ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia
(Xinhua) -- Despite encouraging steps
in the past five years, huge challenges remain in the fight
against corruption in Africa, for which the African Union (AU)
has declared the year 2018 as African anti-corruption year, said
Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission.
In his New Year message later Sunday, the chairperson underlined
that the fight against corruption assumes even greater
importance and urgency.
He noted that the year has been declared "Project 2018", with
the theme, "Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable
Path to Africa’s Transformation," under which the upcoming
summit of the AU heads of states will also be held.
"As we work towards building stronger institutions and
promoting prosperity, the fight against corruption assumes even
greater importance and urgency. It is a well-recognized fact
that corruption hinders efforts aimed at promoting democratic
governance, socio-economic transformation and peace and
security," he said.
He has also reiterated that the pan-African bloc remains
committed to working with its member states to deliver on the
ambitious Agenda 2063 flagship project of Silencing the Guns by
"We all need to rededicate ourselves to ending violence and
sustaining peace in our continent, including by bringing to a
successful conclusion the ongoing peace processes in Mali and
the Central African Republic, ensuring that the elections
planned in the Democratic Republic of Congo in December 2018
take place on time and in a conducive environment, consolidating
progress made in Somalia, and ending the threat posed by
terrorism in the Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin, and in Horn of
Africa," said the Chairperson.
He has expressed hope that the south Sudanese stakeholders
would deliver on the commitments made in the agreement on
Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and
Humanitarian Access signed as part of the IGAD-led
Revitalization Forum in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa in
"The people of South Sudan, who have endured so much pain and
suffering, desperately need and deserve peace," he said.
"As we enter 2018, we should remember all those who lost
their lives not because they lost the will to live, but because
of the deadly cloud of conflict, intolerance and disregard for
human life and endeavor," he added.