Kagame made the remarks today as he attended the virtual [email protected] Symposium that coincided with the organization’s 20-year anniversary since it was established 2001.
The President said that the organization has had a great contribution to African development with its mission to eradicate poverty and integrate Africa into the global economy, focusing on good governance.
Kagame highlighted that NEPAD has throughout the years remained focused to its mission.
“NEPAD’s values are part and parcel of the reform spirit we have seen in the African Union over the past several years, with good results,” he noted.
In 2018, NEPAD’s mission was changed to serve as the driving force for Africa to achieve Agenda 2063.
Kagame underscored that the organization’s structure and functioning gives it capacity lead development agenda.
“It is therefore no accident that NEPAD officially became the African Union Development Agency in 2018. NEPAD’s track record makes it the ideal institution to help lead implementation of Agenda 2063 on behalf of the African Union,” he said.
Kagame called on African countries to support the organization to achieve its mission.
“I thank the partners who have supported NEPAD over the last two decades, both in Africa and beyond. I call on Member States to continue supporting the multiple partnerships that AUDA-NEPAD has developed,” he enthused.
Kagame emphasized that backing Continental free Trade Area (CFTA) is of priority areas.
“Honouring our statutory commitments as Member States is not only our duty; it is good value for money. Doing so also facilitates resource mobilisation more broadly,” he said.
Kagame also thanked Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki for having led NEPAD with integrity and commitment for more than a decade and ‘for his extraordinary service to our organisation, and to our continent’.
NEPAD was created in in July 2001, NEPAD was created, few months after the African Union was founded to replace the Organisation of African Unity in May 2001.
NEPAD’s mission was to eradicate poverty and integrate Africa into the global economy, with a focus on good governance. It officially became the African Union Development Agency in 2018.
Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa are among countries that spearheaded the establishment of NEPAD. Many others rallied to the NEPAD cause in the following years.