AU Commission experts, ed who were visiting Uganda, met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials led by the Permanent Secretary Amb. Patrick Mugoya, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Headquarters to discuss the domestication of AU’s “Agenda 2063” in Uganda.
Aiming to encourage discussion among all stakeholders, “Agenda 2063”, will ensure that countries effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the short, medium and long term.
According to an April 28 statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member states hope the project (Agenda 2063) will ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.
The African Union’s “Agenda 2063” was adopted at the 24th Ordinary Session AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia January 2015.
The Assembly, the statement reads, “Directed the AU Commission to work closely with Member States to prepare and submit the First 10-Year Implementation Plan (2013-2023) for approval by the meeting of the AU Policy Organs in June 2015.”
Member States as well as RECs are also supposed to take measures to domesticate AU Agenda 2063 into their plans for development at national and regional levels.
During their stay, the AU Commission team held meetings with various Government Stakeholders in NDPII, to share their views on the initiative.
They also met with the Speaker of Parliament, Solicitor General and officials from National Planning Authority (NPA), Ministry of Finance, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) respectively.
The Head of the African Union at the MOFA, Amb Simon Ajiku said, “The meeting is necessary for Uganda to implement the 10-Year Implementation Plan for Agenda 2063 and the visit by the technocrats is timely and welcome”.
He stated that the AU Commission officers were to learn that Uganda is fulfilling 75-76 (%) of what is mandated under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063.
Amb Ajiku stressed that MOFA is looking forward to a workshop to involve MDAs and create awareness of the requirements to implement Agenda 2063.
The team which has so far traversed 33 member states was accompanied was also accompanied by Amb. Idule Amoko, Deputy Head of Mission, at the Uganda Mission to the AU in Addis Ababa for the 4-day visit (May 25th to 28th).