Pretoria, Wednesday, December 6, 2017: The second political meeting of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) platform took place on Wednesday, 6 December 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa where a new bureau was elected.

COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya, who was the vice chair, handed over to his counterpart at the Economic Community of Western Africa States (ECOWAS) while the chairmanship went to African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

During the meeting, the AGA Roadmap 2018-2020 Development Plan, and the Concept of the 2018 Flagship project of the fight against corruption, which is the 2018 AU theme was approved.

In his capacity as Vice Chair, Mr. Ngwenya articulated his views on the governance challenges in Africa and advocated for a change of mindset and deeper political, economic and institutional transformation to deliver a better future for Africa.

Discussions centered on the review of the AGA activities during the two-year tenure of the outgoing Bureau, focusing on cooperation among African Union organs and Regional Economic Communities, as well as citizen engagement, knowledge management and coordinated efforts in conflict prevention.

Mr. Ngwenya advised the new Bureau to focus on the formalization of the AGA through its merger with Africa Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the financial ownership of the AGA agenda. He pledged individual and collective support to the new Bureau.