An African Union for the Future
Panel 1: 09:30-11.00
In November, African Union (AU) heads of state will convene for the fourth time in a year, with the aim of accelerating the Union’s reform process, a key priority of the current AU chair, Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
While the March 2018 signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement in Kigali is considered a major success, the AU still faces challenges around the structure and financing of the institution. Among the 55 member states there are differing views on the substance of reforms as well as the form of the process.
How is the reform process going? What direction is the union choosing? Is it equipped and ready to take on the challenges set out in its Agenda 2063?
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), The Nordic Africa Institute and the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda, held a seminar with two members of the Reform Advisory Committee where the state of the AU was discussed, as well as its roadmap and implementation to reform the organization.
Cristina Duarte, Former Minister for Finance and Planning of Cabo Verde, and member of the AU Reforms Advisory Committee
Johannes Oljelund, Director-General for International development cooperation, Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Iina Soiri, Director of The Nordic Africa Institute
The seminar was moderated by Mats Karlsson, former Director of UI.
Opening remarks by Christine Nkulikiyinka, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to Sweden.
Coffee break 11.00.11.30
Panel 2: 11:30-12:30
After a coffee break the seminar reconvened, and Donald Kaberuka gave a keynote speech.
Donald Kaberuka, Special Envoy of the AU on sustainable Financing for the Union and funding for Peace in Africa, and member of the AU Reform Advisory Committee. Former President of the African Development Bank Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors