Ordinary session of AU’s Executive Council to happen Wednesday

Addis Ababa – The 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU)’s Executive Council is to kick off this Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a meeting to which the Angolan delegation is being led by the minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti.

This event will precede the 28th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, which is to happen at the weekend and will focus on the theme Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth.

Last Tuesday was the last day of the works of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee, in which Angola is represented by its Permanent Ambassador to the African Union, Arcanjo do Nascimento.

Last Tuesday the Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti, arrived in Addis Ababa, accompanied by the minister of Culture, Carolina Cerqueira, and the secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Manuel Augusto, as well as senior staffs of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The Angolan delegation also includes the minister of Family Issues and Promotion of Women, Filomena Delgado, who arrived in Addis Ababa last Friday to attend the Pre-Summit of the Commission on the Situation of Women, as part of the African Union gathering.

The 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU)’s Executive Council will elect the new chairperson of the AU Commission, to which Angola has endorsed the candidacy of Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Foreign minister of Botswana.

On the other hand, the Angolan Josefa Sacko, former secretary-general of the Inter-African Coffee organisation (IACO), is being proposed to occupy the post of AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, whereas Tete Antonio, currently the AU’s representative to the United nations, is being advanced to occupy the post of AU Commissioner for Political Matters.

This African Union event will be tackling very pertinent current issues of the African continent, such as the regional integration processes, the implementation of the Agenda 2063, the situation of peace and security in the continent, the situation in the Middle-East, Post-2015 Development Agenda, the AU’s Budget, human rights, structural reforms and African governance architecture.

The opening session is to be presided over by the incoming chairperson of the African Union, which, according to the rules, will be a statesman from the West African region, most probably Guinea Conakry’s President, Alpha Conde.

The event is to be attended by the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud-Abbas.

Source: Angola Press News Agency