African Union Summit talks food security


“Transforming Africa’s Agriculture: Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development”

The African Union Summit officially began on Tuesday January 21st with the 27th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) at its Head Quarters.

The opening included a speech by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and discussions regarding Africa’s agriculture sector were held afterwards.
The PRC’s agenda included exchanging  views on specific reports including those of the Advisory Sub-committee on administrative, budgetary and financial matters.
The 24th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council also kicked off tomorrow. 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 organized by the AU Commission during the last six months. 
They will also reflect on 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.
Further more, the Executive Council meeting will be the election of the ten members of the Peace and Security Council for a two year mandate, as well as the election of the president and vice president of the Pan-African University Council.
Heads of States and governments will be launching the year 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security marking the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). Their meeting is scheduled to take place on 30th of January for two days and they will also be looking at the report of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) on its activities and the state of peace and security on the continent. Situations regarding South Sudan and Central African Republic are topics that are expected to come up.
The African Heads of state will look at the report on the assessment of the African Standby Force (ASF) and the functions of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC), as well as launching the final report of the High Level Panel on Fragile States.