Shawgei Salah Ahmed
Long-term strategic planning for the African continent is a big step forward. When a failure in planning is considered planning for failure, then many efforts on the continent need to be honed and refined in one crucible for an integrated vision of the virgin continent, the cradle of humanity.
Development in this planning is a prominent indicator of the growing awareness of the young generation. On this continent, it is noticeable that the gradual progression from the centenary goals of development, through the goals of sustainable development, ending with the strategic vision of the Africa Agenda 2063, contributes effectively to clarifying the future fullness of the continent and defines the future visions of the workers in the field of development.
The Vision of the African Union is for Africa “to become an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”
Integration happens through integrated development; using effective means in development thinking on the largest possible scale, through using the available opportunities provided by modern technology to direct efforts and unify the visions of the 1.2 billion people inhabiting Africa towards a promising future.
The Main Steps for the Next Decade
The most important determinants of the first decade are unified planning in terms of integrating implementation plans into national plans to unify the development trends of the member states of the African Union.
What would follow would be mobilizing resources to fund unified programs and plans so that there is no waste of limited resources while setting priorities for support.
The third determinant is to evaluate the capabilities of the members of the African Union and the regional economic groups to draw a roadmap for the current situation and determine the pace of future progress for the implementation of development programs and priorities.
The last determinant is the strategy of continuous communication and coordination to build partnerships that help shape the Africa we want; a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development.
An integrated Africa politically united and based on African identity and the renaissance of Africa is dominated by good governance, democracy, and respect for human rights and the rule of law.
It is an Africa that is reined in peace and security, which has a strong, firm cultural identity, common heritage, common values , and ethics. An Africa, whose citizens lead the helm of its development that depends on the energies of its people, especially African women, and youth, and cares for children.
A strong and united Africa is a flexible and influential global player and partner.
Priorities for development projects for 2063 strategy
The concept of sustainable development in Africa means development that meets current needs without affecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
By focusing on three areas of economic, social, and environmental development, on this basis, these projects, dating back to 2015 and destined for 2063, were designed to meet these needs.
• An integrated high-speed rail network project to connect all African capitals and commercial centers to facilitate the movement of goods, services, people, to reduce transportation costs, and reduce congestion in current and future systems.
• African virtual and electronic universities, to increase access to university and continue education in Africa by reaching a large number of students and professionals.
• Formulating a commodity strategy that enables African countries to obtain added value, reap a greater return for their goods, and integrate into global value chains.
• Establishing an annual African forum, designed to bring together African political leaders, representatives of the private sector, academics, and civil society to discuss developments and constraints as well as measures that should be taken to achieve the ambitions and goals of Agenda 2063.
• Establishing a continental free trade area by the year 2017 AD, aiming at accelerating the pace of intra-African trade growth and using trade more effectively as an engine for sustainable development growth.
• African passport and the movement of people.
• The project of implementing the Great Inga Dam and generating electricity at a rate of 43,200 megawatts “The Infrastructure Development Program in Africa” to support the existing regional power stations and associated services to move Africa from traditional sources to modern sources of energy while ensuring that all Africans have access to clean energy at reasonable prices.
• The African Electronic Network; which includes a wide range of stakeholders and envisages the development of policies and strategies that lead to electronic applications and services in Africa, especially the wide range of inter-African terrestrial infrastructure and Internet security.
• Silencing the guns’ voice by the year 2020, ending all wars, civil conflicts, and practices of gender-based violence and violent conflicts, preventing genocide, and monitoring progress achieved through the establishment and activation of the African Human Security Index.
• The African Outer Space Strategy and the Promotion of Africa’s Use of Outer Space to strengthen and support development in the areas of agriculture and disaster management, remote sensing, banking, and financial services, climate forecasting, defense, and security.
• Establishing a unified African market for air transport, providing an African market for air transport to facilitate air transport operations.
• Establishing African financial institutions to accelerate the pace of integration and socio-economic development of the continent when it comes to mobilizing resources and managing the financial sector.
In the end, the challenge of silencing the guns and stopping wars and conflicts will remain the biggest challenge and the major obstacle in the way of the sustainable development strategy in Africa. The challenge is great and the greatest hope is to see Africa as a strong continent that restores to the world the required balance for the benefit of humanity.
Shawgei Salah is a researcher, writer, environmentalist and a member of the Young African Leaders Summit (YALS). He can be contacted at Shwgy2000@gmail.com