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The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is now the African Union Development Agency.

NEPAD Agency, the African Union’s own instrument established to champion catalytic support to countries and regional bodies in advancing the implementation of the continent’s development vision – as articulated in the seven aspirations and 20 goals of Agenda 2063.

African Union Heads of State and Government at the recent AU Summit in Mauritania, approved the establishment of African Union Development Agency as the technical body of the African Union with its own legal identity, defined by its own statute.

Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Agency

Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD Agency (pictured), said:

“A core aspect of the current reforms is to streamline and improve effectiveness and efficiency in delivery in the implementation of AU decisions, policies and programmes across all AU organs and institutions. In this sense, as the NEPAD Agency is the technical implementation agency of the AU, one specific recommendation in the Kagame report is to transform it into the AU Development Agency. We are enthusiastic about this transformation, which will make it possible to deploy our programmes even more effectively in the service of our continent’s development.”

The statue of the new development agency will be developed and presented for adoption at the next AU Summit in January 2019.

The current reforms at the AU are an affirmation by member states of their commitment to the NEPAD Agency as the Union’s own instrument established to champion catalytic support to countries and regional bodies in advancing the implementation of the continent’s development vision – as articulated in the seven aspirations and 20 goals of Agenda 2063.