Experts Task NEPAD On Political Representation
19 August 2012, The Guardian Nigeria
THE Expert Group Meeting has called on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to accelerate engagement of the private sector, civil society and grassroots political representation to enhance implementation of the regional initiative.
A draft report concluding deliberations, at the weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, highlighted need for NEPAD to be more inclusive, noting that "so far, important sectors such as the private sector, civil society and grassroots political representation such as parliamentarians – though very vital actors in the development process – are not sufficiently engaged in NEPAD processes.”
Addressing participants at the closing session, Director of the Economic Development and NEPAD Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, praised them for "high quality proposals, which will definitely take NEPAD some steps ahead in its assigned mission.”
He said he was impressed by the quality of the proposals and varied inputs especially as they emerged from "a sincere multilateral dialogue.”
Nnadozie also praised the Regional Economic Communities for their massive attendance, which, by all accounts, is proof of a renewed interest not only in regional integration but also in the strengthening capacity across the continent.
"I am energised by the kind of feedback we have had from the Regional Economic Communities,” he said.