AU Summit sets no timeframe or type of African Union govt

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The ninth ordinary session of the African Union summit ended late Tuesday night without any agreed type of Government, nor time frame for the realisation of the proposed union government.
However, Ghana's President John Kufuor, who is also the Chairman of the African Union, answering journalists after the reading of the summit's declaration, said a body has been set up, to examine the modalities for the establishment of the Union and report to the Executive Council within six months.
The Executive Council will then make appropriate recommendations to next ordinary session.
Kufuor said the Union will not copy any model, but will form a United Government that would suit the unique situation of the African people.
The declaration agreed to rationalise and strengthen the regional economic communities, and harmonise their activities that would lead to the creation of an African Common Market.
A Ministerial Committee was tasked to identify the contents of the Union Government concept and its relations with national governments, domains of competence and the impact of the establishment of the Union Government on the sovereignty of member states, and define the relationship between the Union Government and the Regional Economic Communities.
It is also to elaborate the road map together with the timeframes for establishing the Union Government and identify additional sources of financing the activities of the Union.
The summit was convinced of the need for common responses to the challenges of globalisation facing Africa and boosting regional integration processes through an effective continental mechanism.
It recognised that opening up narrow domestic markets to greater trade and investment through freer movement of persons, goods, services and capital would accelerate growth and consequently excessive weaknesses of member states.
The Summit further recognised that the Union Government should be built on common values that need to be identified and agreed upon as benchmarks, and acknowledged that it would involve the African peoples to make the Union a "union of peoples and not just a 'union of states and government' as well as the African Diaspora in the process of economic and political integration of the continent.
The summit had carried on the debate between African leaders on the formation of the African federal government during the second closed- door session held on Monday afternoon while bilateral and multilateral consultations continued until late Monday night.

04 july 2007 09:29:00




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