AU Commission Chairperson defends record

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission,  Jean Ping, Thursday defended his record, saying his first four-year term contributed to the repositioning of Africa on the global scene.

Speaking at the opening of the 20th AU Executive Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he said the Commission had always given precedence to action over rhetoric, so as to bring concrete answers and tangible results.

''You will remember that since I assumed my duties, I committed myself to financial prudence and transparency, especially in the management of the resources put at the disposal of the Commission,'' the former Gabonese foreign affairs minister said.

Mr. Ping also mentioned AU’s efforts towards achieving stability, peace and development in Africa as part of his achievements.

According to him, his first term helped achieve continental peace and security architecture, as well as related activities carried out in the field of disarmament, border management and the fight against trafficking and terrorism.

''I would like to highlight the remarkable breakthrough recorded in the gradual establishment of the African peace and security architecture, both as regards the gains of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), the Wisemen’s Council and the continental early warning system and concerning the strengthening of coordination between the AU and Regional Economic Communities,'' he said.

Mr. Ping is seeking a second term of office, against challenger and former South African foreign affairs minister NKosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The heads of state and government will choose one of the two candidates before designating the deputy chairperson and the commissioners of the organization.
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26 january 2012 21:46:26




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