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ACBF hands over the Study Reports on the Capacity Imperatives for Agenda 2063

Addis Ababa
26 Jan, 2017

The Executive Secretary for the African Capacity Building Foundation, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, officially handed over three Study reports on capacity development imperatives for Agenda 2063, to the Chairperson of the African Union, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma, on Wednesday, the 25th of January, 2017, in Addis Ababa.

The AUC commissioned ACBF to undertake this study, in recognition of the centrality of capacity development to the effective implementation of Agenda 2063. The study was released in three volumes which are (1) Capacity Requirements for the New Africa Vision. This provides the conceptual and operational framing of imperatives and capacity issues required for delivering Agenda 2063; (2) Capacity Plan Framework for Agenda 2063. The Framework proposes multi-level and multi-stakeholder Capacity Development Plan that identifies an initial set of foundation capacity strengthening activities for the first 10-year implementation; and (3) African Critical Technical Skills which shows the critical technical skills needed to implement the flagship projects and AU priority programs in support of Agenda 2063.

Dr Zuma expressed her gratitude to the contribution that ACBF is making in the area of capacity development and said that this symbolic handover ceremony is a clear demonstration of the importance of joint collaboration of pan African institutions that share the same aspirations to develop Africa and understand the spirit of complementarity and not competition. She echoed the need for the same collaboration to be duplicated by other institutions.

In his handover remarks, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie also thanked the AUC, particularly the Bureau of the Chairperson and the Strategic Planning Department for the key role played in the production of these documents, as well as other partners that include the ECA, AfDB and CAPDEV. He also underlined the need for African countries and their development partners to take forward the recommendations from the three studies presented, in order to fill the capacity gaps that are hindering the implementation of Agenda 2063.

The handover ceremony took place on the sidelines of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union.

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa , ,

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specializes Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erasmus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board , ,

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure. 

Hon Ken Ofori Atta – Minister of Finance, Ghana , ,

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi , ,

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.


H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission , ,
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