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'African needs to fast track capacity building to achieve Vision 2063'

African Union’s Vision 2063 - Africa has to fast track its capacity development if the African Union’s Vision 2063, designed to get the entire continent to middle- or upper-income level, is to be achieved, according to Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, the Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).

Prof. Nnadozie made the remark at a press conference here Friday on the sidelines of the 22nd Ordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The AU, at its 50th Anniversary Jubilee celebrations last May, announced a roadmap for “Vision 2063” which aims to help the continent uplift itself economically and socially.

Prof. Nnadozie said it would require a lot of human, organizational and institutional capacity to achieve sustainable development in the continent.

Capacity building in this areas from  the local administration levels to the continental level, Prof. Nnadozie said, is of paramount importance to reach the stated goals in Vision 2063.

“Growth is not enough, African countries are growing at an average of 5% annually, but this has to be coupled with youth unemployment,” cautioned the Executive Secretary who assumed duty as chief of ACBF last month.

According to reports cited by the ACBF, the continent needs a job creation for 200 million of the continent’s youth population.

The Executive Secretary also stated that Africa’s economy not only needs to create job opportunities but also needs to be diversified for growth to be generated from in areas where jobs can be generated in a sustainable manner.

The Executive Secretary was on his first high-level mission to the AU Summit where he actively engaged donors and partners of ACBF alike, undertaking back to back meetings and courtesy calls.

The African Capacity Building Foundation was founded in February 1991 with a stated mission to build a sustainable human and institutional capacity for sustainable growth and poverty reduction in Africa.

It was as an outcome of collaboration between African governments and the international donor community, with a stated vision for Africa to be recognized as a continent with effective institutions and policies acquired through sustained investment in people and institutions.

Pana 02/02/2014