President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 29th ordinary session of the assembly of African Union [AU].
The assembly running under the theme: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth” will be held today, Monday at African Union Headquarters, Nelson Mandela Plenary Conference Hall and attended by Heads of State and Government of the AU Member states.
H.E. Mr. Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea and Chairman of the African Union, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and H.E. Mr. Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union will make presentations at the assembly.
The assembly will also receive donation of a cheque by H.E. Mr. R. G. Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, to the African Union (AU) Foundation.
Among other activities is the launching of the Road Show for Dot Africa and Annual AU Gender Score Card (AGS) and a presentation on and Moderation of the Theme of the Summit by H.E. Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad, Leader on the AU Theme of the Year 2017.
It comes after the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union’s (AU) Executive Council, under the theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth” which kicked off on 30th June, 2017 at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ahead of the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of AU Heads of States and Government, scheduled to commence on the 3rd of July 2017.
In his first address to the Executive Council as Chairperson of the AU Commission (AUC), H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, focused on 4 main issues namely:- the priorities of the African Union; progress in institutional reform, the need to speak with one voice and the link between decisions reached and the will to implement them
In terms of priorities, and in relation to peace and security, H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki pledged to continue visiting areas where member states continue to face the scourges of wars and terrorism. He recalled that since taking office in March 2017, he had already been to Somalia, South Sudan, the Sahel and the Lake Chad basin.