An African Union summit kicked off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday, with a tall ambition – silence the guns – in a continent increasingly under threats from terrorism, to the spread of small arms as well as ethnic violence caused by political injustices, greed, dictatorship, gargantuan corruption, climate change and outright poverty.
The 33rd African Union (AU) Summit which opened at the African Union Headquarters with the conference of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) brought together leaders under the theme ‘Silencing the guns: creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development’.
They were meeting at their Thirty Ninth (39th) Ordinary Session.
The Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, Ambassador Kwesi Quartey, opened the summit which had in attendance all the Ambassadors of the 55 African Union Member States based in Addis Ababa, representatives from the diplomatic corps, the international community, civil society, media, private sector and invited guests among others, according to a statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC by the AU in Ethiopia.
In a key note address on behalf of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Deputy Chairperson of the Quartey underlined the importance of the Institutional Reform of the African Union (AU).
The AU Assembly had decided to mandate the Chairperson of the Commission to develop a new departmental structure that would be lean and performance-oriented to tackle Africa’s pressing problems, especially peace and security on the continent.
The new structure would take into account the division of labor between the African Union, RECs and Regional Mechanisms, Member States and continental organizations.
“The Sub-committees of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) reviewed the proposed new structure along with the proposed financing strategy in October and November 2019. The revised proposal was considered and adopted by the PRC from 4-5 December 2019. It will now be considered by Policy Organs in February 2020.
The sub-committee provided feedback on the transition plan for the new departmental structure. Based on feedback provided and following validation by the Commission, the sub-committee will review the revised financing and transition plan and then transmit the same for the PRC’s consideration during this session” added Amb. Quartey.
The Deputy Chairperson reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to work with the PRC, in order to give full measure to the desirable cooperation and synergy between the two institutions.
“We need to continue to improve on our budgetary processes and focus on implementation of our vision – Agenda 2063. We seek to use this opportunity to enhance collaboration between the PRC and the Commission.” he said, adding, “We need to appreciate the work of the PRC under the able chairmanship of Ambassador Osama of Egypt. We would like to use this opportunity to encourage the PRC Sub-committees to continue their useful work”.