Government Commends African Integration and Civil Society Involvement
The Government has expressed its wholehearted support for the ongoing efforts towards African integration and development, particularly acknowledging the significant role played by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The African Union (AU) member countries are being hailed for their achievements through the AU Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), a vital instrument in this pursuit.
In a recent address to members of the ECOSOCC Awareness Raising and Capacity Building workshop in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian Permanent Representative to the AU, Ambassador Innocent Shiyo, highlighted the increasing involvement of civil society in various forms. This involvement encompasses social, private sector, and professional groups, as well as the African Diaspora, all actively participating in the work of the AU.
Ambassador Shiyo underlined the significance of ECOSOCC’s work, stating, “Indeed, through the work of ECOSOCC, we are witnessing an increase in the involvement of civil society in form of social, private sector, and professional groups as well as the African Diaspora in the work of the African Union.”
The Tanzanian Ambassador also commended the recent accomplishments achieved through ECOSOCC’s efforts. These include the Constitution of the Fourth Permanent General Assembly of ECOSOCC in December 2022, the finalization of framework documents on the AU Harmonized Accreditation Mechanism, the ECOSOCC National Chapters, and the development of the ECOSOCC Strategic Plan for the years 2023-2027.
“These mechanisms and structures,” Ambassador Shiyo emphasized, “are necessary to drive the work of the organ effectively, ultimately leading to the realization of a people-centered Union, in alignment with AU Agenda 2063.”
While acknowledging that challenges still exist, Ambassador Shiyo commended the current leadership of ECOSOCC for their efforts in upholding the organization’s good image. He particularly emphasized the importance of this commitment, especially in light of past challenges.
Ambassador Shiyo noted that ECOSOCC is now on the right path in its work, a sentiment that reflects Tanzania’s conviction in the organization’s abilities. He further encouraged both the Secretariat and members of the assembly to continue their commendable work, meeting the expectations of African citizens.
Workshop’s Timely Relevance
Addressing the ECOSOCC workshop, Ambassador Shiyo underscored its relevance and timeliness. He pointed out that the workshop aligns with AU Executive Council decision number 1199, adopted during its 42nd Session in February 2023. This decision endorsed the Institutional Framework for the establishment and operation of ECOSOCC National Chapters and directed ECOSOCC to take measures for its implementation in member states.
“I am, therefore, pleased to note that ECOSOCC is accelerating the implementation of this policy organ decision by holding this workshop. This is indeed commendable progress, and I urge you to maintain this momentum to cover more ground in all member states,” Ambassador Shiyo concluded.
As African integration continues to evolve and gain momentum, the active engagement of civil society organizations through platforms like ECOSOCC plays a pivotal role in shaping the continent’s future. The endorsement and encouragement from governments like Tanzania reaffirm the importance of these efforts, fostering hope for a more united and prosperous Africa.
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