ABABA, (Xinhua) -- Members of the
African Union (AU) Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) on
Tuesday met at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s
capital, on the framework of the 22nd
The ambassadors met for their 27th
ordinary session ahead of the session of the AU Executive
Council meeting and the summit of heads of state scheduled for
Jan. 27-28 and 30-31 respectively at the AU headquarters in
The AU meetings are set for Jan.
21-31 with the theme of “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture:
Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable
In her opening remarks of the PRC
meeting, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, Chairperson of AU Commission,
noted that the focus would be on the internal affairs of the
commission in the year 2014 to better support its policy organs,
including the PRC and member states.
particular, we shall build a strong institution, an institution
that retains Africa’s best minds and skilled professionals,” she
said. “In order to bring much needed and lasting change, we will
look at the challenges the Commission faces and address them
The commission continues working
with regional economic communities (RECs) and member states to
empower African people, especially women and youth, promoting
investment in health, education, public services, sciences,
research and innovation, said the chairperson.
It works also to promote peace
and security, good governance, democracy and human rights, she
Efforts will also be made to
implement policy frameworks to foster sustainable development,
increase agricultural production, food and nutrition security,
grow agro-business and intra-Africa trade, develop blue and
green economies, and sound environmental and natural resource
management, she added.
The commission also works hard to
speed up infrastructure development to connect the continent,
and foster environments for inclusive economic development,
industrialization, beneficiation of mineral resources, private
sector development and intra-Africa trade, she said.
The chairperson stated that the
commission’s work on the different areas would be guided by the
theme of the union—the Year of Agriculture and Food Security.
Dlamini-Zuma reiterated concern
over the security situations in Central African Republic (CAR)
and South Sudan.
Peace and Security Council, IGAD and the AU Commission are
working tirelessly to forge a peaceful solution to the
conflicts,” she said. “Our collective efforts are not only to
end the bloodshed, but also to address the recurring and root
causes of these conflicts, in order to building lasting peace
and stability. “
The progress made in Mali,
Somalia, and Madagascar should make Africans more resolute than
ever to fulfill the pledge of the Golden celebration of the
pan-African organization to end conflicts and silence guns by
2020, noted the chairperson.
In her opening remarks, Kongit
Sinegiorgis, Ethiopian permanent representative to AU, who is
also Chairperson of the PRC, emphasized on addressing challenges
the AU Commission and AU member states are facing to help
improve implementation capacity.
Kongit underlined need to
reducing number of decisions adopted by policy organs to give
adequate time for implementation.
adopting so many decisions and not getting them implemented
will have no meaning to our people and render our organization
weak and ineffective,” said Kongit.
She also underscored the need to
deliberate on ways of enhancing institutional capacity of the AU
The ambassadors are expected to
exchange views on specific reports including among others 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; sub- committee on
contributions; including the annual report of the AU Commission
and that of the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights.