President Mnangagwa attends virtual AU session

By Josephine Mugiyo

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has re-affirmed Zimbabwe’s commitment to fulfilling the goals and vision of continental development.


He was speaking during the 39th virtual session of the African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA – NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Meeting this Wednesday.

The 39th Virtual Session of the African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA -NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee Meeting was chaired by the organisation’s chairperson President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

With sustainable development for Africa among the key objectives of the Agency, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe is implementing projects that impact socio-economic growth.

“Zimbabwe is committed to fulfill the goal and vision of African Union development agency- NEPAD. As such my government remains seized with projects that dovetail with the various priority areas of this agency,” said the President.

President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe is implementing projects such as road infrastructure development.

“These projects include road infrastructure development, modernisation of border posts, dam construction and clean energy power generation. Over and above these programs relating to the transformation of food systems and climate resilience,” he said.

While emphasising the need for member states to pursue the goals of the agency, President Mnangagwa also noted financial challenges hindering optimum execution of activities.

“However we take note of the challenges hindering optimum execution of our activities. As a collective and motivated by a common purpose it is imperative that we proffer robust initiatives to mobilize resources.”

In his official remarks, President Kagame highlighted how COVID-19 continues to affect the continent.

African Union chairman and President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi spoke on the need for Africa to position its economy on the globe.

NEPAD is a socio-economic flagship programme of the African Union whose objectives are to eradicate poverty, promote sustainable growth and development, integrate Africa into the world economy and accelerate the empowerment of women.