Kigali, 04 October 2023 (TDI):  The African Union Executive Council Retreat on Agenda for 2063 has successfully concluded, marking three days of robust deliberations aimed at accelerating the implementation of Agenda 2063.

Organized by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda, the retreat convened ministers from the AU Executive Council, finance and planning ministers, members of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), AU Specialized Offices, African Union Organs, and Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

The Ministerial Retreat, held under the theme “Accelerating the implementation of Agenda 2063” from 1-3 October 2023, aimed to deliver on the Second Ten Year Implementation Plan (STYIP), guided by the evaluation of the First Ten Year Implementation Plan (FTYIP) 2024-2033.

Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, outlined the seven Moonshots aligning with the seven Aspirations of Agenda 2063, emphasizing the courage and conviction needed to turn these ambitions into reality.

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Vincent BIRUTA, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda, commended the progress made in the first decade of Agenda 2063 while acknowledging the existing gaps.

He highlighted the need to focus on poverty reduction, job creation, free movement of people, and ensuring a secure and peaceful Africa in the Second Ten Year Implementation Plan.

Dhoihir Dhoulkamal, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Comoros and Chairperson of the Executive Council, emphasized the importance of relying on national resource mobilization for the STYIP to achieve Agenda 2063’s development objectives.

The African Union on Agenda for 2063, adopted in January 2015, embodies the aspirations of the African people. The second decade of Agenda 2063 will focus on acceleration, building on the convergence achieved during the first decade.