The Administration and Human Resources Management Directorate (AHRMD) of the African Union Commission (AUC) launched the African Union Leadership Academy project on the 28th of January, 2016 at the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme: Driving the Africa We Want.
The launch was attended by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the Commission, H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the Commission, Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency, Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of UN Economic Commission for Africa, AUC Commissioners, staff and invited guests.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in her opening remarks expressed gratitude towards directors, partners and the entire AUC team who foresaw the success of the launch of the AU leadership academy project. Dr Dlamini Zuma further went on to stress the goal of the academy which is to provide a systematic way of training towards the implementation of Agenda 2063. “This project lies at the heart of the priorities and flagship projects of Agenda 2063: The Africa we want” said Dr. Dlamini Zuma.
The AUC Chairperson emphasized the need for capacity building mechanisms such as the leadership academy, since Africa’s greatest resource is her human resources. Dr Dlamini Zuma then went on to add that the African Union leadership academy will become a strategic node, and means to facilitate service delivery and result-oriented program implementation on the continent, as well as provide knowledge-based responses to any challenges.
In her closing remarks, Dr. Dlamini Zuma noted that the launch of this new project will facilitate the development of professional skills of AU staff members for effective policy design and work place efficiency, that will create a high level pan African learning and development agency, driving capacity building solutions to challenges of managing the process of realisation of Agenda 2063 for the continent’s people.
Mr Amine Idriss Adoum, Director, Administration and Human Resources Management (AHRM) of the AUC’, speaking at the launch, underlined the role of the African Union leadership Academy. Mr Idriss said that the academy will not only be instrumental in driving the Commission towards achievement of Agenda 2063, but will also ensure flexibility in the execution of complex duties within the Commission.
Mr. Idriss illustrated that the leadership academy will deliver capacity building mechanisms, knowledge sharing as well as project management. In turn, this will encourage the spread of AU values.
In his closing remarks Mr. Idriss highlighted the importance of the leadership academy, which will go a long way in providing systemic mechanisms for identifying young potential that will be trained to promote good values in Africa and around the world.