The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), October 2001

Sectors : Regional cooperation and integration, Industry
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Development partnerships - Regional cooperation and integration

“121. Objectives
- To reverse the brain drain and turn it into a ‘brain gain’ for Africa;

- To build and retain within the continent critical human capacities for Africa’s development;

- To develop strategies for utilising the scientific and technological know-how and skills of Africans in the diaspora for the development of Africa.

122. Actions
- Create the necessary political, social and economic conditions in Africa that would serve as incentives to curb the brain drain and attract much-needed investment;

- Establish a reliable database on the brain drain, both to determine the magnitude of the problem, and to promote networking and collaboration between experts in the country of origin and those in the diaspora;

- Develop scientific and technical networks to channel the repatriation of scientific knowledge to the home country, and establish cooperation between those abroad and at home;

Ensure that the expertise of Africans living in the developed countries is utilised in the execution of some of the projects envisaged under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.”


Commitments in: Private Sector development and financial services for the poor - Industry

“(v) Tourism

160. Objectives
- To identify key .anchor. projects at the national and subregional levels, which will generate significant spin-offs and assist in promoting interregional economic integration;

- To develop a regional marketing strategy;

- To develop research capacity in tourism;

- To promote partnerships such as those formed via subregional bodies. Examples include the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the SADC.

161. Actions
At the African level:

- Forge cooperative partnerships to capture the benefits of shared knowledge, as well as providing a base for other countries for entering into tourist-related activities;

- Provide the African people with the capacity to be actively involved in sustainable tourism projects at the community level;

- Prioritise consumer safety and security issues;

- Market African tourism products, especially in adventure tourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism;

- Increase regional coordination of tourism initiatives in Africa for the expansion and increased diversity of products;

- Maximise the benefits from the strong interregional demand for tourism activities, by developing specialised consumer-targeted marketing campaigns.”