the First-Ten Year Implementation Plan 2014 to 2023, which leaves us with only six years to achieve our goals under this plan,” she said.
Some of the flagship projects are the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area; the Free Movement of Persons; and Implementation of the AU Commodities Strategy.
The Establishment of a Single Air Transport Market is another flagship project aimed at enhancing intra-Africa trade and further accelerating the continent’s socio-economic development.
The deputy premier emphasised that there was progress made on most of the flagship projects.
“But according to the report of the [AU] Commission, there seems to be some bottlenecks that this committee meeting would need to address,” she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah called on all stakeholders to meet the deadlines of the relevant projects by putting greater effort on those that are proving to be more challenging to implement.
She also urged the AU Commission to continue mainstreaming, where applicable, the goals, priority areas, indicators and targets of Agenda 2063.
“All AU bodies and agencies should also collaborate more closely and streamline their work, because the implementation of Agenda 2063 cannot be done in silos,” she noted.
Agenda 2063 is the AU’s 50-year strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent.
It builds on and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.
The meeting is scheduled to end on Friday.

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