AU pursuing comprehensive program in Africa to speed up integration: senior official 

ADDIS ABABA, July 26 (Xinhua) — The African Union (AU) is pursuing a comprehensive program in the fields of transport, energy, tourism and infrastructure in Africa towards speeding up integration and socioeconomic development of the continent, has noted a senior official at the pan-African bloc.

 

The AU Commissioner of Infrastructure and Energy, Amani Abou-Zeid, was speaking at a two-day meeting of the Bureau of the Specialized Technical Committee on Transport, Trans-regional and Inter-regional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism of AU, which was wrapped up on Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  “The main objectives of the Union in these sectors is to speed up integration and socio-economic development of Africa through enhanced intra-African trade and cross-border investments, in the context of AU Agenda 2063,” said the Commissioner. Highlighting major priorities and projects of the Agenda 2063 in the fields of transport energy, ICT, and tourism, however, the Commissioner noted that the Ministerial Bureau is expected to address the key challenges that limit the achievement of set goals in these important programs of the continent, among others. “In particular, the support of the Bureau will be required to champion efforts for mobilization of resources from public and private sector for implementation of infrastructure projects of the Agenda 2063 flagship projects including those under the Priority Action Plan of PIDA (program for infrastructure development in Africa),” she said. The Commissioner also noted the lack or slow adherence of member states to AU’s policy, strategic and legal frameworks.