African Union calls on member states to work towards financial independenceStaff Writer | January 26, 2018
African Union (AU) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat called on member states to strengthen efforts towards the pan African block's financial independence.
Africa Ambition towards financial independence
Faki, who stressed the need to strengthen efforts to support AU's ambition towards financial independence, said that "Without its independence Africa is nothing, with its independence Africa is everything."
According to the chairperson, the year 2017 has witnessed an increase in AU member states financial contribution to the Union, while helping to decrease financial contributions from non-African partners.
The contribution from non-member partners for the AU's Peace Fund was reduced to 74 percent during 2017, according to Faki. He also disclosed the plan to further down the number to 59 percent during the year 2018.
AU leaders had adopted a financing proposal at the 27th AU Summit, which was held in Rwanda in 2016, to direct all AU member states to implement a 0.2-percent levy on eligible imports from non-member countries.
The initiative mainly aspires to create an equitable and predictable source of financing for AU and to reduce dependency on partner funds.
The financing proposal targets to cover 100 percent of the Union's operational budget, 75 percent of its program budget and 25 percent of AU's peace fund.
As of December 2017, 20 member states were at various stages of implementing the decision. Fourteen among them had also started collecting from the levy and deposited the funds at an account dedicated for AU opened with the central banks.
The Executive Council meeting, which is underway from Jan. 25 to 26, is expected to arrange the agenda for the 30th Assembly of AU heads of state and government. ■