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An African Union Mission delegation visited KIPPRA on Wednesday, 2 December 2015 to discuss the institute’s role and contribution to the implementation of Agenda 2063. The team of five held a meeting with KIPPRA’s management, including the acting Executive Director, Dr Dickson Khainga.
Dr Khainga introduced the KIPPRA staff present during the meeting and welcomed the visiting team to introduce themselves. This was followed by a detailed description by Dr Khainga of KIPPRA’s mandate, mission, mission, structure, stakeholders and its partners.
The visiting team was quite happy to learn that most of what KIPPRA does was in line with Agenda 20163’s main objectives.
Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development. The guiding vision for Agenda 2063 is the AU Vision of “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in international arena”.
According to the AU team, their visit to Kenya and other countries in Africa is meant to establish contact with key institutions expected to drive various aspects of the agenda.
Agenda 2063 aims to provide a framework and general policies as well as establish benchmarks and targets to guide the continents socio-economic development. Each country is expected to develop specific policies and strategies depending on their endowments.
According to the team, African think tanks are required to mobilize themselves and see how to be involved in the implementation of Agenda 2063. The agenda’s objectives are expected to either inspire new public policy debates or reinforce existing ones.
The AU team also heighted four broad areas that the agenda is targeting to ensure its smooth implementation. The first is a detailed communication strategy, which the commission is planning to roll out soon. According to the team, not many people know about the agenda but once the communication strategy is in place, the commission hopes the message will reach the relevant institutions and the general public.
The second area is capacity assessment, where the commission intends to identify relevant institutions at the regional and continental levels that can drive the agenda as well as assess the skills and capabilities needed. The third is the establishment of an accountability framework and monitoring of progress. The commission reported that they were working on a set of parameters to guide sourcing of data and ensure regular reporting. The last area is the identification of resources to implement the agenda, the main one being domestic financing.
The team reported that there were already three draft documents in place: one, the framework, which is the main/ technical document. The second is the 25-page popular version, which summarizes the main document. The last is the 10-year plan document.
The team explained that while there was a lot of convergence between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063, the later had unique areas. The agenda clearly highlights the role of the service industry in Africa and looks to cut down on the export of low-value raw materials. It also clearly states the culture in Africa’s socio-economic development. It also has a broad infrastructure agenda, which aims at integrating both small and big economics in Africa. Agenda 2063 also clearly brings out Africa’s space in the global agenda, which will affect future interactions. This includes Africa’s participation in global markets and deep oceans among other global arenas.
The KIPPRA team heighted research programmes and collaborations the institute had with local and regional organizations. KIPPRA was advised to work closely with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) to come up with forward-looking researches that incorporate Agenda 2063 objectives.
The KIPPRA team wanted to know whether the agenda clearly outlined the role of agriculture, education and the private sector in Africa’s development. The AU team reported that the framework had incorporated all these areas but welcomed additions, as the document was yet to be finalized. The team promised to share the technical document with KIPPRA.
The meeting ended with a group photo.