HE Mr Erastus Mwencha, AUC Deputy Chairperson: Address Africa Post-Busan Technical Working Group Meeting AUC, Addis Ababa

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I have the pleasure to be among you today and open this meeting of the Africa Post-Busan Working Group. We all agree that Africa’s voice resonated with clarity in Busan, displaying political will and commitment to making effective development a reality. Indeed, Africa managed to mobilize different stakeholders in developing a Common African Position which served to guide our negotiations at the High Level Forum 4 in Busan last year. But let me stress that the job is far from being accomplished and it is even more urgent that we gear up to collectively inform the new global partnership. We have a chance to shape development cooperation. It will not be easy but we owe it to our countries and future generations of Africans to make this happen so that they can enjoy a different global order.

For the new partnership to serve Africa, it should by all means be structured in a way that will help deliver the reforms to aid that furthers countries’ development priorities. The African constituency should therefore build on the momentum gained pre-Busan. African Leaders at the 18th African Union (AU) Summit of January 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, noted with satisfaction the efforts made before and in Busan and requested the AU Commission and NEPAD Agency to actively take forward the post-Busan agenda through inclusive and Africa-wide consultations in the determination of a new Global Partnership. It is the hope of the African Leaders that this endeavour be country riven with facilitation support at the regional level.

Both internal and external strategic and transformative partnerships are important for us to strongly influence the global governance structure and monitoring mechanism in a way that serves Africa’s interests well. To this effect, Africa is adopting a two-pronged strategy under the Africa Platform for Development Effectiveness (APDev). At the political level, we are working towards setting up a Ministerial Working Group to drive the post-Busan process from an African strategy on development effectiveness. At the technical level, we will work through the Africa Post-Busan Technical Working Group and African group in the Post-Busan Interim Group (BIG). On this basis, we will ensure inclusive and Africa-wide consultations for a strengthen voice and representation in the global process.

I therefore wish for you to seriously consider the following as you deliberate towards a common response to the 2nd PBIG meeting:

  • From an African perspective, the Post-Busan governance framework and architecture must reflect our realities, specific development needs and voice, with representation by countries and regional structures.
  • To do so, we need to build a strong African voice that will define the terms on which we will engage in the global discussion, and form our alliances, partnerships, including within the South. It is only through such alliances and changes in the global balance of forces that effective development will be possible.
  • For Africa, the post-Busan agenda is in essence a programme to exit Aid dependency and attain Development Effectiveness, anchored on human and institutional capacity development for productive and service sector growth.
  • We must continue to reflect on how APDev can advance our agenda and assist Africa countries not only to participate in the global information exchange, but also to transform into knowledge based societies and economies, by mobilising and utilising our development resources.

Lastly, in the lead up to Busan, we set the tone and foundations towards building a coalition of change agents for Africa’s Development Effectiveness agenda. It is fundamental that we jointly take our success further with dedication and unity because together we are stronger.

I wish you a productive working session anchored on the commitment that this constituency has displayed to date. It is deeply encouraging to see Africans taking charge and determined to get their voices heard and registered in shaping a new global partnership.

I thank you.