Lungu to Attend AU Summit in Addis

Elias Hubbard
February 9, 2019

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has left Harare this Friday afternoon for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he will join other heads of state and government from the continent for the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU).

The AU Assembly was preceded by the two-day 34th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council that began on Thursday.

Hon. Malanji also said this year's Summit was extremely important as it was expected to adopt key transformative legal and structural reforms of the African Union.

The passport will aim to facilitate the free movement of people, spur economic growth, and promote trade within the African continent, Mr. Mahamat said.

"In addition, consideration will also be given to the election of the chairperson of the AU for 2020 - a position that will rotate to the southern region, the election of five members of the AU peace and security council, the appointment of one member of the AU commission on global law, and of one member of the African committee of experts on the rights and welfare of the child".

The Trade and Industry portfolio at the AU is working towards securing the 22 ratifications required to effectively bring the AfCFTA into force, before the Heads of State Summit next week. He was welcomed at the Bole International Airport by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo, who was already in Addis Ababa, and Zimbabwe's ambassador to Ethiopia and permanent representative to the AU Mr Albert Chimbindi.

"African Union member states will not suddenly find money to give to refugees", Achieng Akena, executive director of the Pan African Citizens Network, a civil society group that campaigns for democracy and human rights in Africa, told Al Jazeera.

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