African justice ministers have converged in Cairo, Egyptian capital, to brainstorm on how to transform the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) into the African Union Development Agency.
The conference which kicked off on Monday is to work out modalities for the creation of the agency in order to maximize the expected results.
The conference would also discuss the draft statute of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the draft report on legal instruments, prepared by the African Union (AU) Commission.
The results of this conference would be submitted to the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit scheduled for Niger in July.
As a reminder, the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), held in Nouakchott, formalised a historic decision for the organisation.
NEPAD is transformed into an AU Development Agency, as a technical organ of the African Union with its own legal identity and statutes.
This strategic decision within the AU is part of institutional reforms to maximise the expected results.
According to the Executive Secretary of the NEPAD Agency, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, this responds to the need to streamline and improve the effectiveness and efficiency in the implementation of AU decisions, policies and programmes through all its organs and institutions.