Addis Ababa: The first matter before this session of the Executive Council is the 3rd African Union Commission Strategic Plan (2014-2017). The AU Summit of July 2012 decided that we must develop an AU-wide plan, in order to provide greater coherence in the actions and initiatives of the AU organs, Member states, RECs and other key continental stakeholders. This plan is being developed as Agenda 2063, requiring widespread consultations and alignment of Member states, RECs and other continental strategies, to meet the vision of an integrated, people-centred and prosperous Africa at peace with itself. This will be presented to the January 2014 Summit for consideration.
Addis Ababa: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini‐Zuma, welcomes the adoption, on 2 April 2013, of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by the United Nations General Assembly, following two diplomatic conferences, held in July 2012 and March 2013 respectively, which could not reach consensus on a final text for the ATT.
The role in the global economy of the five BRICS (Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), has become increasingly important in the last few years. The BRICS make up more than 40 per cent of the world’s population and had a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of over $15 trillion in 2011, more than one fifth of the global total. Some $281 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) flowed to the BRICS in 2011, accounting for nearly 20 per cent of global FDI flows (UNCTADStat, 2013). Despite the global financial crisis, the BRICS have maintained fairly stable growth.
N'djamena: Rebels who seized power in Central African Republic should consider holding elections in one year not three to speed up the return to democratic rule, a senior official from the African Union said on Wednesday. African leaders including South African President Jacob Zuma are meeting in Chad's capital N'Djamena to hash out a regional response to the coup.
Luanda: The Angolan Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Chikoti, last Tuesday in Luanda defended the need for a major involvement of the African Union (AU) in finding a solution to the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), following the coup d'état that overthrew president François Bozizé. The Foreign minister made this statement to ANGOP at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, a few minutes before departing to Chad, where he will participate in the Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), scheduled for this Wednesday, convened to analyse the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR).
The role in the global economy of the five BRICS (Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), has become increasingly important in the last few years. The BRICS make up more than 40 per cent of the world’s population and had a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of over $15 trillion in 2011, more than one fifth of the global total. Some $281 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) flowed to the BRICS in 2011, accounting for nearly 20 per cent of global FDI flows (UNCTADStat, 2013). Despite the global financial crisis, the BRICS have maintained fairly stable growth. And beyond economic interests, their goals include tighter political cooperation among themselves and stronger political impact globally.
n the two earlier policy briefs in this series on the AU Summit in the year of its jubilee, I discussed the policy implications of the year's theme and the response of African leaders to the bigger picture that the theme forced them to respond to. In this policy brief, I discuss the extent to which the resolutions of the AU Summit in January 2013 constituted a continental response to the vision that Mrs Dlamini-Zuma outlined at the opening of the summit.
BRICS will meet for their fifth summit in Durban, South Africa from 27-28 March. The size of BRICS’ collective engagement in Africa is considerable, and amounts roughly to more than $170 billion in terms of trade alone. This excludes all other economic engagements by BRICS in Africa, such as investments, development cooperation and technology transfer. Indeed, according to the OECD, the share of non-OECD countries in Africa’s trade escalated from 26% in 2000 to 39% in 2009.
Addis Ababa: The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 363rd meeting held in Addis Ababa on 25 March 2013, adopted the following decision on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR):
Addis Ababa: The on-going violent conflicts in Africa highlight the continuing need for the African Union (AU) to remain actively seized not only of the management and resolution of conflicts, but also with the prevention of armed conflict. Regional, continental and international efforts to manage and resolve conflicts in Africa raise the necessity to deliberate on how to enhance the tools and methodology for conflict prevention, management and resolution. I would like to seize the opportunity to reflect more generally on the notion of preventive diplomacy, the efforts being made by the OAU/AU on conflict prevention in general and preventive diplomacy in particular in the course of the past decade. I will also outline some challenges which, I believe, this open debate will help address.