26 January 2014

Angola - Head of Angolan Diplomacy Moderates Last Retreat of AU

The second and last day of work of the Ministerial Retreat of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU), which analyzes Agenda 2063, addresses this morning, in Bahr Dar, 500 kilometers from Addis Ababa, the subtheme - critical factors for success, creating conditions for exploiting the potential of Africa.

The Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Rebelo Chikoti, will be the moderator of this topic, whose main speaker is the Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo - lweala .

The Retreat is a meeting that happens under the preparatory sessions of the 24th Session of the Executive Council and the 22nd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, and it allows African ministers to reflect on constructive relations between the Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 of the organization and Agenda 2063.

This meeting is also aimed at creating synergies with all stakeholders, actors and development partners.

This session, which is taking place away from the glare of the press, aims to contribute specifically to the development of a framework document to be tackled by the policy organs of the AU in this 22th Summit and Agenda 2063 final to be adopted in June this year (2014).

At this meeting, which started on Saturday, ministers are expected to identify a clear direction and guidance on key areas of Agenda 2063 of the African Union to further draft and design the best way and means to improve the functioning of the structures, institutions and processes of the AU, to achieve the objectives set out.

The 24th session of the Executive Council, which begins on Monday, in Addis Ababa, will prepare the agenda to be submitted to the Heads of State and Government of the African Union Summit, slated for 30 January and pay special attention to agriculture and food security on the continent.

Besides agriculture, which is the central theme of this 22nd Summit, the Heads of State and Government will have on the table dossiers linked to conflicts in the Great Lakes , especially the situation in the DRC, Central African Republic, South Sudan, contributions from member states , trade on the continent, among other issues.

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