Coordination mechanism and Continental Roadmap for submitting the Inaugural Biennial Report to the AU Assembly
Agreements on this Coordination mechanism and Continental Roadmap for submitting the Inaugural Biennial Report to the AU Assembly, were reached at the Sensitization and Member States and RECs' engagement workshop organized by the African Union Commission on 21-23 September 2016 in Dakar (Senegal) to harmonize ongoing processes on rolling out the Malabo Declaration' Biennial Review. Twenty five (25) Member States (CAADP Focal Person and CAADP M&E Experts) and two (2) RECs (ECOWAS and IGAD) participated in the workshop where Member States were organised by sub region to discussed and agreed on the coordination modalities and processes for developing the Biennial Review report (validation, RECs coordination, and roadmap). Main part of the agreements made, is the importance of grouping countries by geographical regions to avoid situation in which some member states may have to report progress to many RECs under the same biennial exercise. RECs will still play an important coordination role with member states to coordinate data collection and consolidation of the report at each sub regional level. The agreed arrangements as detailed in the enclosed tables, call for joint coordination by the RECs in sub-region where multiple RECs are operating. One of the RECs will be appointed to play the leadership role in collaboration with the other RECs to ensure that all issues of the region are properly addressed in the sub-region, and the agreed process of validating country reports is well implemented. There is now an agreed Continental Roadmap for preparing and submitting the Inaugural Biennial Report to the AU Assembly, that is being used to guide all stakeholders in organizing and providing available supports to the Biennial Review process. With this established mechanism, good contribution is made to the issue of providing guidance to stakeholders for better alignment and harmonization to any action claimed to be supporting the Biennial Review exercise.
African Union Commission (AUC)