Accra : Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor met with the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africaâ€™s Development (NEPAD), Professor Firmino Mucavele, here Monday.
The meeting was to update Kufour, who is also the current African Union (AU) Chairman, on concrete activities planned to attract investment for growth of the region in the areas of agricultural infrastructure, health, education and gender at the upcoming meeting of the African Partnership Forum and the Group of Eight Industrialized Nations (G-8) to be held in Berlin, Germany.
Also attending the briefing session was John Kayode Shinkaiye, the Chief of Staff of the Bureau of the Chairman of the AU Commission. Professor Mucavele and other senior officers of the NEPAD Implementation Steering Committee had been meeting in Accra over the weekend for this purpose.
Prof. Mucavele informed President Kufuor that they additionally considered the best ways to carry out the integration of NEPAD into the AU structure and the harmonization and synchronization of the activities of the two institutions.
He said they also worked together on a composite development agenda to be submitted to the AU Heads of State and Government Summit, slated for Accra in July this year. Peace, security and climate change were the other areas that took centre stage and decisions reached would be shared at the Summit.
President Kufuor said the institutions the two officials represented were expected to be working with him on monthly basis to review trends and progress the AU was making.