AU summit commences with PRC meeting
Addis Ababa: The African Union (AU) has announced that the 19th AU Summit is going to officially kick off on Monday with the meeting of the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) at the Headquarters of the Pan-African institution in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Under the theme: "Boosting Intra-African Trade," the 19th Ordinary Session of the AU Summit re-scheduled its venue from Malawi to Ethiopia, a seat for the AU Headquarters.
The 18th AU Summit had decided Malawi to host the 19th AU Summit before it re-scheduled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The 24th Ordinary Session of the PRC will discuss items on the agenda in preparation of the upcoming AU Summit, to be submitted to the Executive Council for adoption, said AU in a statement on Friday.
According to the PRC agenda for the 19th AU Summit, the Ambassadors will, for two days exchange views on specific reports including the reports of the Advisory Sub-committee on administrative, budgetary and financial matters; sub-committee on programs and conferences; sub-committee on structures; multilateral cooperation; economic and trade matters; the report on the NEPAD as well as that of the refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa.
They will consider the working documents and draft decisions in preparation for the 21st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council. On the other hand, the 21st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council will hold from 12 to 13 July and 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 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 further look into reports of some AU Organs including the Pan-African Parliament (PAP); the African Committee of the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC); the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the Union (ECOSOCC); the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption; and the African Union Commission on International Law (AUCIL) 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 Commissioners of the African Union and the election of three judges of the African Court of Human and People' s Rights (AfCHPR) as well as the appointment of one judge of the AU Ad-Hoc Administrative Tribunal.
The 19th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union is scheduled to take place on 15 and 16 July 2012.
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 on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa, including the activities of the Panel of the Wise; the report of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister and Chairperson of NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC); and that on Africa's preparation for the Climate Change Negotiations at the 18th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (COP18), in his capacity as Coordinator of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC).
The Presidents and Heads of Delegations will also exchange views on the report of Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo and Africa's Coordinator on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20). They will also discuss the report of Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone and Chairperson of the Committee of Ten on the UN Reforms.
The Assembly will further consider the report of the High Level Committee of Heads of State and Government/ Chair of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on Boosting Intra-African Trade, among others. According to the agenda of the Summit, the Heads of State will proceed to the election of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission.