Johannesburg: And so, in the build-up to 2063, will the positives overwhelm the negatives or vice versa – or will these continue to be in precarious balance? Macro-projections are that, by 2050, the global economic pecking order will have China as the largest global economy, followed by the US, India, Brazil, Russia and Japan as the top 6 economies. However, at the politico-military level, the US will still be the dominant power, with its military strength currently greater than that of about 10 of the next powers combined. This is besides the dominance of the capitalist socio-economic system of which the US is the epicentre. It can thus be argued that, for most of the next 50 years, global relations will be characterised by primary unipolarity with secondary multipolar features – albeit with significant shifts towards multipolarity.
Pretoria: The African Union Summit adopted a historic decision to establish the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIR) at the initiative of South Africa. President Jacob Zuma, has, on behalf of South Africa, championed the African Union Heads of State's response in support of the proposal by the African Union Commission for the establishment of an African Rapid Response Capacity to crises on the Continent.
Johannesburg: Perhaps ABBA’s song, Money, money, money, should be the African Union (AU) anthem. Similar refrains were the depressing mood music throughout most of the 39-year existence of its predecessor, the generally unlamented Organisation of African Unity (OAU), before it was put to sleep in 2002. For both bodies, whose combined 50th anniversary will be celebrated next May, finances have always been a debilitating problem.
Joint Communiqué at the conclusion of the bilateral discussions between President Jacob Zuma and President Joyce Banda on the occasion of President Banda’s working visit to South Africa, 27 April 2012:
Lilongwe: South African government has managed to secure support from southern and east African countries to vote in favour of its candidate who is eying the top post of African Union (AU) commission chairperson, a senior cabinet official has said.
Johannesburg: South Africa has done its homework and is lobbying tirelessly to secure the African Union (AU) chairmanship for its candidate, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma , when the continental body holds its next summit in Malawi in June, a presidential adviser said yesterday.
Lilongwe: Local commentators agree that Malawi will be compelled to return the gesture that neighbouring South Africa has displayed during the funeral ceremony of president Bingu wa Mutharika by voting for that country's candidate in July elections for African Union Commission chair. The government, however, says it has not made a position yet on the election of the AUC chairperson.
Luanda: The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)'s Double Troika are meeting Thursday in South Africa to assess the decisions from the latest meeting of the Group of 8 with the African Union, ANGOP has learnt.
The African Union Heads of State and Government, Ad-Hoc Committee, established following the deadlock in the election of the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson in Ethiopia in January, met in Gabon on March 17, 2012. The meeting reportedly agreed on the process for the election of the AU Commissioner, to be presented at the next African Union (AU) Summit in July 2012 in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Kampala: The African Union is allergic to deadlock, even competition, when it comes to filling positions. It thrives on consensus. The January showdown over the AU Commission chairmanship between incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon and Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa was very much out of the script.