ADDIS ABABA, November 14 (Xinhua) – The Executive Board of the African Union (AU) was launched today at the headquarters of the AU in the capital of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, ahead of heads of state summit scheduled for November 17th -18th.
At a two-day meeting, the foreign ministers of the 55-member Pan-African Union are expected to consider the draft agenda, decisions and declarations at the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) from November 5 to 6, focusing on the AU institutional reforms, the Development Agencies AU (AUDA) and Union funding.
In her opening remarks, Moussa Faki Mahamt, President of the AU Commission, noted that the session of the Executive Council held during the extraordinary summit of the AU came at a time when progress on the continent, as well as pressure on international and international issues at the continental level.
He stressed the need to improve the effectiveness of the Union in order to effectively address the development initiatives and the multiple challenges facing the continent.
Chairman of the session, Rwandan Foreign Minister Richard Seziber reiterated that the self-financing of the Union in a sustainable and predictable manner is crucial for the implementation of the reform program.
He stressed the need to create the necessary growth by ratifying the Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and respecting financial obligations, including the adoption of a 0.2 percent fee through national legislative bodies.
"The AU process goes beyond the Commission, even though this was the main focus of our negotiations this year. We know that the entire institutional architecture of our Union must be solved," he said.
"Our work in the next two days will be demanding, but we can aim to finalize our Executive Council meeting with clear recommendations to our leaders on AU Commission reforms, the mandate of the AU Development Agency and proposals on the division of labor among key African institutional stakeholder institutions" he added.