Regional and International Economic Partnerships
The State Department for Planning is mandated with coordination of various regional and international economic partnerships. Coordination and participation in these partnerships contributes to National Competitiveness and enhances co-operation between Kenya and various bilateral, regional and international partners. To this end, the State Department coordinates Kenya’s participation and implementation of agreements and commitments of the following regional and international partnerships:
AGENDA 2063 is Africa’s blueprint for transformation into the global powerhouse of the future. It is aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity pursued under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.
African heads of state and government signed the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the formation of the OAU /AU in May 2013. The declaration marked the re-dedication of Africa towards the attainment of the Pan African Vision of “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena”.
Agenda 2063 identifies key Flagship Programmes which can boost economic growth, development and lead to the rapid transformation of the continent. It also identifies key activities to be undertaken in its 10 year Implementation Plans which will ensure that Agenda 2063 delivers both quantitative and qualitative Transformational Outcomes for Africa’s people by the year 2063.
The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) started in 1993 and has been serving as a pioneering multilateral forum for international cooperation on African development. The forum promotes synergy with strong communication among Africa, Japan and the international community and values the sense of equality and mutual benefit, based on the principle of African ownership and international partnership.
TICAD is held every three years to review progress in the implementation of TICAD projects across Africa. Kenya was the first African country to host the TICAD VI conference outside Japan in 2016 in Nairobi. The TICAD process is a development partnership between Japan, Africa and international partners.
The State Department for Planning provides leadership in the implementation of the TICAD priorities through the Macroeconomic Planning and International Cooperation Directorate.
More on TICAD under International and Regional Cooperation Reports
Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the “ACP-EC Partnership Agreement” which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.
The ACP Group´s main objectives are :
- sustainable development of its Member-States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order ;
- coordination of the activities of the ACP Group in the framework of the implementation of ACP-EC Partnership Agreements;
- consolidation of unity and solidarity among ACP States, as well as understanding among their peoples ;
- establishment and consolidation of peace and stability in a free and democratic society.
(source : www.acp.int)
More on OACPS under International and Regional Cooperation Reports
South-South Cooperation (SSC) refers to the technical cooperation among developing countries in the Global South. SSC is a framework used by the states, international organizations, academics, civil society and the private sector to collaborate and share knowledge, skills and successful initiatives in specific areas such as agricultural development, human rights, urbanization, health, climate change among others. Kenya remains supportive of South-South Cooperation (SSC) as a critical means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s Agenda 2063.
All SSC activities in Kenya are coordinated by the State Department for planning in the National Treasury and Planning. Kenya has been practicing SSC since its independence in 1963. SSC has been mainstreamed into Kenya’s Third Medium-Term Plan (2018-2022) and the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework.
Some reports include:-
More on South South Cooperation under International and Regional Cooperation Reports
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is an initiative of the former Organization of African Unity (OAU) that came into being in 2001 with South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal and Algeria as the founding member countries. NEPAD’s primary objectives revolve around eradication of poverty, promotion of sustainable growth and development as well as women empowerment through strategic partnerships. This is against the background of alarming poverty levels in Africa, underdevelopment and the marginalization of Africa from the global economy.
In Kenya, NEPAD was institutionalized through a presidential executive order in 2002 which evolved into the NEPAD Kenya Secretariat established in 2003. It is currently under the National Treasury and Planning, State Department for Planning and tasked to Serve as an operational coordinating secretariat for the implementation of NEPAD priority programs and the African Peer Review Mechanisms (APRM).
APRM is a voluntary Governance “Self-Assessment” by African countries, which was agreed upon by African Union (AU) and adopted in 2003. Kenya signed the APRM memorandum of understanding in March 2003 and in 2006, it became the third African state to be Peer reviewed at AU Banjul Summit. The APRM has four measures of performance and progress: Democracy and Political Governance; Economic Governance and Management; Corporate Governance; and Socio-economic Development.
More on NEPAD/APRM visit the Secretariat website.