The NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency is going to be transformed into the African Union Development Agency in accordance with a decision taken at the recent 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

Commenting on the development on Monday Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Agency, said: “A core aspect of the current reforms is to streamline and improve effectiveness and efficiency in delivery in the implementation of AU decisions, policies, and programmes across all AU organs and institutions. 

"In this sense, as the NEPAD Agency is the technical implementation agency of the AU, one specific recommendation in the Kagame report is to transform it into the AU Development Agency. We are enthusiastic about this transformation, which will make it possible to deploy our programmes even more effectively in the service of our continent’s development.”

During the session in Nouakchott, the Assembly approved the establishment of African Union Development Agency as the technical body of the African Union with its own legal identity, defined by its own statute.  

The statue will be developed and presented for adoption at the next AU Summit in January 2019.

The Assembly commended the leadership of Senegalese President Macky Sall, Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee, for reinforcing the credibility of NEPAD that has been acknowledged in the international community, including the G20 and the G7.

Reforms at the AU are an affirmation by member states of their commitment to the NEPAD Agency as the Union’s own instrument established to champion catalytic support to countries and regional bodies in advancing the implementation of the continent’s development vision – as articulated in the seven aspirations and 20 goals of Agenda 2063.

NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) is an economic development program of the African Union, which was adopted at the 37th session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Lusaka, Zambia in July 200.

 - African News Agency (ANA)