2 February 2014

South Africa: Zuma Returns From AU Summit

President Jacob Zuma has returned from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, where he attended the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

The two-day gathering of African leaders started on Thursday ended on Friday, January 31.

The theme of the summit was '2014 - Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa, Marking the 10th Anniversary of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme'.

"Africa feels that we have a lot to do on our own to produce more food, jointly, but there still is a land issue to resolve, as land is necessary for food production.

"All of us on the continent agree that we need to do more, but there is significant progress," President Zuma said. During the summit, the President presented South Africa's progress report to of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Forum of Heads of State and Government.

The report, which was well received by the summit, shows that South Africa has in the past decade progressed extensively in many aspects, including economic development, social security, health, governance and infrastructure development.

The summit also adopted the resolution for the speedy operationalization of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC).

Zuma said: "As South Africa, we welcome the move, as we have been playing a significant role in peacekeeping on the continent."

Amongst the major issues of focus, the summit deliberated on Agenda 2063, a vision of a peaceful, prosperous and united Africa in the next 50 years of the existence of the AU; the post-2015 Development Agenda, focusing on a common African position; the state of peace and security in Africa; the APRM; and Africa's relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

President Zuma was accompanied by the Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; State Security, Siyabonga Cwele; Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Public Service and Administration, Lindiwe Sisulu; Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba; and the Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo.

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