Implementing Busan: Africa calls for binding Global Action Plan

ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire–Ministers, parliamentarians, institutions, academia, and civil society organisations met for the African Multi-stakeholder Consultation organized by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) last 24-26 February in preparation for its 1st High Level Meeting in Mexico.

Participants in the meeting re-affirmed their commitment to the principles of development effectiveness. All stakeholders also reiterated the need to intensify the implementation of Busan agreements and therefore call for a binding Global Action Plan that will measure collective progress.

The Abidjan meeting follows a series of sub-regional consultations over the past years to help shape a common Africa position which has now led to the African Action Plan on Development Effectiveness that will also serve as the region’s input for the HLM this coming April.

The document raised important issues and regional priorities on development effectiveness including the 1) unfinished aid agenda, 2) their capacity for development effectiveness, 3) regional dimension of development effectiveness, 4) south-south cooperation, 5) ending aid reliance, and 6) building new development cooperation architecture.

Among the key concerns deliberated during the consultation, participants stressed the need to prioritize domestic resource mobilization (DRM), including effective tax administration reforms, domestic private sector development and effective natural resource governance to drive Africa’s inclusive growth and transformation.

Africa’s position on development effectiveness is guided by the African Union’s vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” The Action Plan is also informed by the AU Agenda 2063 as well as the region’s post-2015 common position all converging to reinforce the regional dimension of development cooperation.

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