ADDIS ABABA, The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has called on Permanent Representatrives of member countries to the AU to redouble efforts to ensure that 2018 marks decisive progress on the road to peace, development and well-being for African countries and African people.

The salvation of our continent lies not only in the clarity of the vision that guides us, but also in the perseverance of our action [and] the strength of our determination, Mahamat said at the opening here Tuesday of the 35th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) at AU Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The PRC meeting prepares the agenda of the AU Summit with appropriate recommendations for consideration by the Executive Council, scheduled to take place on Jan 25 and 26 and from there to the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of AU Heads of State and Government on Jan 28 and 29.

The PRC meeting, held under the theme Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation, brought together ambassadors to the AU of member States as well as the heads of the various Organs of the AU and representation offices abroad.

Rahamat expressed his appreciation for the quality of co-operation and support of the PRC to the AU Commission which, he said, had added value to the work of the AUC. He reiterated the commitment of the AUC to facilitate the work of the PRC, as well as the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC).

The Commission will do everything in its power to support the implementation of the decisions that will be adopted on this matter, but in the final analysis, the primary responsibility is that of the States, Mahamat said.

He noted with satisfaction the progress made during the last period on the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and the African Passport programme and congratulated member States which had declared visa-free borders to facilitate the free movement of people and goods within the continent. He called on countries which are yet to do so to join in the laudable effort.