AfDB NEPAD Week: NEPAD Short Term Action Plan Under Review
Tunis, 13 July 2005 – The implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Infrastructure Programme is on a fast track, the President of the African Development Bank (ADB) said on Wednesday. "Since 2003 I am pleased to note that good progress has been made in the financing of a number of investment projects", Mr. Omar Kabbaj emphasised in his opening statement at the 2004 NEPAD-Short Term Action Plan Review Workshop organized as part of activities of the NEPAD week taking place from 11 to 15 July 2005 in Tunis.
The objective of this important three-day workshop is to review progress in the implementation of the NEPAD Short Term Action Plan (STAP). The plan, formulated by the ADB in collaboration with the NEPAD Secretariat and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), was adopted by the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC) and endorsed by the African Union in June 2002. The Bank and the NEPAD Secretariat undertake yearly reviews of the the implementation of the STAP. These reviews are carried out in a participatory manner. They include a stakeholder workshop, which is held at the end of the review to validate the draft reports that are the outcome of various consultations carried out with the RECs, implementing agencies, and development partners.
The review for the year 2004 has been completed and preliminary reports have been prepared: it is in this context that the Bank is organizing the workshop. Its main objective is to discuss with the stakeholders the review results. The stakeholders will validate the analyses, conclusions and recommendations of the review, and agree on roles and responsibilities, and on the way forward.
The workshop is being attended by participants from the African Union, the NEPAD Secretariat, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Sector Organizations, River Basin Organizations, Implementing Agencies, Development Partners, and the Private Sector.
The workshop also provides the opportunity to follow-up on the recommendations and action plans agreed at the Abuja workshop on ‘Mechanisms for Capacity Building of RECS and Speeding up Implementation of NEPAD STAP Projects’ held on 7-8 March 2005 in Abuja, Nigeria.
In this regard, President Kabbaj commended the progress already made. However, he also underlined the necessity to maintain the efforts to accelerate the implementation of the NEPAD Programme: "NEPAD represents a framework, that provides a window of opportunity to re-focus and concentrate development efforts aimed at effectively re-dressing the socio-economic development of Africa. Given the increased recognition from the international community on the development needs of Africa, we must seize the opportunity to accelerate the sustainable development of our continent and redress poverty. "
This workshop was preceded by a sensitization seminar of Bank staff on NEPAD activities held in Tunis on 11 and 12 July.