Topic

Africa

Tags

Sorry there are no tags yet

Author
Cinnamon Carter

Ethiopia PM's First A.U. Address: African Unity, Reform Support

Ethiopia PM

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attended his first African Union, A.U., meeting today at the Nelson Mandela Hall at the body’s headquarters in the capital, Addis Ababa.  Abiy, Africa’s youngest leader, seized the opportunity to talk about continental, regional and local affairs of interest since he took over as political leader of Africa’s second most populous country.


According to a summary of the issues he shared with leaders, Abiy highlighted that the Union’s wide reforms were necessary not for the sake of initiating reforms, but because it is a must.


“Drawing on the Pan-African vision,” he asked leaders of the African Union “to stand together to survive changing global dynamics instead of acting solitarily and emphasized that it is leaders of African states that need to set the right expectations and pace,” a statement from his office said.  He also stressed the importance of togetherness through economic cooperation and integration. Ethiopia recently kick started a visa-on-arrival regime for all Africans.


At the regional level, he mentioned how peace with Eritrea was having a positive ripple effect across the Horn of Africa region. He said while stabilizing the region, the peace deal had effectively shifted the “war narrative to one of mutual cooperation.”


Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed referenced the renewal taking place in Ethiopia, particularly highlighting the opening up of political spaces, release of prisoners, lifting bans on media and blocked websites, and most importantly the measures taken to crack down on corruption through a strengthened judicial system.  Prime Minister Abiy also emphasized that one of the reform initiatives that is of paramount importance to him is equal representation of women in key decision-making and leadership positions, which has been one of the key pillars of his reforms.


African leaders are gathered in Addis Ababa for the 11th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union.   Abiy takes a prominent seat as host of the summit along with current AU president, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.  The body is currently discussing reform efforts aimed at revamping the structure of the Union. It is also working to develop a more independent means of financing its activities.


The yearly rotational presidency will move from Kagame to Egypt’s Abdel Fatteh Al-Sisi in January 2019 when leaders gather for the ordinary summit.


Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban, African Newsa

Author
Cinnamon Carter



Things That May Interest You

Similar Stories
Africa

Nigeria's Opposition Leader Atiku Signs Elections Peace Pact

Nigeria’s main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar signed an election peace pact on Wednesday, saying a ‘communication...

Africa

Buhari Tells Nigerians to Ignore Rumors of His Death and Replacement

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed allegations that the real head of state died and was replaced by a...

Africa

Uganda Government 'Bribes' Wetland Invaders for Political Reasons

Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni has said his government has resorted to bribing people who invade wetlands, because...

Africa

Ramaphosa urges South Africans to resist racism sentiments

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday appealed to the nation to resist racist sentiments, following a brawl in...

Africa

How Young Entrepreneurs are helping to Boost Black African Farmers

An award-winning app in South Africa is helping emerging small-scale farmers connect with supermarkets by making it easier for...

Africa

Ethiopia's New President Joins Africa's Powerful Women

Ethiopia’s new president, Sahle-Work Zewde has joined the ranks of African women that are leading history as pioneers and...

Africa

Hunger Rising in Africa After Prolonged Decline: WHO on World Food Day

For most people the world over, there is food available all year round. The same cannot be said of millions living elsewhere...

Africa

Senegal Capital Has New Female Mayor – the First Woman Post-Independence

The Senegalese capital of Dakar has a new mayor by the name of Soham El Wardini.  Wardini is the first woman post-independence...

Africa

Shell cleans up from dirty past in Nigeria

Shell wants to re-weight its footprint in Nigeria to focus on oil and gas fields far offshore, away from the theft, spills,...

Africa

Ethiopia Government Welcomes Oromo Liberation Front Back Home

The government of Ethiopia on Saturday officially welcomed former armed opposition group, the Oromo Liberation Front, OLF,...

Things That May Interest You