The NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat is currently undertaking a workshop aimed at fostering national development and integration from 19th to 24th February, 2024 in Naivasha, Kenya. The workshop is centred on Agenda 2063, a strategic framework for the socioeconomic transformation of the African continent. Additionally, the workshop seeks to plan a course towards the realization of Agenda 2063’s objectives within the Kenyan context.

Agenda 2063, adopted by the African Union in 2013, serves as a roadmap for achieving inclusive and sustainable development across the continent over the next five decades. It encompasses critical pillars such as economic diversification, infrastructure development, gender equality, youth empowerment, and continental integration, among others.

The workshop kicked off with opening remarks from the Director, NEPAD Programmes, Dr. Rose Kitur who emphasised the importance of collective action and collaboration in driving sustainable development agendas. Dr. Kitur further underscored the need for synergy between national priorities and continental aspirations to accelerate progress towards the Africa we want by 2063.

During the workshop session, the technical team led by Dr. Rose Kitur, engaged in discussions, knowledge-sharing, and strategic planning exercises aimed at aligning Kenya’s national development plans with the overarching goals and aspirations outlined in Agenda 2063. By domesticating Agenda 2063, Kenya aims to harness its potential for transformative change, fostering socioeconomic progress, and advancing the well-being of its citizens.

Consequently, the workshop focused on the Secretariat’s Strategic objective, criteria for designing innovation hubs/Centres of excellence, concept and proposals on women empowerment programme and the development of concept note on monitoring of the LAPSSET corridor.

Consequently, the workshop serves as a platform for exchanging best practices, lessons learned and innovative approaches to address common challenges facing Kenya and other African countries. The Secretariat staff are expected to delve deeper into specific thematic areas, identify priority areas for intervention, and develop implementation plans. Additionally, mechanisms for monitoring will be established to track progress, and ensure accountability in the implementation of domesticated Agenda 2063 initiatives and the monitoring of LAPSSET Corridor.

Through this workshop, Kenya reaffirms its dedication to realizing the aspirations of the citizens and contributing to the collective vision of an integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa by 2063.

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