February 11, 2020

Eritrea participates at 33rd ordinary AU summit

Eritrea participates at 33rd ordinary AU summit

Asmara, 11 February 2020- Eritrea participated at the 33rd African Union summit of heads of State and Government held from 9 to 10 February in Addis Ababa  under the theme “Silencing the Gun: Creating Conducive Condition for Africa’s Development”.

The Eritrean delegation was headed by Mr. Biniam Berhe, Charge d’Affiars at the Eritrean Permanent Mission to the African Union.

At the opening session report on the objective situation of the African Union was presented by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt.

According to the report President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi presented the document for revitalizing the African Union was ratified at the summit of the Executive Ministerial Council, legal protocols for elucidating responsibilities of member countries, the Economic Commission for Africa and African Economic Zones were ratified and the preparation for the operational of the office of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement in Ghana has been finalized.

Likewise extraordinary summit focusing on integrated implementation of the African Free Trade Area will be held in May 2020 in South Africa.

Moreover, indicating that that absence of peace and stability are mainly due to the lack of practical measures and interference of external forces, the summit proposed to held extraordinary summit of African leaders in 2020 focusing on struggle against terrorism.

South Africa also assumed Chairmanship of the African Union for this year.

President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa on his part indicated that he will give priority for the advancement of economic and financial inclusion of women and address gender based violence.

The summit also elected Democratic Republic of Congo to become Vice-Chair for 2020 and Chairmanship for 2021, and Mali as Vice Chair from West Africa, Kenya as third Chair from East Africa and Egypt from North Africa as Rapportuere.

In related news Eritrea also participated at the 36th meeting of the Executive Ministerial Council of the AU member states that was held from 6 to 8 February.

The Ministerial Council has ratified the new structure of the AU, budget and other issues submitted by the permanent representatives.

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