The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is in South Africa for discussions on preparations for a mid-year AU Summit and its related meetings to be held in the country, it was announced on Thursday.
The talks will kick start the negotiations on a host country agreement which will set out the roles of the host country, the AU Commission and other stakeholders, said Luwellyn Landers, South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.
The last AU Summit, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January 2015, decided that the mid-year summit will take place in South Africa under the theme: “Year of Women Empowerment and Development Towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.” The summit was originally scheduled to take place in N’djamena, Chad.
The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) is coordinating and facilitating an Interdepartmental Logistics Committee (IDLC) which is working on the logistics for the summit, Landers told a press briefing in Cape Town.
The IDLC, composed of the relevant government departments and the Office of the Premier of Gauteng Province, will report to the SA Inter-Ministerial Committee, which is responsible for political oversight and guidance.
The 25th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit will be held on June 14-15 at the Sandton International Convention Center, Johannesburg, according to Landers.
It will be proceeded by the 27th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council on June 10-12 this year, also at the Sandton International Convention Centre. Enditem