Kagame arrives in Addis for AU Summit

President Paul Kagame yesterday arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 18th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit scheduled to take place from January 29-30.

President Paul Kagame yesterday arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 18th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit scheduled to take place from January 29-30.

The bi-annual meeting is attended by African Heads of State and Government as well as heads and representatives of international organizations, including the United Nations that will be represented by Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General.

Kagame, will on Monday present to the Summit a report on the 4th High Level Forum on Aid effectiveness that was held November last year in Busan, South Korea.  He was among African leaders who represented the continent at the meeting.

On the eve of the AU Summit, the President will take part in the inauguration of the newly constructed African Union Conference Centre (AUCC).

The USD 150 million complex was China’s donation to the AU in recognition of the friendship between Africa and China.

Part of the Agenda for the AU summit is how to boost intra-African Trade as well as elect the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners of the AU Commission.

The current chairperson, Jean Ping who was first elected in 2008, is seeking re-election, however, he will have to slug it out with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs and former wife of President Jacob Zuma.

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