As African celebrates the 2021 Africa Day (AD), this is the time to rededicate ourselves to the implementation of Agenda 2063 which has collaboration between public and private sectors as its major implementation platform.
Agenda 2063 is the vison adopted by all African leaders covering developmental goals for all sectors of African society. This Agenda which is already under implementation should be supported by Africans both at home and in the diaspora.
In a statement issued by the President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar to mark the 2021 day, Agenda 2063 was described as a sustainable African path out of poverty, underdevelopment, economic woes, conflicts and infrastructural deficit.
The Agenda is appealing to business sectors across Africa because it has a major component which is an implementation partnership with organised private sector in Africa.
As we push ahead with the implementation, we enjoin African Union New Partnership for African development (NEPAD), Regional Economic Commission and member states to move beyond rhetoric and engage and involve the private sector in the execution of flagship projects which cover energy, telecommunication, transportation, education, health, amongst others.
Africa leaders are assured that the continent’s organised private sector is more than capable to deliver on critical projects especially across the value chains.
We particularly call for urgent adoption of localisation policies in the Agenda 2063. This will contribute to job creation, knowledge transfer and human capital development.
It is also time for friends of Africa especially international development organisations to show more interest in the realisation of the lofty, bold and aspiration of Agenda 2063.
Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar