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Kagame: AU Facing Crisis of Perception

Rwanda President Paul Kagame has warned Africa remained unprepared to “adequately respond to current global challenges” because it needed to be made fit for purpose.

Kagame said “chronic failure to see through African Union decisions had resulted in a crisis of implementation and a perception that the AU was not relevant to Africans.”

He further lamented that the AU was a “fragmented organisation” with a multitude of focus areas, viagra dosage http://coeurdepirate.com/wp-includes/class-wp-matchesmapregex.php with over dependence on partner (donor) funding.

Kagame made the remarks during a retreat of African leaders on Sunday in Addis Ababa, viagra 100mg http://cikza.com/wp-admin/includes/media.php Ethiopia.

The president was last year assigned by the 27th African Union summit in Kigali to prepare reform proposals for the AU as part of transforming it into a self-reliant continental body by 2018.

Kagame would later commission a nine-member committee to set a new agenda for the continental body’s transformation.

They included Dr Donald Kaberuka, stuff http://colegaac.org/wp-content/themes/twentythirteen/inc/back-compat.php former president of African Development Bank; Amina J. Mohammed, minister for environment of Nigeria; Mariam Mahamat Nour, minister for economy, planning, and international cooperation of Chad; Cristina Duarte, former minister for finance and planning of Cabo Verde; Dr Acha Leke, senior partner at McKinsey & Co; Dr Carlos Lopes, former executive secretary of UN Economic Commission for Africa; Strive Masiyiwa, executive chair of Econet Wireless; Tito Mboweni, former governor of South African Reserve Bank; and Vera Songwe, regional director for West and Central Africa at the International Finance Corporation.

The objective of the reforms is to put in place a governance system capable of addressing the challenges facing the Union.

Behind closed doors, the leaders extensively discussed Kagame’s biting report.

His report urged African leaders to focus on key priority areas with continental scope; realign the African Union institutions to deliver against those priorities; manage the AU efficiently at both political and operational levels; and get Africans themselves to finance the AU Commission.

“We cannot leave implementation of institutional reforms to chance or treat it as routine,” said Kagame.

“Both in the Assembly of Heads of State and the AU Commission, the responsibility for delivery of the reform agenda must be clearly assigned.”

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