South Africa: AU Summit ends with pledge to fulfill Agenda 2063

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The 25th session of the African Union (AU) Summit ended in the early hours of Tuesday with delegates pledging to fulfill “Agenda 2063”, a blueprint for future development of the continent.

The two-day summit, which was marred and overshadowed by the presence of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, over his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC), saw African heads of state and government addressing Agenda 2063, women empowerment and the political impasse in Burundi.

After al-Bashir’s dramatic departure from South Africa on Monday, in violation of a court order barring him from leaving - AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma defended the decision to invite him to attend the summit, saying: “Sudan is a member of the AU and has always attended AU summits.”

In his address to the summit, President Jacob Zuma said while the AU has made significant strides since it replaced the Organisation of African Unity in 2002, it still had some way to go before it achieves its developmental goals.

“Africa has taken its destiny, especifically its socio-economic development and integration, in its own hands. Africa is thus on a new path of development and growth that will enable it to take its rightful place in global affairs,” he noted.

However, analysts concur that the two-day event was poorly managed.

Apart from the al-Bashir saga, Sunday’s opening ceremony was four hours late and media conferences were rarely held at their scheduled times.
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16 june 2015 07:41:10

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