ULS and USAID-SAFE delegates at the End of Project meeting for the "Promoting Access to Justice: An ADR Based Justice Delivery Approach funded by USAID-SAFE Managing Land Conflicts Using ADR" project held at Silver Springs Hotel on 19th June 2015
On May 25 when we commemorate the Africa Day of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) we celebrate as the People of Africa, our unity, in our diversity as we express our deep appreciation to the founders of the OAU for having bequeathed an Africa free from slavery, colonialism and apartheid. The OAU paved the way for the establishment of the African Union where we recognize that the destiny of Africa is in our hands, and that we must act now to shape the future we want. The theme for the Africa Day 2015 is "We are Africa". Chairman Robert Mugabe is leading us to realize the picture we have painted of what we desire for ourselves, for future generations and the continent. Headquartered in Addis Ababa, with its legislative arm, the Pan African Parliament, based in Midrand, South Africa; the AU by 2018, will abolish visa requirements for all African citizens in all African countries and African Countries will issue African Passports. The African Union Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, sets out our 7 aspirations, namely: 1) A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development; 2) An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of Pan Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance; 3) An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law; 4) A peaceful and secure Africa; 5) An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics; 6) An Africa where development is people-driven, unleashing the potential of its women and youth; and 7) Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and partner. There is a determination to eradicate poverty in one generation where people will have access to all the basic necessities of life including shelter, water, sanitation, energy, public transport and ICT. Agriculture will be modern for increased production and value addition and Africa’s collective food security and collective GDP will be proportionate to her share of the world’s population and natural resource endowments. States are urged to connect Africa through world-class Infrastructure, with a concerted push to finance and implement the major infrastructure projects in transport connecting all African capitals and commercial centres through the Africa Integrated High Speed Train Initiative and harness all African energy resources to ensure modern, efficient, reliable, cost effective, renewable and environmentally friendly energy to all African households, businesses, industries and institutions, through building the national and regional energy pools and grids. The continent should be on equal footing with the rest of the world as an information society, an integrated e-economy where every government, business and citizen has access to reliable and affordable ICT services by increasing broadband penetration by 10% by 2018, broadband connectivity by 20% and providing access to ICT to children in schools and venture capital to young ICT entrepreneurs and innovators. The picture we paint has an Africa of a universal culture of good governance, democratic values, gender equality, and respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law; with capable institutions and transformative leadership in place at all levels. The continent’s population will enjoy affordable and timely access to independent courts and judiciary that deliver justice without fear or favour. Corruption and impunity will be a thing of the past. Competent, professional, rules and merit-based public institutions will serve the continent and deliver effective and efficient services. Institutions at all levels of government will be developmental, democratic, and accountable. Above all, there will be transformation leadership in all fields (political, economic, religious, cultural, academic, youth and women) and at continental, regional, national and local levels. That is the Africa We Want. The destiny of Africa is in our hands.