The African Union adopted, last year, a strategic framework outlining the socio-economic transformation it hopes to see throughout the continent over the next 50 years. Agenda 2063 takes into account international, regional and local policies.

Mauritius is taking the first step towards its implementation with a workshop held today. Its aim is to sensitise local officers from all ministries with this framework. But also, as its title – “Agenda 2063: First ten-year implementation plan domestication” – states, to devise a plan for the next ten years for Mauritius over the next ten years.

Agenda 2063, contends the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, is “aligned on our Vision 2030”, but also on the sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations.

It focuses on developing various sectors on the African continent that will take its industrialisation forward, explains Usha Dwarka-Canabady. One of the challenges, she says, is “how we make of Africa the biggest market for African nations”. For that, she feels, regional value chains need to be developed and strengthened.

Yaw Adu-Boahene, Technical advisor of the African Union, introduced the attendees to the workshop objectives.

Zakir Caunhye, Director of the Board of Investment, laid out the “Mauritius Development Experience” and how this can help with Agenda 2063.

Meera Koonjul, Divisional Scientific Officer at the ministry of Ocean Economy, talked about “Harnessing the potential for Blue Ocean Economy”. Whilst Veekramsingh Gowd, manager – Manufactuting Cluster at the BOI, focused on strategies and processes required to create a manufacturing economy.

The workshop was organised this Wednesday 5th October by the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional integration and International Trade at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel.