South Africa to chair the African Union for the year 2020

Hosted under the theme, “the Year of Refugees, Returnees, and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa, ”the African Union (AU) Summit took place from 10-11 February in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa.

The 32nd AU Ordinary Session Assembly African leaders reflected on the rooted causes of displacement, the reduction of plastic pollution and the protection of health, land, and water.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and seven other ministers were in attendance.

According to key discussions were held around a number of concerning issues such as institutional reform and financing of the continental body, peace and security in Africa, developments on the African continental free trade area, and negotiations for a new cooperation agreement between the African, Caribbean, and Pacific developing countries and the European Union post 2020.

South Africa was during the summit elected to chair the next summit in 2020 they will take over the chairmanship from Egypt. The chairmanship is decided annually on rotation of the five regions of Africa and it will be the Southern regions turn in 2020.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

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