20 May 2019, Addis Ababa.
The African Union Commission (AUC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) to foster closer collaboration between the two institutions, as a strategic move to drive sustainable development of the continent, through education and skills revolution.
The collaboration seeks to encourage a reading culture in the continent and to enhance human intellectual capital, through provision of relevant resources.
At the signing ceremony, the African Union Commission Director of Strategic, Policy, Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Resource Mobilization (SPPMERM) Mr. Mesfin Tessema observed that the collaboration would enable a rich provision of books, reference materials and documents that would encourage people to read. “In this era, we need to encourage people to read and that is what we are missing in the world particularly where people are focused more on the internet than the books, we need to educate our young people to take the advantage of reading” he said.
The President of the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions, Mr. John Tsebe (now immediate Past President), on his part, affirmed AfLIA’s keen interest to support AU in the realization of the Agenda 2063 aspirations, by using libraries to contribute to the knowledge uptake.“
Libraries are drivers of information and knowledge which are strategic resources for development ” he noted.
The collaboration aligns to the African Union’s “Aspiration 1” of a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. Among the Aspiration’s goals, is to develop Africa’s human and social capital through an education and skills revolution emphasizing science and technology.
The MoU seeks to among other aspects, enable collaboration on;
Source: AU Press Release