Botswana: SADC releases blueprint for Africa ahead of elections

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - With five days before African Union (AU) heads of state vote to elect a new chairperson, SADC’s endorsed candidate has released her blueprint for the continent.

Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) candidate and Botswana’s foreign affairs minister, on Thursday issued a five-point pledge for strong reforms, if elected chairperson.

According to the statement the proposed plan includes the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD); forging stronger integration between African Union Commission (AUC) and regional bodies; re-introducing activity reports at annual summits to brief members on the work of the AUC and ensure attendance of regional summits; and visits by the AUC.

In addition, Dr. Pelonomi wants follow-up on implementation of the Kigali summit on funding to speed up process and assess other mechanisms available to the Commission to generate income for the Union including discussions with the private sector.

Dr. Venson-Moitoi said the African Union was uniquely positioned to contribute to laying the foundations to realise Africa’s bright future and to achieve the Vision 2063 goals.

“This is not an easy task, though. It will require stewardship and drive; energy and perseverance; pan-African activism; action-orientation and diplomacy; as well as ability to reach consensus,” said Dr. Venson-Moitoi.

She offered to commit to promoting practices that seek to enhance Africa’s quest for democratic development.

“I will galvanise the support of all Member States of the AUC to ensure that, together, we champion democratic governance,” concluded Dr. Venson-Moitoi.
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26 january 2017 11:21:17

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