Morocco emphasized, on October 1 in Kigali, the urgent need to speed up the institutional reform of the pan-African institution, which remains dependent on the effective and efficient implementation of the African Union’s (AU) Second Ten-Year Plan of Agenda 2063.
Intervening at the Ministerial Retreat on Agenda 2063 (October 1-3), Morocco’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Mohamed Arrouchi, stressed the key role played by the pan-African institution and its various bodies in executing, supporting and evaluating the implementation of the continental development agenda.
The Moroccan diplomat underlined that the common march towards development requires inter-African solidarity, the exchange of expertise, and regional integration.
Arrouchi noted that the realization of the vision of Africa can only be achieved through a strong involvement of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the development process, taking into account the specificities of African states in the design of the objectives of the next plan.
In a similar context, the Moroccan ambassador stated that effective collaboration between the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Member States, continental institutions, and civil society is a challenge and a key to achieving the objectives of Agenda 2063.
The Moroccan diplomat also stressed that in the current continental context, marked by unprecedented challenges, “our Union is called upon to demonstrate creativity in the effective implementation of the second ten-year plan, its monitoring and evaluation and speed up the implementation of development strategies and programs aimed at food, energy, and health security.”
The Moroccan diplomat stressed that good neighborliness and the non-interference in the affairs of States, in line with the noble causes and vital interests of the African continent and its citizens, far from any narrow agendas or interests, to guarantee lasting peace and stability, is a sine qua non condition for the development and implementation of the Second Ten-Year Plan of Agenda 2063.
The Ministerial Retreat on Agenda 2063 aims to discuss and seek strategic guidance on the results of the Agenda 2063 Special Project, which focuses on the evaluation of the First Ten-Year Plan and the formulation of the Second Ten-Year Plan to implement Agenda 2063, as well as on the classification of flagship projects and financing issues.