South African president leaves for Ethiopia to assume AU chairmanship

Cyril Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa left for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday to assume the chairmanship of the African Union (AU).

Ramaphosa leads a South African delegation to the 33rd Ordinary Session of the AU Heads of State and Government Summit, where South Africa will officially assume, for the second time, the chairship of the AU, the Presidency said.

It has been 18 years since South Africa first assumed the AU chairship in 2002 during the formation of the AU.

The current AU chairman, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi, will officially hand over the reins to Ramaphosa during the opening session of the summit, which will take stock of progress and challenges to peace, stability and sustainable development in Africa.

The summit, scheduled for Feb. 9-10, will consider a report of 35th ordinary session of the Executive Council, the peace and security situation on the continent, and draft legal instruments of the AU.

The summit will be held under the theme “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.”

Ramaphosa said earlier that South Africa will strategize on how best his country could use the AU chairmanship.

This was happening at a challenging time for the country, the continent and world, he said.

New tendencies are emerging and some old ones are resurfacing, which threaten to undermine a cooperative and mutually beneficial approach to global governance, the president said.

He also pledged to use South Africa’s AU chairmanship to promote the economic empowerment of women.

“With the African Continental Free Trade Area coming into operation this year, we have an opportunity to ensure that women and women-owned businesses are able to meaningfully benefit from what will be the world’s largest common market for goods and services,” Ramaphosa said. Enditem

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