African Union

Empowering the African Union

KIGALI – When the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was founded in 1963, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, the bloc’s first president, issued a clarion call: “What we require is a single African organisation through which Africa’s single voice may be heard, within which...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 8:59am

We must face the world as a unified bloc, Kagame urges African leaders

President Paul Kagame has called for consistency in the African Union’s reform process, urging leaders not to be fearful of change as it would be counterproductive. Kagame was speaking at the opening of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa,...

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 11:48am

AU military chiefs raise red flag on foreign military bases

African Union (AU) military chiefs have raised concern over the involvement of external forces in regional conflicts, particularly in the Horn of Africa, saying that the increase in foreign military bases of western countries could potentially derail efforts towards achieving peace and...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 1:18am

Carlos Lopes to lead African Union-EU trade talks

The African Union has appointed Carlos Lopes, a member of President Paul Kagame’s dream team in reforming the continental body and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, as the high representative for the post-2020 negotiations with the European Union...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 11:59am

The Africa we want is being built before our eyes – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that the Africa we want is being built piece by piece following increased progress towards achieving the goals Africa has set for herself. Highlighting the progress on the African Continental Free Trade Area, President Kagame announced Burundi, Lesotho, Namibia,...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:15am

Society benefits from gender equality – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that women can contribute more to society when enjoying their full rights. “Women can deliver more when they are enjoying their full rights. But with men and women working together using their talents to the maximum the effect is not just additive, it...

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 1:20am

AU reforms: President Kagame meets experts in Kigali

President Paul Kagame on Monday held a meeting with the African Union reforms team in Kigali. The meeting comes ahead of the African Union Summit scheduled for July in Mauritania. The Head of State – who is also the Chairperson of the African Union – is together with his team expected...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 1:41pm

PHOTO STORY: Kagame meets AU reform team in Kigali

President Paul Kagame on Monday hosted a meeting with the African Union reforms team in Kigali, ahead of the African Union Summit scheduled for July in Mauritania. The Head of State – who is also the Chairperson of the African Union – is together with his team expected to brief the...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:14am

Transformation ought to focus on citizens – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that national and continental transformation ought to focus primarily on investing in citizens. President Kagame was speaking at the second African Transformation Forum, in Accra, Ghana alongside Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, Côte d'Ivoire's...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 8:51am

No obstacle to African Union reforms is insurmountable – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that the African Union Assembly has set up support structures and engagement mechanisms at multiple levels to ensure that the African Union reforms process is not hindered by any challenges. Kagame made the remarks while chairing a Consultation Meeting on AU Reform...

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 8:41am