President Paul Kagame has called for urgent input by member states towards the institutional reformation of the African Union.
Kagame, President Idriss Deby of Chad, Moussa Faki Muhamat, the commission chairperson of African Union, at the invite of Alpha Conde of Guinea, on Monday April 24th met in Conakry to exchange knowledge on the institutional reformation of African Union.
President Conde is the reigning president of the African Union.
Kagame stressed the pertinence of the forthwith implementation of the reforms while speaking to the attending presidents about the initiative that was adopted in January 2017.
The Rwandan president argued that the rapid change in global context is the major propelling factor for this cause.
“The basis for the urgency of these measures is clear. The global context is changing rapidly. Standing united, with a common vision of our continent’s interests and aspirations, we can bend the trail of history in Africa’s favour,” he said.
He also voiced the “need to accelerate the decision to finance the African Union with a levy on eligible imports.”
With that worked upon, he suggested, “everything else flows and we cannot afford to get bogged down.”
According to Kagame, “moving quickly with those reforms, which can be implemented right away” and working under the same goal while inviting partners is very crucial for the success of the union.
“One example is speaking with one voice, when Africa as a whole engages with external partners. Nobody benefits from the confusion inherent in the current method of doing business. The Chairperson of the Commission and the Chairperson of the African Union should take the lead,” he said.
“Another example is to agree on a binding mechanism to ensure that Member States are held accountable for respecting key African Union decisions, such as the ones on financing and institutional reform,” he added.
In May, officials from the AU Commission and representatives from member states are expected to gather in Kigali for an extensive briefing on the reforms implementation.
The new reforms, as per Kagame’s speech, will “re-align African Union institutions to deliver on those key priorities, connect the African Union more closely to citizens, so our people feel they have a stake in its work, manage the business of the African Union more efficiently and effectively, notably in how Summits are conducted and how personnel are selected.
In the new reforms, the African Union will also focus on key priorities with continental scope, while empowering Regional Economic Communities to take the lead where they are best placed to do so.
The funds to run the project will be from the member states, which kagame urged members on saying, “We intend to review the implementation timeline and ensure that the new Commission has the resources needed to move forward at full speed.”