30TH AU SUMMIT OPENS WITH FOCUS ON CORRUPTION

ADDIS ABABA, The 30th Summit of Heads of State and Government Summit of the African Union (AU) opened Sunday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the theme of fighting corruption.

The theme of this year’s summit is: Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation. The theme presents a unique opportunity to reflect on and address specific challenges related to the fight against corruption on the Continent.

The opening session of the two-day summit at the AU headquarters here was attended by Heads of State and Government from AU member states, officials of the AU, representatives from partner organizations, members of the diplomatic corps and other invited guests.

The summit started with a closed session, followed by the official opening ceremony. The African leaders are deliberating on the progress of the implementation of the AU’s Agenda 2063, a 50-year development blueprint for Africa.

South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in Addis Ababa on Saturday to attend the summit.

The summit will also deliberate on a number of issues, including institutional reforms of the AU, continental free trade and the state of peace and security on the continent.

The issues of the institutional reform of the AU, the Continental Free Trade Area, the composition of the Bureau of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU and the election of the new chairperson of the pan-African bloc are on the agenda of the session, according to the AU’s daft agenda.

The African Heads of State and Government are expected to deliberate on the different items at the summit, including the consideration of the report of the Executive Council of the AU, the annual report of the Chairperson of the AU Commission and the report on the implementation of the Assembly declarations including that on the Single African Air Transport Market.

South Africa, in its capacity as Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has been mandated to present the SADC common position on the AU Institutional Reforms as adopted by the 37th SADC Summit in August 2017.

The report of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) on its activities and the State of Peace and Security in Africa is a standard item on the agenda of the Assembly. According to the South African Presidency, the report provides a summary of key meetings and activities of the PSC since the last summit held in July 2017.

The situation in a number of African countries, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Libya, Mali and the Sahel, Somalia, South Sudan and Western Sahara, will be considered by the summit.

The leaders will also consider the report of the PSC on the Implementation of the Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa by the Year 2020.

President Zuma is accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi; Minister of Public Service and Administration Faith Muthambi and the Minister of State Security Bongani Bongo.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK