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The Germany government has committed about 7.5 Million Euros to continue its support for the operationalization of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) through technical assistance for the period 2017-2019.  In addition, it will support the African Governance Platform in Information and Communication Technology infrastructure to facilitate outreach to AU citizens.

The announcement was made during the annual consultative meeting between the African Union and the Federal Government of Germany on 26-27 May 2016 at the AU Headquarters, in Ethiopia. The annual talks provide a forum for the two parties to review the status of their development cooperation and agree on new commitments.

The German delegation was headed by H.E. Mr. Guenter NOOKE, Personal Representative for Africa for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Africa Director of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

On the AU side were the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Mrs Aisha Abdullahi,  the Secretary General of COMESA, Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, who participated in his capacity as Vice Chair of the Bureau of the African Governance Platform and  Mr Roger Nkodo Dang, President of the Pan African Parliament and Chairman of the AGA Bureau.

The German delegation expressed commitment to continue supporting efforts by the African Governance Platform towards the provision of technical support to Member States. The support will facilitate the implementation and State reporting on African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance as a critical element in evaluating the democratization process in Africa.

The delegation called for regular engagements and dialogue between the Platform and AU Member States as well as designation of champion Member States on the various AGA thematic areas. The AGA Platform is the institutional framework of AGA which is mandated to implement the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and other AGA programmes.

In his statement, COMESA Secretary General underscored the uniqueness and effective format of collaboration that existed between AUC, RECs and the other organs of AU in the framework of the Platform.

“We appreciate the German support to AU and COMESA in the area of Peace and Security which enabled COMESA to implement post conflict reconstruction and development programmes in the Great Lakes Region that are aimed at improving living conditions of the population in border areas of post-conflict countries,” Mr Ngwenya said.

He encouraged the German government to continue channeling its support through AUC since this is the most efficient way of utilizing scarce resources.

The African Governance Platform Bureau called for increased support towards the strengthening of the synergy between AGA-African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) with the main focus on structural prevention of conflicts in Africa.

Both delegations commended the positive developments in the area of good governance, democracy and human rights, and the increased number of free and fair elections on the continent.

The African Governance Platform is composed of AU organs and regional Economic Communities (RECs).