College of Economic & Management Sciences

It's time to rethink

Prof Joseph Chisasa, Chair of the Department of Finance, Risk Management and Banking at Unisa, presented a lecture entitled Implication of the Covid-19 pandemic on the African Union Agenda 2063: Rethinking the first 10-year implementation plan at the Iraqi-African Centre for Strategic Studies on 14 July 2020. Chisasa emphasised that the AU 2063 10-year plan is no longer completely achievable by 2023 because of Covid-19.

He pointed out that in any case the 10-year plans were too long and recommended that the AU should consider shorter term plans, not exceeding five years, to align with presidential terms.

Member states must be realistic and not overcommit nor over promise, he said. The most urgent and practically possible priority areas, such as hunger, employment, education, health, and peace and security, must be tackled first.

He also recommends that partnerships, including with universities, should be strengthened to leverage on the wealth of expertise residing in these institutions of higher learning.

The lecture was facilitated by Dr Nadia Abdel Fattah and Dr Farida Bendary, both from Cairo University’s Faculty of African Postgraduate Studies.

During the lecture, Dr Farida Bendary said: "Our goal is to exchange knowledge between African professors and academics, both inside and outside the African continent. We hope that this cooperation will continue."

Abdel Fattah further expressed her appreciation of collaborating with Unisa because of the size and capacity characterising the institution.

You can read the full presentation here.

* By Lesego Ravhudzulo, Journalist, Department of Institutional Advancement

Publish date: 2020/07/27

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