AU urged to implement monitoring mechanism

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has been charged to set up a mechanism to monitor the decisions taken by its various authorities to ensure implementation, Désiré Assogbavi, an official of Oxfam NGO said Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"AU holds at least two ordinary summits and several high-powered meetings every year. Important decisions come out from them for African populations but only ten per cent of the total of those AU measures are applied in the end. We must get out of this situation," Mr. Assogbavi, who is the director of Oxfam liaison Office to the African Union said in a PANA interview.  

The African Union member countries have agreed to devote ten per cent of their public spending to agriculture and 15 per cent to the health sector. They also vowed to guarantee the free movement of people and goods in the sub-regions of the continent.

"For luck of monitoring mechanism, those measures, though important for African populations, have never been implemented. This inevitably causes a crisis of confidence between the African leaders and their peoples," the Oxfam official added.

Thirteen NGOs, including the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the African Rally for Human Rights (RADDHO), on the eve of the 16th AU Summit, made public a report asking the pan-African organization to pay more attention to the monitoring of its resolutions.

The NGOs said the absence of an efficient application of the measures adopted by the various AU authorities delay the full exercise by African populations of their civil, political and economic liberties.
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29 january 2011 12:24:43




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