Rabat - The 30th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union opened today in Addis Ababa, with the participation of Morocco.
Rabat – The 30th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union opened today in Addis Ababa, with the participation of Morocco.
The summit, which is being held under the theme “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation,” is marked by the attendance of Morocco’s Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, who is representing King Mohammed VI.
The delegation led by El Othmani also includes Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The opening ceremony was marked by a speech from Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairman of the AU Commission, who presented the theme of the summit and welcomed the newly appointed presidents from Liberia, Angola and Kenya.
The summit’s agenda consists of several panel discussions related to peace, security, development, and the institutional reforms that are envisioned for the Pan-African organization, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The two-day summit will seek to solidify the political commitment among all member nations to further develop a democratic and prosperous Africa – free of corruption – as envisioned by the continent’s 2063 Agenda: “The Africa We Want.”
Throughout the first day, African leaders discussed various issues, including the thorny issues of internal organizational reform and AU finances.
This reform seeks to make the organization more focused on peace, security, political issues, trade and the representation of the organization in world affairs, added MAP.
The summit will also be marked by AU leadership transfer from Guinea’s Alpha Condé, incumbent President of the African Union, to Rwanda’s Paul Kagame who will preside over the continental organization for the coming year.
The Addis Ababa summit will also discuss ways to curb organized crime on the continent.
African leaders will also discuss unified measures to better respond to the migration crisis that has been affecting many African countries. In 2017, several thousand migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea attempting to reach Europe from Africa’s northern coast.