Development institution to help African economic communities

Elizabeth Christopher, Abuja

The African Capacity Building Foundation has pledged to use its expertise to help regional economic communities (RECS) achieve their objective of integrating Africa and leveraging its sustainable development.

The African Capacity Building Foundation is the Continent’s leading capacity development institution.

The Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie said if the RECS, is well capacitated it would be able to effectively coordinate the implementation of the first 10 years of the action plan of African Union’s Agenda 2063 and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Professor Nnadozie said ACBF’s assistance to the communities would be in collaboration with partners such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s Agency (NEPAD Agency) and the International Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

“The Foundation plans to scale-up on its regional economic training programs to cover such areas as regional integration, trade negotiation and domestic resource mobilisation, amongst others,” the Executive Secretary stated.

He said ACBF has published knowledge products to meet the capacity needs of the communities.

They include the 2016 “Survey of the Capacity Needs of Africa’s Regional Economic Communities and Strategies for Addressing Them” and the 2014 Africa Capacity Report which focused on capacity imperatives for regional integration in Africa.

The 2016 Survey called for strengthening of the mandates of the executive secretaries and heads of Africa’s RECs to manage internal mechanisms and governance structures as well as for minimising duplication of capacity building activities across the communities.

A major recommendation in the 2014 Africa Capacity Report is that the RECS emulate ECOWAS in establishing a trust fund to which member states and development partners will contribute to their enhance internal capacities resource planning, mobilisation and utilisation.

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