18th AU summit to hold in new headquarters built by China

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The 18th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) will hold from 28 to 30 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the new headquarters of the Panafrican organization, built by China

With its 28 floors and 31 conference rooms, the edifice, built at a cost of US$ 200 million, is easily the biggest structure in the whole administrative district of the Ethiopian capital.

The complex is equipped with a 2,250-seat amphitheatre and several VIP halls for use by heads of State.

A PANA Correspondent who toured the complex reports that the building has the state-of-the-art press facilities for both newspaper reporters and radio and television broadcasters.

A symbol of the current relationship between China and Africa, the new AU complex was negotiated by the former Malian head of State, Alpha Oumar Konaré, when he was president of the AU Commission.

On the eve of the opening of the 18th summit, some workers and engineers were seen Wednesday completing work on the architectural jewel.

Before the construction of the new headquarters, AU summits were held in the great amphitheatre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on rent.

Only pre-summit meetings of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, ambassadors and permanent delegates were held in the premises of the AU Commission.
-0- PANA SEI/AAS/MTD/VAO 25Jan2012

25 january 2012 17:24:43




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