Gambia: President Barrow backs AU reform process

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow, has pledged his backing to the African Union (AU) reform process, saying the reform is compelled by the need to change the norm in which the continental organization is being governed.

Speaking at his maiden AU summit on Monday, President Barrow, examined the proposed AU Reform proposal presented to African leader at the 29th Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and said “Through our Agenda 2063, we have summed up a vision for our Continent, a vision that is based on a peaceful, unified and prosperous Africa.

According to a statement, made available to PANA on Tuesday, President Barrow said as a consequence, African should work together to achieve their noble goals for themselves and generations to come.  

“The current challenges faced by our Continental organization require realistic and inclusive political leadership. We need to address the factors preventing us to effectively operate as a Union through the reform processes," he observed.

He said the consultative meetings that were held in Kigali and Addis Ababa, strengthened confidence in the reform process.

He added that the consultations involving members of the Pan-African advisory team, permanent representatives committee (PRC), African Union Commission (AUC) and its  ministers will continue to address the technical, legal and financial imperatives of the reform process.  

According to him, the importance of the agreed financing mechanism could not be over-emphasized, saying that it is only prudent that while the work on existing financial sources, officials should also embrace new financing mechanisms.

He also said it is crucial that the administrative and governance structures in the AU are reviewed, and commended the AU commission for its planned institutional audit exercise, noting that it will reduce the administrative challenges of the organization.

He said for this to be ultimately realized, the AU commission institutional audit team and the AU reform team should work together.

President Barrow stressed that the agreed 0.2% levy on eligible imports is a proposition for an independent and self-reliant Africa and "we need to make it a reality".

He commended the great work being done by the group of 10 finance ministers and urged them to expedite the process of developing the governance structures for the funds to be generated.

“Our commitment towards the financing mechanism will be further enhanced if we are given clear assurances that the funds to be generated will be properly managed and utilized," he noted.  

He pointed out that citizens, especially the youth, are important facilitators to this change, adding that their thinking could yield enriching ideas for the reform process.
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04 july 2017 14:19:15

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