Addis Ababa, 15 January 2013 – The 20th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) is scheduled to take place from 21 to 28 January 2013 at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Holding under the theme: : “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance”, the 20th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the AU will officially kick off on Monday 21 January 2013, with the 25th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC). The PRC will discuss items on the agenda in preparation of the upcoming AU Summit, to be submitted to the Executive Council for adoption.
According to the PRC agenda for the 20th AU Summit, the Ambassadors will, for two days (21 and 22 January 2013) exchange views on specific reports including the reports of the Advisory Sub-committee on administrative, budgetary and financial matters; sub-committee on programmes and conferences; sub-committee on structures; multilateral cooperation; economic and trade matters; sub-committee on contributions; the progress report on the draft Strategic Plan 2014-2017 for the African Union Commission; the report on the NEPAD; the Special Emergency Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa; the headquarters host agreements; as well as that on Audit Matters among others.
The Ambassadors will also consider the revision of the rules of procedure relating to the process of election of members of the Commission as well as the working documents and draft decisions in preparation for the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council.
On the other hand, the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council will hold from 24 - 25 January 2013 at the headquarters of the AU in Addis Ababa. The Ministers of External Affairs and other ministers or authorities designated by the governments of AU Member States will deliberate on the different reports of the ministerial meetings organised by the AU Commission during the last six months. They will consider the activity report of the Commission; the recommendations of the PRC on the implementation of previous Decisions of the Executive Council and the Assembly; and the report of the ministerial committee on candidatures.
The Executive Council will also consider the Annual Report of the Commission for 2012; the Statutes of the Pan-African University (PAU); Ministerial Committee on Candidatures; Ad-hoc Ministerial Committee on the scale of assessment; progress report of the Commission on the transformation of the African Union Commission into the African Union Authority; before embarking on the consideration of items proposed by Member States.
One of the high moments during the Executive Council meeting will be the election of two members of the Commission. They are: the Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology and the Commissioner for Economic Affairs, to complete the list of eight Commissioners of the African Union Commission.
The Ministers will also proceed to the election of five members of the Peace and Security Council (PSC); one judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR); eleven members of the Advisory Board on Corruption and five Members of the African Union Commission on International Law.
Meanwhile, the 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union is scheduled to take place on 27 and 28 January 2013. The Heads of State and Government will begin their session with a minute of silence in memory of the late President John Atta Mills of Ghana and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia. They will proceed to an honorary awards ceremony for the former Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Jean Ping and former Commissioners of the Commission of the African Union. There will be the signing of AU treaties alongside the unveiling of the plaque to commemorate the opening of the new African Union Conference and office Complex at the AU Headquarters.
AU Summit to Discuss President’s Report of Activity:
The AU Heads of State and Government will consider the recommendations of the Executive Council on the report of the Commission on the implementation of previous Decisions of the Executive Council and the Assembly; the report of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa, including the activities of the Panel of the Wise.
They will further consider the report of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC); that of Mr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Chairperson of the Committee of Ten on the UN Reforms; as well as the report of the Coordinator of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) on the Climate Change Negotiations at the 18th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (COP 18).
The Presidents and Heads of Delegations will also listen to briefings from Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Co-Chair of the United Nations High-Level Panel (HLP) on the Post 2015 Development Agenda on the ongoing consultative process regarding the work of the Panel and another briefing from Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, on the hosting by South Africa of the 5th BRICS Summit in March 2013.
They will also exchange views on the progress report of the Commission on the Transformation of the African Union Commission into the African Union Authority as well as the report of the High Level African Trade Committee (HATC) on “Boosting Intra-African Trade and the Establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area”.
For more information, consult the African Union website: www.au.int and visit the 20th Summit web page of the AU at the following link: http://summits.au.int/en/20thsummit/
Journalists are invited to cover the official opening and closing ceremonies of the 25th Ordinary Session of the PRC on 21 and 22 January 2013, the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council on 24 and 25 January 2013 and the 20th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly on 27 and 28 January 2013.
Journalists wishing to interview the leadership of the AU Commission during the Summit should submit their requests to Mrs Esther Azaa Tankou E-mail: YambouE@africa-union.org / firstname.lastname@example.org