The Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA), hitherto known as the Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa, was established in 1978, following a resolution of the 7th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers held in Accra, Ghana in 1977. As envisioned by the Ministers, the mandate of CAPA is to promote skills and professional development in the member countries, by providing a dynamic forum for sharing innovative ideas in technical and vocational education and training (TVET), as well as capacity building initiatives and policy advocacy in favour of TVET. Over the years, CAPA pioneered the introduction of entrepreneurship education in the curricula of member institutions; advocated improved access for women in technical education through its WITED programmes; arranged series of programmes for the training of trainers in various skills set; as well as capacity development in the management and leadership of these institutions.

As we approach the milestone of 40 years since the establishment of the  association, the CAPA Executive Board recently reviewed the achievements and activities of the association vis-à-vis its foundational goals and objectives. The Board agreed on a road map for the future of the organisation that is resolutely committed to making CAPA the flagship for a vigorous campaign and intensive skills development to propel a rapid industrialisation and economic development in African countries – the “Industrialise Africa Now” campaign project. Moreover, the Board decided to hold its special 40th Anniversary International Conference in Abuja, Nigeria on August 26 – September 1 2018, on the theme “Enhancing Technical Capacity and Partnerships for Industrial and Sustainable Economic Development in Africa.”