14th session of AU Executive Board starts in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Foreign ministers of African Union (AU) member co untries Thursday began in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, their 14th ordinar y session, aimed at preparing for the 12th Summit of Heads of State and Governmen t of the pan-African organisation.
The executive board will give serious thought to a heavy agenda, including some 40 points.
The ministers will finalise the copy of the report by the African Union Commissi on (AUC) which was assigned to develop the "terms and details for the implementa t ion of recommendations by the 12-member board on the establishment of the union' s government, including a roadmap and issues that need to be clarified, in antici p ation of the special session of the summit aimed at concluding the debate on thi s issue.
" The agenda also includes the integration of the New Partnership for Africa's Eco nomic Development (NEPAD) into AU structures and processes, the draft 2008-2010 A ction Plan on Africa's Great Green Wall and the monitoring of the implementation of decision taken in the 11th summit.
AU foreign ministers will also discuss annual reports prepared by the various bo dies of the organization, including the Pan-African Parliament, the African Cour t on Human and Peoples' Rights, the African Human Rights and Peoples' Commission, the Economic, Social and Cultural Council.
During this session, the executive board will elect the members of the Advisory Board on Corruption.
In addition, the ministerial conferences held between the two summits will be as sessed, particularly as regards the progress made with specific themes they were assigned to address.
These issues are related to youth, sports, as well as the management of the cont inent's natural resources, refugees and displaced people and the impact of the f i nancial crisis on the economic and social life in Africa.
The most expected debates include the issue on alternative funding sources for t he pan-African organisation's programmes, as well as financial issues related to the budget of AUC and other bodies and contributions from member states.
AU member countries' foreign ministers will work in a two-day session to develop a final report to be submitted to the Heads of State and Government who will be g in their conference on 1 February in the Ethiopian capital.

29 january 2009 14:59:00




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