Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An ad-hoc ministerial committee of countries representing all the African Union (AU) regions began Monday in Sun City, South Africa, to discuss outstanding proposed amendments to the Constitutive Act of the AU.
The proposed amendments could not be finalised during the first session of the Executive Council that took place last December in Tripoli, Libya.
The amendments were tabled during the Summit of Heads of State and Government at the launch of the African Union held in Durban last July.
They include the role and powers of the AU chairperson, the role and powers of African ambassadors to the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa and the relationship between the AU and Africans in the Diaspora.
The Durban Summit then agreed to convene an extra-ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in February in Addis Ababa to consider the proposed amendments.
South Africa's foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is chairing the meeting, is expected to give an update of the progress made just before the meeting closures on Tuesday.
Foreign ministers of Algeria, Burundi, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Libya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia, and Zambia are attending the meeting in South Africa.