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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 iol.co.za 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

President Ramaphosa to attend the 32nd AU Summit

President Cyril Ramaphosa will be leading the South African delegation to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 32nd Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) later today.

The four-day summit, which starts on Friday, will be held under the theme: “The Year of Refugees, Returnees and International Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”.The theme presents an opportunity to reflect on and address the root causes of forced displacement in Africa, the Presidency said on Friday.

The summit is also expected to deliberate on the institutional reform and financing of the continental body; peace and security on the continent and developments related to the African Continental Free Trade Area.
The Presidency said South Africa intends to submit its Instrument of Ratification of the Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area during the summit.

Negotiations for a new cooperation agreement between the African, Caribbean, and Pacific developing countries and the European Union Post-2020 will also feature on the meeting’s agenda.

AU leaders will also elect the Chairperson of the AU for 2020 – a position that will rotate to the Southern Region.
There will also be the election of five members of the AU Peace and Security Council; the appointment of one member of the AU Commission on International Law; and of one member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

Important meetings preceding the heads of state meetings are the 28th Forum of Heads of State Participating in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the meeting of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSC) and the meeting of the Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee of the AU Development Agency/NEPAD.

A meeting of the African Union High-Level Committee of Heads of State and Government on Libya will be convened for the Sunday. President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by a delegation of ministers. 

 

 

– SAnews.gov.za