16 July 2018

Africa: Cameroon-AU - Moussa Faki Highlights AU Reforms

In a discourse at IRIC on July 13, the AU Commission Chair presented certain institutional values and reforms of the Pan African outfit.

The visiting Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on July 13, 2018 gave a lecture at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon, IRIC, under the theme "Reform of the African Union and Continental Integration." Moderated by the Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo, the AU Commission Chair was flanked by the Minister of External Relations, Lejeune Mbella Mbella, the President of the Pan-African Parliament, Hon. Roger Ngondo Ndang, the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Prof. Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor, and attended by African diplomats accredited to Cameroon besides IRIC students.

His lecture underlined the institutional reforms of the AU ranging from the economic, to security and political. With regards to the several challenges plaguing the continent such as illegal immigration, economic crisis and cross border security, Moussa Faki said solidarity, fraternity and a human approach is needed to collectively and effectively tackle the problems.

He disclosed that besides the security council of the AU to curb terrorism in the continent, authorities decided within the roadmap of ensuring peace to contribute funds to that effect. The Jurist by profession stated that issues of piracy and cross border criminality are being adequately examined by the security council of the AU for continental peace.

Within the economic dimension, he said concertations on the post 2020 ACP-EU accord are underway for development. He added that certain institutional reforms are being strengthened for a more realistic regional and economic integration.

As concerns Agenda 2063 of the AU, he said certain modalities have been outlined taking into consideration particularities of countries to ensure unified development.

In a welcome address from the IRIC Director, Salomon Eheth, the institution has over the years fostered African principles and diplomacy while respecting the AU Constitutive Act.

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