The 32nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) opened today (January 25, 2018) in Addis at the AU Headquarters. All the ministers for foreign Affairs of the 55 African Union Member States as well as AU officials have attended the opening session.
Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat in his opening remarks noted Africa was shocked with the message of contempt, hatred, want of marginalization and exclusion of Africa from the President of the United States. He added, such statements, followed by the reduction of contributions to the global peacekeeping budget, tended to suggest that multilateralism was experiencing a serious crisis.
Mentioning the urgent need to undertake meaningful reform to witness “the Africa we want”, Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh on the occasion noted Ethiopia strongly supports the African Union reform being coordinated by President Kagame of Rwanda. Dr. Workneh shared his Government’s commitment to spearhead Africa’s development and integration in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens. He noted Ethiopia will do all what it takes to ensure a speedy economic integration of the continent.
The Foreign ministers will for two days convene to deliberate on the different items on their agenda, including the consideration of the report of the PRC; the annual report of the Chairperson of the Commission and the report on the implementation of the Assembly Declaration including that on the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM); the implementation Agenda 2063; the African Candidatures in the International System; the progress report on the International Criminal Court (ICC), among others.
The Executive Council will feature the election and appointment of the 10 members of the Peace and Security Council; and that of 1 Member of the Advisory Board on Corruption; and election of two 2 Members of the Pan-African University Council.