30th African Union Summit
The 30th African Union Summit kicked off on Monday (January 22), at the level of the Permanent Representatives' Committee (PRC) of their 35th Ordinary Session under the theme of "Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation."
The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Deputy Chairperson, AUC Commissioners, Ambassadors of AU Member States based in Addis Ababa as well as Heads of Organs and Representation Offices abroad and representatives from the diplomatic corps, the international community, civil society, private sector and invited guests were in attendance.
In his address to the PRC, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, underlined that, a theme such as the "fight against corruption" raises huge expectations, which cannot be dashed. He added, "The commission will do everything in its power to support the implementation of the decisions that will be adopted on this matter, but in the final analysis, the primary responsibility is that of the States."
Chairperson Moussa Faki noted with satisfaction the progress made during the last period on the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and the African Passport program.
Mrs. Fatoumata Kaba Sidibe, Chairperson of the PRC and Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea, in her opening remarks, expressed her appreciation for the collective efforts of all members of the PRC and that of the AUC Chairperson to implement the Continental Agenda 2063 and its 10 Year Plan among others related issues aimed at advancing the integration process of the continent.
For two days, the 35th Session of the PRC will consider the reports of the various activities of their sub-committees, reports of the AU organs and their activities. The PRC will also exchange views on the draft agenda, as well as the draft Decisions and Declarations of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, and those of the 30th AU Assembly, before adopting its report.
The 35th Ordinary Session of the PRC will conclude on 23rd January 2018, with the adoption of its report to be submitted to the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council scheduled to hold from 25th-26th January 2018.