AU's 12th summit crucial for Africa - Ping

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Chairman of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr.
Jean Ping, said on Monday that the 12th heads of state and government summit beginning here on 1 February is highly important, considering the decisions to be taken mainly on the Union government and the audit of the continental organisation.
Addressing the opening of the 17th ordinary session of the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) here, Ping said the summit would also send the signal on the acceleration of the process for the physical integration of the continent through clear infrastructure projects at the regional, inter-regional and continental levels.
In view of the huge challenges, the AU Commission chair stressed the need to equip the commission with both the human and financial resources necessary to enable it effectively fulfill its responsibilities.
He hailed the relations between the Commission and the PRC which are now "governed by what is called the Nazareth spirit, a spirit of sincere cooperation and mutual respect, exchange and unerstanding, openness and transparency".
On the salary of AU staffers, Ping said it was time to ensure attractive working conditions, comparable to those of other international organisations, to attract the best staff to the Commission.
In addition to the next strategic plan, the 2009 budget, the PRC will also examine the African-Arab cooperation, the multilateral cooperation, the Africa/European Union dialogue, the integration of the New Partnership for Africa's development and the situation in Palestine.
The PRC meeting is expected to end on Tuesday with recommendations to the AU Executive Council, which is due to start deliberations on Thursday.

26 january 2009 11:59:00

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