Angolan Vice-president leaves for Addis Ababa

Luanda – The Vice-president of the Republic, Manuel Domingos Vicente, left this Saturday morning for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he will attend on 30-31 January the 28th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union (AU), in representation of the Angolan President, Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

At the Luanda’s “4 de Fevereiro” International Airport, Manuel Domingos Vicente was bid farewell by the State Minister and head of the President’s Security Office, Manuel Helder Vieira Dias JA�nior, the Governor of Luanda, Higino Carneiro and by the Secretary of State For Cooperation, A�ngela Braganca, among other individuals.

Under the theme Taking advantage of the demographic dividend, investing in youth, the conference will be preceded by the 30th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union and by the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee, in which Angola is represented respectively by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti, and the permanent ambassador to the African Union, Arcanjo do Nascimento.

The Heads of State and Government, behind closed doors, are expected to discuss, among other topics, Governance (African Architecture of Governance and Elections), and Integration (Free movement of people, goods and services).

The return of the Kingdom of Morocco to the African Union is another hot topic for discussion, as well as the Migration, where the Heads of State are expected to propose measures to stop illegal migration flows to southern Europe, with particular emphasis on combating trafficking networks in the southern Mediterranean.

The opening session of the 28th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the African Union will be chaired by the President of the Republic of the country that will take up the AU presidency, as from 30 January 2017, thus replacing the Chadian statesman, Idriss Deby.

The event will be attended by the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud-Abbas.

Source: Angola Press News Agency