African stake hold­ers to meet in Tu­nisia

The Pak Banker - - 6BUSINESS -

From March 11-12, 2013, African Min­is­ters, par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and pol­i­cy­mak­ers met in Ham­mamet, Tu­nisia, to en­sure that Africa plays a proac­tive role in shap­ing the fu­ture global devel­op­ment agenda.

In his ad­dress to del­e­gates, African Devel­op­ment Bank Vice- Pres­i­dent for Op­er­a­tions Aly Abou- Sabaa said this is the time for Africa to set its tar­gets for the post- 2015 devel­op­ment agenda, adding it is crit­i­cal that the voice of Africa is heard and ac­cepted in for­mu­lat­ing the agenda.

The meet­ing was hosted by the African Devel­op­ment Bank (AfDB), and co-or­ga­nized by the United Na­tions Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion for Africa (ECA), the Africa Union Com­mis­sion (AUC) and the United Na­tions Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP). The meet­ing was the third and fi­nal con­sul­ta­tion on the post-2015 devel­op­ment agenda, fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions in Mom­basa, Kenya (Oc­to­ber 1-2, 2012) and Dakar, Sene­gal (De­cem­ber 10-11, 2012).

The themes of the meet­ing in­cluded Africa’s pri­or­i­ties for the post-2015 devel­op­ment agenda, the fi­nanc­ing of fu­ture goals and link­ages with ex­ist­ing pro­cesses such as Rio+20. The meet­ing also in­cluded a re­view of the find­ings of pre­vi­ous na­tional and re­gional con­sul­ta­tions on the post-2015 agenda.

Par­tic­i­pants agreed that fu­ture devel­op­ment goals should be about qual­ity rather than the quan­ti­ta­tive fo­cus of the MDGs. There was a strong con­sen­sus for in­creased fo­cus and bet­ter po­lit­i­cal sup­port.

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