Assembly of the African Union, 14th Ordinary Session, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January-2 February 2010

Sectors : International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions, Regional cooperation and integration, Science, research and technology general, Agricultural investment and production, Education capacity, Health systems, medicines and regulation, ICT, Sustainable development, Adaptation, Mitigation and low carbon growth
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Heads Of State


Commitments in: Development partnerships - International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions

“Decision on the integration of The New Partnership For Africa’s Development (NEPAD) into the structures and processes of The African Union including the establishment of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA)

The Assembly,
1. RECALLS AND REAFFIRMS the Decision of the Second Session of the Assembly in Maputo of July 2003, the 13-Point Conclusions of the Algiers New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Brainstorming Meeting of March 2007 as endorsed by the Tenth Ordinary Session of the Assembly in Addis Ababa in February 2008 and the outcomes of the Dakar NEPAD Review Summit of April 2008 as the basis for the integration of NEPAD into the structures and processes of the African Union (AU);...

a. The establishment of the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) as a technical body of the African Union in replacement of the NEPAD Secretariat with the mandate to:

i. Facilitate and coordinate the implementation of the continental and regional priority programmes and projects;

ii. Mobilize resources and partners in support of the implementation of Africa’s priority programmes and projects;

iii. Conduct and coordinate research and knowledge management;

iv. Monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes and projects; and

v. Advocate on the AU and NEPAD vision, mission and core principles/values.”


Commitments in: Infrastructure - ICT

“Addis Ababa Declaration on Information and Communication Technologies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development

WE, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, meeting in the Fourteenth Ordinary Session of our Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 31 January 2010 and from 1-2 February 2010:

Reaffirming our commitment to the principles and objectives as enshrined in the Constitutive Act of the African Union and our collective commitment to achieve the development of the Continent through the promotion of research in all fields, particularly in the area of science and technology;

... Recalling our commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to achieve the sustainable development of our Continent;

Reaffirming our determination to eliminate poverty, improve public health and education, increase agricultural production, as well as attain the MDGs;...

i) INTENSIFY the activities to implement the Reference Framework for Harmonisation of Telecommunication and ICT Policies and Regulations in Africa, the action for the development of postal sector as well as the African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy;

ii) STRENGTHEN national programmes and regional cooperation for the development and interconnection of broadband infrastructures, the deployment of Regional Internet Exchange Points, and the improvement of rural area connectivity based on the principles of technological neutrality, non discrimination and open access, in support of the PIDA and through the use of synergies with the transport and energy sectors;

iii) ACCORD, in our Telecommunications/ICT development policies and strategies, particular attention to the postal sector, a vital vehicle for reaching out to our populations in rural areas and the digitalisation of the broadcasting technology in Africa;

iv) DEVELOP programmes and actions on training, acquisition of basic competences in Communication and Information Technologies and on capacity building, particularly for national and regional regulatory organs;

v) PROMOTE research and development actions as well as an environment favourable to innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector with a view to finding solutions and services suited to the conditions and needs of African users;

vi) SUPPORT the effective operationalization of the Forum of Telecommunications Regulators’ Assembly as a non-binding Body, and the activities to create local content and socio-economic services adapted to Africa’s development imperatives and implement cyber-strategies that guarantee security, freedom, confidentiality and the development of each and everyone;

vii) ENCOURAGE harmonization and efficient management of radio frequency spectrum, at both the national and the regional levels, of the scarce resources of the sector (radiofrequency spectrum, numbering plans, etc) and promote a coordinated approach for the efficient development of broad band services;

viii) PROMOTE favourable regulatory environment for the implementation of innovative public-private partnership and financing models, the sharing of infrastructure, favourable taxation on ICT equipment as well as all the measures needed at national and regional levels to lower the tariffs and provide better quality of service in the sector.”


Commitments in: Climate Change - Adaptation

“Decision on the Fifteenth conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol

The Assembly,...

...2. ENDORSES the provisions of the Copenhagen Accord and ENCOURAGES all Member States that may wish to do so, to make individual submissions to the Secretariat of UNFCCC supporting the Accord in the context of the common but differential responsibilities and supported with the means of implementation;

3. REAFFIRMS its continued stand to remain united in all future negotiations on climate change; and ENDORSES that the leadership of H.E Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, as Coordinator of CAHOSCC, be extended to lead CAHOSCC for the next two (2) Conferences of Parties (COP16 in Mexico and COP17 in South Africa, in 2010 and 2011 respectively)...”