AU Summit kicks off in Addis Ababa with Sisi participating
Sunday، 10 February 2019 - 01:02 PM
The 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union kicked off in Addis Ababa on Sunday with the participation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Egypt will be handed over the chairmanship of the African Union.
The African leaders held a closed session to review the union's agenda alongside a number of reports, said Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radhi.
During the session, the coming chair of the AU for 2020 will be elected, added the spokesman, noting that a report about the financial and administrative reform of the union will be submitted by Rwandan President Paul Kagami.
Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat is expected to address the session about an Africa free trade agreement.
This is the fourth time for Egypt to lead the African nations as it has chaired the Organization of African Unity three times, but this is the first time to chair the African Union since it replaced the organization in 2002.
The Middle East News Agency (MENA) learnt earlier Sunday that Eswatini will be elected to chair the African Union in 2020 in succession of Egypt.
This year's African Union Summit is held under the theme “The Year of Refugees, Returnees, and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”.
The summit will focus on the latest developments in conflict areas in Africa, as well as ongoing efforts to resolve these conflicts.
The summit will also discuss a number of sustainable development issues within the framework of the African Development Agenda 2063, as well as topics related to health, education, innovation and technology resettlement.