Following initial consultations in 2009, the AUC has embarked on a structured process to strengthen the governance infrastructure on the continent, through the establishment of the so-called African Governance Architecture (AGA). On 15-17 March, a technical meeting in Banjul (Gambia) considered how to further operationalise the AGA. Participants proposed the formation of an informal, multi-actor forum to facilitate joint action and encourage better coordination among African institutions that have a formal mandate to promote governance. It is expected that this African Governance Platform might be formally launched by May 2010, once the representational (focal point) structure and rules of procedure have been agreed. In addition to strengthening governance on the continent, improved coordination among the key actors – in particular, the various organs of the African Union and the Regional Economic Commissions – should further help to facilitate a more balanced dialogue with external partners such as the EU in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). Click here for an analysis of the meeting and the AGA process by ECDPM’s Jean Bossuyt.