ADDIS ABABA, Oct 8.(AIF Show). The African Union's Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime says that Africa must get its house in order, and is doing so on negotiations around climate change. She made this statement at a press conference to brief journalists on the outcomes of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment.
On climate change, she explained that the AU has a "well-organized system of going to Paris", which includes negotiators; Ministers; and Heads of State, who have just met in a General Assembly. They looked at how well-prepared Africa is. They are looking at helping reduce carbon emissions." This time round, "Heads of State will start with a meeting", she added.
Questioned whether two years was not too long a time for the Bureau of the STC to meet, the Commissioner said that the two years "will allow [Ministers] to implement" their decisions. Besides, she added, "every two years, Heads of State will be coming back together on mutual accountability to ask 'where are we?...what has been done on what? So, the two year period is very very critical."
Pressed on the status of the establishment of the African Investment Bank, which CAADP deems critical to help facilitate its work around intra-African trade, the Commissioner said "there was a decision within the Malabo commitment indicating that there should be fast-tracking...of an African Investment Bank. Already, a process is on, and even before I came, I was signing documents of the discussions and negotiations of host country of AIB." She continued that "this was prompted by demand of the farmers, who wanted an Investment fund for agriculture." She added given Africa already had the African Investment Bank in the pipeline, it was decided to move on the AIB, and that "there is need in ensuring that it moves pretty fast, and is actualised"