The re-elected AU Commission’s Chairperson H.E. Moussa Faki Hamat, outlines his vision for the next four-year term which speaks to “Africa belonging to Africans, [developing] African solutions for African problems solved by and between Africans, the Continent speaking with one voice and Africa rely first and foremost on its own capacities…”

The priorities of the term will set the normative framework for our future deployment… These priorities will constitute the rigorous programmatic framework that I hope for and which I will pursue to the best of my ability.

Faced with the disconcerting scale of the demands and the constraints imposed by limited resources, sometimes painful choices have to be made.

It would be demagogic to promise to achieve everything in four years. I cannot promise what I know is beyond my capacities and powers. Nor can I give in to dispersion of thought or action. I, therefore, intend to focus my efforts on priorities that are in harmony with the Agenda 2063.

My will is to devote myself, with the future Commission, to significantly advance our Pan-Africanist project, by focusing on Continental priority areas. I intend to translate them into concrete programmes and align them with the relevant institutions of the Union, as demanded by our decisions on Institutional Reform.

In my view, and subject to enriching amendments, these priorities should be defined in full harmony and coherence with our aspirations.

First Priority: Finalise the Institutional Reform and Strengthen the leadership of the Commission.

The finalisation of the Reform by connecting the African Union to its citizens, the establishment of a sustainable financing system, the strengthening of mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the Reform, the enhancement of unity and cohesion of the Departments will be, alongside other measures, the main dimensions of this priority.

Experience has shown that strengthening the leadership of the Commission requires particular attention to the unity and cohesion of its Departments. Deepening the team spirit and developing synergies will play a key role in the fulfilment of our desire to strengthen the leadership of the Commission. I would like, from the outset, if the decision-makers of the Continent renew their trust in me, to share this resolve with all the members of the new Commission and to reach a solid and binding consensus on this point.

This operational imperative, which is in line with the will to pursue the Institutional Reforms, as a whole, with greater determination, and with the experienced of the past four years, will be key to our future successes.

Second Priority: Enhance Administrative and Financial Accountability.

Within the framework of the efforts to build a well-governed institution, it is critical to continue strengthening governance frameworks and systems to enhance accountability in all areas of administration and finance.To this end, all Departments and Offices will be in- structed to draw inspiration from results-oriented performance and prudent management of resources in conformity with the relevant established Rules, Regulations and Policies.

Special efforts will be made to reduce, indeed, eliminate bottlenecks that significantly affect results. Further administrative and disciplinary actions will be taken, as necessary, to improve the functioning of the Commission and its Organs. The recommendations and findings of External Auditors will be diligently implemented to this end.

The COVID-19 crisis has had devastating effects on African economies, leading to a disruption of production chains and a sharp drop in demand. The fallout from the sharp fall in global growth and tighter financial conditions has negatively affected the income-generation capacity of most Member States, and consequently their capacity to contribute to the AU budget. Therefore, a more austere approach to budget expenditure will be adopted.

Finally, we need to encourage greater ownership of the Reform process as regards the financing of the Union.

Fourth Priority : Execute successfully key Integration projects.

Four major projects will continue to mobilise our efforts. In the forefront of these is the success of the AfCFTA. I intend to mobilise the necessary resources to support the AfCFTA Secretariat for the methodical, gradual but firm execution of this strategic project of our Continent.

The issue of Infrastructural development is particularly important to me. I would do everything possible to ensurethat this term effectively witnesses the launch of one of our major regional infrastructure projects: There are number that have already been identified to choose from.

We must choose these regional projects according to the relevance, feasibility and our resource mobilisation capacities. The Department of Infrastructure and the Development Agency would be called upon to serve this exciting am- bition. In relation to this infrastructure issue, I will call upon the innovation and dynamism of our private sector, whose role in the PanAfricanist project must be strengthened.

Energy (electrification) and the African Transport Market complete the picture of the major Projects of the term. Such major projects are today, at least for some, in limbo. It is high time that they emerge and begin to take con- crete form in action and not just in words.

Fifth Priority: Food self-sufficiency, reduce poverty by build Resilience through Agriculture and the Blue economy, Protect the Environment.

Strong action needs to be taken with Member States, the African private sector and the youths to promote agriculture as an important economic sector and counter the lack of enthusiasm in working in this key sector A reversal of the trend is necessary here. We are all called upon to join forces to find answers and of the unbearable paradox of the immeasurable agricultural potential of the Continent against our. poverty and malnutrition rates on the planet.

This priority is particularly urgent as the Continent continues its fight against COVID-19 and other global pandemics, in order to mitigate the negative consequences these have on the livelihoods of our communities.

Sixth Priority : Operationalise policies in favour of Youth and Women.

Young Africans are experiencing uncertainty for their future and are frustrated with the weak content of intergenerational alternation policies. African youth long for change, innovation and creation. Our duty is to do everything to meet these legitimate aspirations. In its essence, the action of the Organisation must take into account these essential demands of freedom, modernity, emancipation, change, education, health, employment and physical, moral and intellectual development.

African women legitimately demand their rightful employer in society and financial emancipation. I will continue to be an ally and to intensify advocacy alongside their efforts with national authorities, partners and international bodies, partner. Here we need more concrete actions than speeches. I intend to work hard to honour my commitments to the Gender agenda, that includes the important Decade for Financial Inclusion of Women.

It is clear to me that we cannot talk of anchor- ing the democratic model in Africa nor furthering the values of freedom, equality, equity and justice which are as long as hundreds of millions of women continue to be marginalise and oppressed by archaic and retrograde systems. After more than sixty years of Independence, strong and sustained societal action to reverse this unbearable system that continues to crush our mothers, sisters and wives, under a thousand burdens, is to me an essential pillar in any strategic vision for the emancipation of our Continent.

The African Arts Festival, the Film Festival, the African Youth Festival, the Annual meeting of African women, the Conference of African intellectuals, the activation and operationalisation of the Association of African Universities, the African Games, the Convention of the African Diaspora, all these instruments and fora, will require an innovative reawakening and synchronisation of their necessary momentum in close synergy with the appropriate organs of the Commission. This is, I confess, one of the areas where the current term ends with the least glorious results, despite some activities here and there.

I pledge to correct this tendency of the decline of a fruitful relationship between the Commission, Women, Youth, cultural industries and the of Pan-Africanism.

Strong action needs to be taken with Member States, the African private sector and the youths to promote agriculture as an important economic sector and counter the lack of enthusiasm in working in this key sector A reversal of the trend is necessary here. We are all called upon to join forces to find answers and of the unbearable paradox of the immeasurable agricultural potential of the Continent against our. poverty and malnutrition rates on the planet.