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Capacity Imperatives for the African Union Agenda 2063

UN Conference Centre, Addis Ababa
26 Mar, 2015
10:00 - 13:00

Hosted by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa Dr. Carlos Lopes, this high-level event seeks to raise awareness on the importance of capacity and demonstrate the role of capacity to support the AU Agenda 2063.
The event takes place alongside the 8th Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.


  • Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary, ECA
  • Dr Ahmed Shide, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ethiopia
  • Ambassador Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Special Advisor of the Chairperson of the AUC on Strategy Planning and Monitoring
  • Dr Dominique Njinkeu, Lead Trade Facilitation Expert and the Program Coordinator of the Trade Facilitation Facility (TFF), International Trade Department, The World Bank
  • Prof. Olu Ajakaiye, Executive Chairman, African Centre for Shared Development Capacity Building and President, Nigerian Economic Society
  • Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation

Format of the Panel Discussion
The event will start with a presentation by ACBF of an overview of the study on the Capacity Imperatives of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, focusing on the need to look seriously at the capacity dimensions of the Agenda, the objectives of the study, the approach and the progress to date. This presentation will provide the necessary background information that will help the High Level Panel Members to give their perspectives of the capacity challenges ahead for the implementation of the Agenda and how to address them.

Expected outcomes
It is expected that the comments and inputs made by the participants will assist in further refining the Agenda 2063 Capacity needs assessment study being undertaken by ACBF and will inform the stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of the continental agenda.

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Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana