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NEPAD to fastrack development programmes in Kenya

28 May 2014, 17:23

Nairobi - The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) announced plans to fast-track the implementation of continental programmes intended to drive Africa’s transformation.

This follows a two-day consultative meeting for all NEPAD Focal Points in Africa, held in Nairobi earlier this week.

The NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), the Secretariat of NEPAD, in partnership with Kenya’s Ministry of Devolution and Planning, held the forum that brought together Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union Commission (AUC) as well as civil Society organisations.

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, the Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD, commended the Kenya NEPAD Office as an example of a model which could be used by other regions of Africa.

The Kenya NEPAD Office, apart from being a national office for Kenya, is also the regional focal point for NEPAD National Offices in East Africa.

He called for support from funding agencies such as the AfDB who are already supporting major continental initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), among others, to help strengthen the NEPAD National Offices given the extensive presence of the AfDB across Africa through the Country Offices.

In his statement, the AfDB Regional Director for East Africa, Gabriel Negatu, observed there had been positive cooperation and coordination between AfDB and continental institutions such as the AUC, NPCA and at a regional level through the RECs.

The forum meanwhile urged NEPAD to initiate discussions with the AfDB with a view to identifying opportunities for possible AfDB support of the NEPAD within the framework of the AfDB’s new RIS, (2014-2023).  This is critical to strengthening capacity at national level to fast-track the implementation of continental and regional programmes.

– CAJ News

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