Presentation on theme: "STRATEGY AND BUSINESS PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR THE NEPAD, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND TRADE DEPARTMENT STRATEGY AND BUSINESS PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR THE NEPAD,"— Presentation transcript:
STRATEGY AND BUSINESS PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR THE NEPAD, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND TRADE DEPARTMENT STRATEGY AND BUSINESS PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR THE NEPAD, REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND TRADE DEPARTMENT AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK Tunis, Tunisia 5-7 July 2007 STRATEGIES, PRIORITIES AND EXPECTATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA Dr. Robert M. Okello, Director NEPAD and Regional Integration Division
Outline Africas Development Challenges Mandate of ECA Strategic Framework Programme Structure NEPAD and Regional Integration Division Partnership Collaboration with ADB
Africas Development Challenge Phases of Africas Development Period CharacteristicGlobal FactorsAfricas Response Regional Initiatives 1960 – 1970 Political Independence Commodity Boom Institution Building OAU ADB 1970 – 1980 Military Rule Oil Crisis Cold War 1980 – 1990 Africas Lost Decade SAPsLagos Plan of Action (1980) UNTACDA I and IDDA I PTAs: COMESA, SADC, ECCAS, UMA
Phases of Africas Development (Cont.) Period Characteristic Global factorsAfricas Response Regional Initiatives 1990 – 2000 Turn - Around Globalization - Rio (1992) - Cairo (1994) - Beijing (1995) - Copenhagen (1995) Abuja Treaty AEC (1991 UNTACDA II and IDDA II Cairo Agenda for relaunching Africas development (1995) 2000 – Present Renaissance claiming the 21st Century More Globalization - MDG (2000) - Doha (2001) - Monterrey (2002) - Johannesburg (2002) - Paris (2005) - G 8 Focus on Africa - UNGA Focus on Africa NEPAD AU USA
Mandate of ECA Originalcurrent - Promotes the economic and social development of its member States - Foster intra-regional integration, - Promote international cooperation for Africa's development. The Commissions mandate and role are consistent with and complementary to those of AU and AfDB. ECA contributes to: - Promoting regional integration in support of the African Union vision and priorities. -Meeting Africas special needs and emerging global challenges.- Assist and facilitate the work of the African Union (AU) and the regional economic communities. - Strengthening the partnership with the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank (AfDB)
Mandate Within its general mandate, ECA has played and continues to play the role of: Advocacy and catalyst for spearheading development in Africa Articulating issues, producing policy responses and incisive publications to guide and orient member States development efforts on a number of key issues and problems Building capacities through training, seminars, workshops, advisory services, and provision of technical assistance Monitoring and analysing countries economic performance, including providing them with early warning signs and corrective measures to get their economic fundamentals on track
Strategic Framework The United Nations Summit outcome Document defining new areas of development focus The UN Secretary Generals Management Reforms The exercise on Review of Mandates in the UN system The new Cooperation Agreement between the United Nations and the African Union: 10 year Capacity Building Plan for the AU The need to ensure better coherence of UN support to Africa, and The Need for enhanced partnership.
Strategic Framework (Cont.) The ECA Business Plan Achieving the MDGs Integrating for development Benefiting from globalisation Strengthening institutions and capacity for development
Strategic Framework (Cont.) Strategic orientation and repositioning Two key areas of concentration now underpin ECAs strategic orientation: Promotion of Regional integration in support of the African Union vision and priorities, and Meeting Africas special needs and the emerging global challenges. These special needs and challenges include: MDGs, globalization, gender equity, NEPAD and APRM, sustainable development, statistics, ICT and governance
Strategic Framework (Cont.) Expected outcome: Increased regional integration and effective integration into the global economy Accelerated progress towards achieving the MDGs, including poverty reduction, sustainable development and gender equity Improved macroeconomic policies, political and economic governance Enhanced development of ICT and participation in the knowledge economy Improved statistical capacity of member States to enable planning for achieving the MDGs and for monitoring progress, and Strengthened and better-networked institutions and centers of excellence to build Africas capacity for sustained development.
Strategic Framework (Cont.) The subprogrammes are focused on the following themes: Subprogramme 1.Trade, finance and economic development Subprogramme 2.Food security and sustainable development Subprogramme 3.Governance and public administration Subprogramme 4.Information and science and technology for development Subprogramme 5.Economic cooperation and regional integration Subprogramme 6.Gender and women in development Subprogramme 7.Subregional activities for development Subprogramme 8.Development planning and administration African Subprogramme 9.Statistics
Strategic Framework (Cont.) Strengthening of ECAs Subregional Offices A major part of this strategic orientation and repositioning consists of strengthening ECAs five Subregional Offices by decentralizing more staff and resources to them, so that ECA can have a stronger Subregional presence and proximity to its member States. The ECA five Subregional Offices (SROs) are: SRO for North Africa based in Rabat, Morocco SRO for West Africa based in Niamey, Niger SRO for Central Africa based in Yaoundé, Cameroon SRO for Eastern Africa based in Kigali, Rwanda, and SRO for Southern Africa based in Lusaka, Zambia.
Strategic Framework (Cont.) Mandate of SRO Lead in shaping ECAs agenda and its implementation at the Subregional level Promote and support specific Subregional priorities and programs Operate Subregional nodes for knowledge management and networking. Act as privileged partners of the RECs Partner with African Union Commissions Subregional offices and institutions Engage member States through UN Country Teams, and Participate in joint AU-ADB-ECA programmes on regional integration
ECAs NEPAD and Regional Integration Division (NRID) Main objectives: Strengthen the process of regional integration in Africa through promoting intra-regional and international trade as well as physical integration, with particular emphasis on the transport and communications sector. Strengthen the United Nations system support for the implementation of NEPAD at the regional and Subregional levels Support to NEPAD Secretariat
ECAs NEPAD and Regional Integration Division (NRID) (Cont.) Expected accomplishments of NRID Strengthened national capacities for policy-making in the area of regional integration. Increased national capacities to adopt policies and programmes for rationalizing and streamlining the regional economic communities and other institutions of regional integration in Africa Enhanced coherence, coordination and cooperation among United Nations agencies in support of the implementation of NEPAD at the regional and Subregional levels Improved cooperation and coordination between United Nations agencies and African continental organizations (African Union, African Development Bank and the regional economic communities) for the effective implementation of NEPAD at the regional and Subregional levels.
ECAs NEPAD and Regional Integration Division (NRID) (Cont.) NRID Sections Regional Integration Section Infrastructure Section NEPAD Support Unit.
ECAs NEPAD and Regional Integration Division (NRID) (Cont.) Major Areas of Work Promotion of Regional Integration Institutional Support to RECs Assessment of Regional Integration in Africa (ARIA) Support on trade issues
ECAs NEPAD and Regional Integration Division (NRID) (Cont.) Major Areas of Work (Cont.) Infrastructure and Natural Resources Development Transport: SSATP; Almaty Programme for Landlocked Least Developed Countries; Yamoussoukro Decision on African Air Transport; Road Safety Energy: Capacity Building for Integrated Resources Planning (IRP) for Energy/Electricity in Africa. Water: Africa Water Development Report; UN Inter-Agency Group on Water; African water information clearing houses; Climate for Development (ClimDev) Africa Programme. Mining: Integrating mining and mineral issues in development; Promotion of mineral clusters; Advisory services to countries
ECAs NEPAD and Regional Integration Division (NRID) (Cont.) Major Areas of Work (Cont) Support to NEPAD – Strategic Partner Regular work programs - ECA specifically takes into account NEPADs objectives in the preparation of its biennial work programs and budget Responding to specific requests from NEPAD organs and related structures as a continuous strategic partner of NEPAD (5 Year Evaluation) Creation of continent-wide initiatives such as the African Development Forum, the Big Table meeting, and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers Learning Group, that have helped advance Africas development agenda. The NEPAD Support Unit in NRID was designed to strengthen ECAs support to NEPAD and its role of coordinating and operationalizing UN support to NEPAD. The establishment of the unit is already beginning to have some impact.
Special Initiatives The Big Table A platform senior policymakers from Africa and OECD for informal discussions of issues for sustained growth and poverty reduction, the critical importance of African leadership and commitment and the importance of mutually reinforcing partnerships between the continent and its development partners to achieving effective outcomes. African Development Forum provides a platform for all stakeholders, member States, the private sector, civil society and development partners, to engage in candid and constructive dialogue and build consensus on major challenges facing the African continent.
ADF Meeting No Theme Major Outcome I – Oct The Challenge to Africa of Globalization and the Information age NICI Plans implemented in many African countries. RICI being developed with RECs II – Dec 2000 AIDS: The greatest Leadership Challenge Consensus Statement formed basis of AU Heads of States and Government Abuja Declaration on HIV/AIDS and other Related Infections Diseases; the GA Special Session on HIV/AIDS; and CHIGA (2001) III – March 2002 Defining Priorities for Regional Integration Consensus Statement informed AU decisions on accelerating progress in Regional Integration IV – Oct Governance for a progressing Africa Measuring and Monitoring Good Governance in Africa; Africa Governance Report used in APRM V – Nov Youth and Leadership in the 21st Century Launching of the African Youth Charter
Big Table Meeting No ThemeMajor Outcome I – Nov International Development Goals and PRSs Africa PRSP Leaving Group established 2 nd Generation PRS II – Oct Governance and the African Peer Review Process APRM is successful Implementation of NEPAD III – Jan Mutual Accountability and Development Aid Effectiveness Agreement to monitor development aid effectiveness in African countries and OECD countries. First report on mutual Review of Development Effectiveness produced in 2005 IV – Feb The Challenge of Effective Management of Natural Resources for Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa Action Plan for Managing natural resources
Partnerships Partnership with UN system UN Regional Consultations Mechanism for inter- agency coordination to support both the NEPAD agenda and key priority issues of the AU Commission. Tripartite ECA/AUC/ADB collaboration Joint Secretariat to foster much stronger and seamless partnership with the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank based on a shared vision of Africas development objectives as embodied in NEPAD and AU priorities
Partnerships Bilateral ECA-AfDB Partnership 2006 ECA and AfDB Executives, senior and technical staff met again in Golden Tulip Hotel, in Tunis agreed on the following areas of collaboration: Knowledge Management, Capacity Building and Statistics Governance, Post Conflict, Fragile States Agriculture, Natural Resources, Energy, Environment/Water and sustainable development Regional Integration, RECs issues, Trade and Private Sector Promoting gender equality and womens empowerment
Possible Areas of Collaboration with ADB ARIA IV on intra-African trade and subsequent ARIA series Evaluation of NEPAD Capacity building for mainstreaming regional integration and NEPAD at national level Studies, workshops/seminars on trade facilitation Support to the implementation of the NEPAD Medium to Long Term Strategic Framework (MLSF) for infrastructure development. International Investment Conference on Infrastructure and Natural Resources Development in Africa