The African Union on Thursday launched the African leadership academy in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the theme “Driving the Africa We Want.” The academy is expected to add real value to the African continent. At the launching ceremony chairperson of the Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the academy will serve as center of excellence for member states and their programs. She said the academy would provide a systematic way of training towards the implementation of Agenda 2063.

“This project lies at the heart of the priorities and flagship projects of Agenda 2063: The Africa we want” said Dr. Dlamini Zuma. Dlamini-Zuma emphasized the need for capacity building mechanisms such as the leadership academy, since the continent’s greatest resource is human resource.

The new project will facilitate the development of professional skills of AU staff members for effective policy design and work place efficiency that will create a high level pan-African learning and development agency, driving capacity building solutions to challenges of managing the process of realization of Agenda 2063 for the continent’s people, Dr. Dlamini Zuma noted.

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