Abdoulaye Bathily: I have been engaged in promoting Pan-Africanism at various levels throughout my personal and professional life. What has united us in the past, and what unites us today is the belief that this continent can only move forward if we all believe in it and put our collective experiences and expertise at the service of our common home. From the OAU to the present, the AU has successfully confronted the various political crises that threatened to break up the organization.
The continent is at a crossroads, requiring multiple directions to respond to both its hopes and challenges. The adoption of Agenda 2063 provides an opportunity to empower relevant actors at both regional and continental levels with the knowledge necessary to implement the vision and its proposed programme: A self-reliant continent, politically, economically and culturally present in the world, contributing to human progress, peace and cooperation.
Our mission is to build on existing political foundations, and to engage stakeholders in reflection, learning and action in order to ensure the successful implementation of Agenda 2063. My candidacy to the presidency of the AUC is the outcome of a long, well thought out and consistent process.
This candidacy is a response to the invitation to make a significant and effective contribution to the revival of Pan-Africanism. It has taken me no less than fifty years of thought leadership on African issues and direct engagement with the continent
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