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AUC/ AfroChampions Initiative Joint Press Conference

January 29, 2018

AUC/ AfroChampions Initiative Joint Press Conference

Media Advisory/ 30th AU Summit

AUC/ AfroChampions Initiative Joint Press Conference

INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

When: Monday 29 January 2018

Time: 12:00-12:30

Where: African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The event will hold in the NCC- Small Conference Room 4

Who: Organized by the African Union Commission and the

AfroChampions Initiative.

The welcoming remark will be addressed by following personalities:

H.E. Mr Mahamadou Issoufou, CFTA Champion, President of the Republic of Niger

H.E. Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission

H.E Mr Aliko Alhaji Dangote, Founder and CEO, Dangote Group

There will be further statements by the following personalities:

H.E. Mr Thabo Mbeki, Former President of the Republic of South Africa - President of the AfroChampions Initiative

H.E. Mr Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria - Patron of the AfroChampions Initiative

Mr Jean-Louis Billon, Chairman of SICFA (Western Africa)

Dr Paul Fokam, Chairman and CEO, Afriland First Group (Central Africa)

Mr Ali Mufuruki, Chairman and CEO, Infotech Investments (Eastern Africa)

Objective:

· Introduce Partnership between the AU and the AfroChampions Initiative;

· Introduce the Private Sector’s Ambassadors for CFTA, to be appointed amongst the regional vice-chairs of the AfroChampions Club;

· Highlight the pioneering approach followed by the African Union in seeking input and feedback from private sector’s representatives - Demonstrate commitment to ensure that the final CFTA is aligned with the realities experienced by those who are engaged in cross-border business activities daily;

· Highlight commitments from the African business community to contribute to economic policy development;

· Draw media and general public’s attention onto the CFTA negotiations as well as the signature and ratification process for the Agreement Establishing the CFTA and related Protocols.

Journalists wishing to interview the Commission of Trade and Industry should submit their requests to Mrs Esther Azaa Tankou, Head of Information Division of the AUC, via E-mail: YambouE@africa-union.org / esthertankou@yahoo.com

For further information:

Directorate of Information and Communication | African Union Commission I E-mail: dic@africa-union.org I Web Site: www.au.int I Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

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