On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU)— now the African Union (AU)—the Heads of State and Government expressed their commitment to the enduring Pan-African vision of an ‘integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena’. Within this context, at the twenty-first ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union, they produced a solemn declaration that set out the priority areas for Africa’s development over the next fifty years.

To ensure that the solemn declaration was transformed into reality, the Heads of State and Government tasked the African Union Commission with crafting a new vision for the continent through a people-driven approach. This new vision entitled Agenda 2063 was adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the twenty-fourth ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union held in January 2015.

Recognising the critical importance of integration to the transformation and sustainable development of Africa as envisioned by Agenda 2063, the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa will convene the second African Leadership Forum (ALF) in Dar es Salaam on 30th July, 2015. Organised by UONGOZI Institute, the event will bring together political leaders, including current and former Heads of State, as well as leaders from government, business, civil society and academia.

Discussions of the Forum will be held under the theme: “Moving Towards an Integrated Africa”. The event will provide a platform to explore how best to overcome the obstacles to intra-African interaction, collaboration, coordination and harmonisation so that Africa’s richness could be better marshalled to realise the common goals of prosperity and security of the continent and its people.