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New Partnership for Africa's Development 20th Symposium

Press Release - Welcome Address by African Union Chairperson and President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa at the [email protected] Symposium

p press release Welcome Address by African Union Chairperson and President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa at the [email protected] Symposium Your Excellency Dr Abdelaziz Djerad, Prime Minister of Algeria, Your Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, Your Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, Prof Victor Harison, AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs, It is an honour for me to welcome you to this symposium convened by the African Union Development Agency on the first 20 years of the New Partnership for Africa's Development, NEPAD.Strengthening the work of the African Union Development Agency - or AUDA-NEPAD - is more important than ever.The transformation of NEPAD into the African Union Development Agency is an opportune time to reflect on the implementation of the NEPAD agenda.Significant progress has also been made in the implementation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa, which has the potential to facilitate continental integration in support of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

And I trust that this reflection will help to guide the work of this flagship programme for African development well into the future.Over its 20 years, NEPAD has promoted programmes in areas such as agriculture, health, education and training, the environment, information and communication technology and infrastructure development.

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