MAY 2019


 Prosperity: Delivering growth in an environment of lower commodity prices: 

  • Improve productivity through market integration and specialisation in goods with comparative advantage

  • Increase internal demand through Intra-African trade and diversified economic structures

  • Connecting, integrating the continent through transforming Africa’s infrastructure in transport, energy, ICT, and transboundary water networks

Civil Society: Accountability and good governance through activism:

  • Empower civil society role and inclusion of its representatives at the institutional level of the region

  • Training and education of civil society to ensure accountability and good governance through judiciary, legislative and executive levels

  • Improve efficiency and management of civil society organisations

Technology: Providing technological solutions to enhance good governance and regional economic cooperation in areas such as energy, climate change, transport and telecommunications:

  • Creation of African technology hubs in cities throughout the continent

  • Cooperation in research and development to achieve synergy and efficiency

  • Promote technology entrepreneurship initiatives

In the last 15 years,  Africa  has been less exposed to armed conflict risk which set the stage for rapid economic growth of 5-6% per year.  With this sustained period of growth, extreme poverty has decreased by around 40% and Africa’s growth is deviating from reliance on global demand for commodities. However, this is not the whole story, Africa ‘s growth is neither sufficient nor inclusive. Africa is the second most unequal continent according to the African Development Bank. Furthermore, Africa ‘s share of the global production and trade is declining.

Given small national markets and landlocked countries, regional integration has being seen as a rational response to the difficulties faced by the continent. African governments have engaged in many regional integration arrangements with ambitious targets. However, several of these arrangements have membership overlaps and poor implementation record.

Peace and Security: Evaluating the prospects of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) 2016-2020 roadmap:

  • Early warning and conflict prevention mechanism

  • Peace-making, peace support operations, peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction and development

  • Sharing expertise in democratic practices, good governance and respect for human rights; and humanitarian action and disaster management

Institutions: Lessons from the Euro for the African Economic Union and Single Currency:

  • Slow currency integration vs rapid currency integration

  • Minimize raising household and government debt levels, trade imbalances, and structural system problems

  • Ensuring monetary policy flexibility

Smart Diplomacy: Engaging African youth in international affairs:

  •  Pan African programmes for youth leadership

  • Increase youth representation in different institutions

  • Promotion of international affairs at the grassroots level in schools and community centres