South Africa: Zuma attends AU Summit in Addis Ababa

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has departed for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), which begins on Saturday. The event is being held under the theme, "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in the Youth."

On Sunday, the AU Assembly will be preceded by a retreat of AU Heads of State and Government, where the leaders will consider a report to be presented by the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, on institutional reforms of the AU aimed at enhancing the continental body's governance systems.

The report was commissioned at the last AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. The former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Tito Mboweni, was appointed by Kagame as one of the experts who assisted him with the project.

Among other things, the Assembly will consider and deliberate on reports focusing on the state of peace and security on the continent, the African Peer Review Mechanism and Climate Change.

The Assembly will also consider the 2016 Annual Report of the AU Commission, which is expected to focus on the implementation and domestication of Agenda 2063, economic integration, the continental passport, as well as peace support and peace-keeping missions.

The African Union Assembly will also elect a new Chairperson of the AU Commission, Deputy Chair and eight Commissioners.

The term of office of the incumbent Chair of the AU Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma’s ex-wife, came to an end in June 2016 and was extended by the AU leaders till now to enable the AU to elect her successor.

PANA reports that Dlamini-Zumu is expected to contest for the Presidency of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) when President Zuma’s tenure expires in November.
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27 january 2017 08:55:51




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