Post 2015: Africa unanimous on devt agenda

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ADDIS ABABA – The AU Commission on Wednesday Addis Ababa inaugurated the final document a Common African Position (CAP) on Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The AU Commissioner for Affairs, Dr Anthony Maruping, presented the document at a news conference.

The final document was presented ahead a UN debate consolidate the gains MDGs by extending it with a new development agenda and a new timeframe.

AU officials said the agenda would apply a top-down-approach which would rely heavily on domestic finances and less on Official Development Assistance ensure sustainable growth.

The 28-page document contains six major areas development priorities agreed by all African countries as “Common African Position’’ replace the UN MDGs which is expected elapse 2015.

The six-pillar document was prepared by AU High-Level on Post- 2 Agenda, led by the Liberian President, Mrs Ellen Johnson.

The pillars included Structural Transformation and Inclusive Growth, Science, Technology and Innovation, People-Centred Development, Environmental Sustainability and Finance and Partnership.

The commissioner said that the MDGs had assisted African countries redirecting their development priorities and setting targets to measure progress as well as stepping up effort to meet them.

He said that the African Development (AfDB), under its Africa 50 , and the AU alternative sources of funding were working to evolve funding mechanisms to the post- 2015 development agenda.

NAN reports that the AU presented the document in the presence of officials from South Africa, Ethiopia, Liberia and Algeria. (NAN)