NEPAD's integration into AU Commission still on the cards

Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – The 16th summit on -the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) slated for 27 January in Addis Ababa will once again tackle the issue of integrating the programme into the African Union Commission.
Making NEPAD an AU structure, a perennial issue in the meetings since the 2003 Maputo summit, is a task yet to be realised in view of the reluctance by some states, particularly South Africa which hosts the secretariat.
The debate on the issue, planned for the 8th African Union Summit, comes at a time when two of NEPAD's architects, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, are preparing to leave offices in 2007.
The decision to put NEPAD into the AU Commission was made in July 2007 in Banjul, Gambia by the high-level committee of heads of state and government, that met on the sidelines of the 7th AU summit.
AU Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare was tasked to present the modalities of the integration during the 8th summit.

24 january 2007 17:09:00

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