In their 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration, the heads of state and government of the African Union (AU), while acknowledging past successes and challenges, re-dedicated themselves to the continent’s accelerated development and technological progress. They laid down their vision and eight ideals to serve as pillars for the continent in the foreseeable future, which Agenda 2063 translates into concrete objectives, milestones, goals, targets and actions/measures. The African Union’s Agenda 2063 is an approach about how the continent should effectively learn from the past, build on current progress and strategically exploit immediate and medium-term opportunities to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years. The pillars of Agenda 2063 are:
- A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development
- An Integrated continent, politically united, based on the ideals of Pan Africanism
- An Africa of good governance, democracy, Human Rights, Justice and the rule of law
- A peaceful and secure Africa
- An Africa with strong cultural values and ethics
- An Africa where development is people-driven, relying particularly on the potential of women and youth
- Africa as a strong and influential global player and partner
In order to facilitate the above ideals; the outgoing African Union Chairperson Ms Dlamini Zuma, launched the AU Passport concept trial which is to pave the way for a common passport document to replace the existing National passports and grant members states of the AU visa exemption or visa on arrival to all the 55 states in Africa. It was launched in July 2016 at the AU 27th Ordinary Session in Kigali, Rwanda. Whilst the concept is in place there remain significant policy and logistical challenges to be overcome to implement the AU passport beyond the current few heads of state that have been granted the Passport.
In 2014 South Africa ascribed to the SADC Parliamentary Forum motion which calls on SADC member Parliaments to contribute to knowledge about and ownership of the objectives and purpose of Agenda 2063 and to assist in developing sustainable national and regional planning frameworks with targets that are measurable and monitored. It stresses the need for regional cooperation in creating enabling infrastructure to strengthen regional economic integration and expand intra-regional trade and investment. The South African National Assembly through its committees is thus focussing on the role it will play in the implementation of Agenda 2063 through its oversight though the likes of this seminar and related joint meetings.