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Support to RECs

Support to Regional Integration

Building capacity for promoting regional integration in Africa has always been a priority as part of ACBF mandate.  The Foundation has been implementing its interventions to enhance regional integration through support and collaboration with major RECs, the African Union Commission and other regional or continental institutions.

Many capacity building interventions has been successfully developed and implemented throughout the Continent. There are ongoing interventions including direct institutional support to REC’s Secretariat as well as to projects/programs that are designed to facilitate the regional integration and trade.  Given its experiences and success in supporting national policy formulation process, ACBF support to RECs has focused on establishing and promoting policy design, implementation and monitoring function through establishment of economic policy units or function with major RECs.  In that regard, the Foundation is supporting such units within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), and East African Community (EAC) and more recently in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).  Other support to RECs includes strengthening human and institutional capacity of Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC), Economic Community of  Central African States (ECCAS) and ECOWAS. 

Support to regional integration has been expanded thanked to the longstanding partnership with the African Union Commission, with funding provided to the Policy Analysis Support Unit (PASU) Project and to the AU CAP project

Other interventions in support to regional integration include human and institutional capacity strengthening of:

-         NEPAD Secretariat

-         East African Legislative Assembly

-         SADC-Parliamentary Forum

-         Pan African Parliament

-         East African Business Council

In addition to grants provided to REC’s Secretariat and to the AUC and other sub regional or continental organizations, ACBF conducted and published a number of studies and capacity needs assessments.  These are:

-          Two capacity needs assessment studies published in 2015 and in 2016

-          One (1) Africa Capacity Report focused on regional integration

-          Three documents on capacity needs assessment for the implementation of Agenda 2063, capacity development plan and critical technical skills required for the execution of the 10 year implementation plan of Agenda 2063.

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