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Regional integration on top of the agenda at AfCoP COMESA meeting

Lilongwe, Malawi
20 Sep, 2016

The African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP-MfDR) in COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) with the support of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) has organised the Africa for Results (AfriK4R) Learning and Knowledge Sharing Forum to be held on 22-23 September in Lilongwe, Malawi. The meeting will provide a platform to take stock of MfDR implementation among COMESA member states in the three regional policy areas of trade facilitation, business climate promotion and public financial management. The meeting will discuss the member country successes, challenges and will ultimately map the way forward for building capacity in these areas.

With regional integration high on the list of priorities for African countries, making markets more accessible is of paramount importance. One of the key push factors for regional economic integration is to improve cross-border trade and movement of skills within the region, as well as being able to speak with one voice in negotiating trade agreements with major global powers. Individual countries are often seen as too weak to get favourable deals in negotiations with big powers - even under the aegis of the World Trade Organisation. Current thinking is that the domestication of regional directives must be prioritised if Africa is to continue ‘rising’. In this light, a conducive business climate facilitated by sound public financial management policies is key. Identifying and building requisite capacities in managing for results in these areas is hence an area of concern for COMESA member countries.

This AfCoP- COMESA meeting, therefore, –will focus on sharing and linking knowledge on MfDR and creation of synergies between regional and national processes across COMESA member countries. The meeting will also be used to identify and agree on specific areas of knowledge sharing and strategies and the effective use of the COMESA regional platform. The meeting is expected to bring together over 40 senior policy makers, managers and practitioners from COMESA members states (Burundi, Union of Comoros, Congo DRC, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Seychelles, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe), experts from COMESA secretariats, ACBF and AfDB. It is hoped that this event will further entrench a results culture in Africa and contribute to the continent’s transformation agenda.


For more information, please contact:

Anne Francois,AfCOP Project Coordinator
The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Harare, Zimbabwe
+263 772 185 308 – 10

Note to editors

This meeting is organized by the African Community of Practice – Managing for Development Results (AfCoP-MfDR), through the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). The AfCoP is a community supported by the African Development Bank and the African Capacity Building Foundation.

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About the African Capacity Building Foundation

Established in 1991, ACBF builds human and institutional capacity for good governance and economic development in Africa. To date the Foundation has empowered people in governments, parliaments, civil society, private sector and higher education institutions in more than 45 countries and 6 regional economic communities. ACBF supports capacity development with grants, technical assistance and knowledge across Africa.

The establishment of ACBF was in response to the severity of Africa’s capacity needs, and the challenges of investing in indigenous human capital and institutions in Africa. ACBF interventions are premised on four principles: the centrality of capacity to the development process in Africa; the critical role of a partnership and demand driven approach in tackling capacity challenges; African ownership and leadership in the capacity development process; and a systematic, sequenced and coordinated approach to the capacity development process.

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Thomas Kwesi Quartey

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
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized 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. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

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
Goodall Gondwe

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

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

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, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana