South Africa: Delegates begin AU Summit deliberations

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Twenty African leaders who make up the membership of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) met Saturday at Sandton Conference Centre in Johannesburg to deliberate on economic empowerment of African women, financing of Africa’s regional infrastructure and Agenda 2063.

The 33rd HSGOC meeting preceded the 25th African Union Summit which opens Sunday at the same venue. It was chaired by Senegalese President Macky Sal.l

The HSGOC, which includes the five founding countries of NEPAD – Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria and Egypt - provides leadership to the NEPAD process and sets policies, priorities and the programmes of action.

South African President Jacob Zuma extended a warm welcome to delegates, saying: “We are pleased to host the most important continental summit on our shores which will discuss key important issues such as the economy of the continent‚ infrastructure development‚ peace and security as well as issues of health and human development”.

He noted that economic blocs around the continent need to work together to improve regional intra-trade for the benefit of Africa’s economy.

Zuma stressed the importance of Africa being well positioned to benefit from the mineral resources around the continent.

"This is the reason why as leaders we have agreed that we can no longer have our mineral resources processed outside the continent. All our resources should be processed here in Africa to fully benefit our people‚" he said.
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