AFRICAN NATIONS URGED TO IMPLEMENT DECISION ON FINANCING OF AFRICAN UNION

ADDIS ABABA, The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has urged all member nations to implement a resolution adopted by them to impose a 0.2 per cent levy on imports of eligible products in order to ensure predictable, sustainable and equitable financing of the AU.

In his address at the opening of the 29th AU Summit at the AU Commission headquarters here Tuesday, Mahamat said some member States had already taken concrete measures for the implementation of the decision.

The integral and speeding of the implementation of this decision constitutes a factor and element of credibility, effectiveness of our actions, including the implementation of Agenda 2063 (the AU's 50-year development initiative)," stressed Mahamat.

Furthermore, he noted that the summit was being held at a time when political crises and conflicts remained the major sources of concern for the continent. The peace and security situations in Libya, Mali, Central African Republic, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Darfur (region of Sudan) and South Sudan as well as migration issues would engage the attention of summit, he added.

Each one of them calls for a determined effort to find political solutions for the problems that affect the countries, he stressed.

Member states need to also redouble their efforts to fight terrorism and extremism which affect the entire continent, he said.

At the same time, he said, we need to improve our future prosperity for the youth and we need to accelerate the implementation of a continental free trade (CFT) regime which is crucial for the development of the continent.

He highlighted that the Permanent Representatives' Committee (PRC) of the AU would focus on preparations for the convening of the session of the AU Executive Council.

The Chairperson of the Permanent Representatives' Committee, Ambassador Fatoumata Kaba of Guinea, said the committee would endeavour to bring clear decisions to the session of Executive Council, which is made up of foreign affairs ministers.

She called on the PRC members to be comprehensive and clear when taking decisions and recommendations on the various reports.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK