Nardos Bekele’s passion for Kenya’s DevelopmentAntony Gacanja
When she visited the Economic Planning Principal Secretary, James Muhati in his Treasury office, ahead of the just concluded 2023 Africa Climate Summit held in Nairobi, the AUDA/NEPAD CEO Ms Nardos Bekele had a special message for Kenya to leverage and focus more on the African long term development Vision; “Africa Agenda 2063,” to promote faster growth and sustainable development.
Africa Agenda 2063 is the blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into a global powerhouse of the future. It is the strategic framework for delivering on Africa’s goal for inclusive and sustainable development.
In their discussions, Ms. Bekele who worked in Kenya for Four Years as Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP was emphatic that the Africa we want will be attained through tackling youth unemployment, improving access to affordable health services, increasing community engagement to modern technology, to mention but a few among many others.
Being the First Woman appointed to lead the African Union’s Agency, the AUDA/NEPAD Chief Executive Officer holds a record of having influenced growth and development on the African Continent for over 40 years.
She took this opportunity to express her interest in AUDA/NEPAD, an AU Development Agency working in a collaborative partnership with the Kenyan government through the State Department for Economic Planning which is charged with the mandate of championing National and Sectoral development as well as promoting and executing the International and Regional Cooperation.
The Principal Secretary appreciated and thanked Ms. Bekele for taking time out of her busy schedules in her short stay in Kenya to pay him a courtesy call and to share her wisdom on the African development agenda.
PS Muhati said that this shows her relentless commitment towards ensuring that African growth trajectory is on the right track and that her future is bright.
The meeting was also attended by the NEPAD/APRM CEO, Amb.Dr. Samori Okwiyia.