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AU May 20, 2013

Press release Nº17 /21st AU Summit

CONNECTING, INTEGRATING AND TRANSFORMING AFRICA

Addis Ababa, 22 May, 2013 – On 25th May 1963 when leaders of the independent states of Africa signed the Charter establishing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), they were driven by a political agenda to rid the continent of colonial domination. They also had in mind to establish the conditions for an integrated Africa through its telecommunication, road and energy infrastructure; the aim of this integration being self-reliance. Fifty years later, at the time when the Golden Jubilee of the OAU and of the African Union (AU) is being celebrated under the theme of “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance”, where does Africa stands in terms of infrastructure development?

Dr Elham Ibrahim, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy indicated at a press conference held on 20 May 2013 that a lot has already been done but a lot more still needs to be done for Africa to benefit from its abundant resources. Viable and affordable infrastructure for Africa would facilitate intra-African trade, (so far it represents only 12%), enhance mobility, and as a whole support the process of integration. Africa loses 2% of its GDP yearly because of poor infrastructure development.

To fill that gap the AU has come up the strategic Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) for a total cost of 360 billion USD. PIDA is meant to meet priorities with regard to transport, ITC, and trans-boundary water for the period 2012 up to 2040. Progress has been made at the regional and continental levels with projects being already implemented. At a political level, PIDA is high on the radar of African leaders. For instance, continental road corridors built under that chapter are championed by Presidents.

In order to keep momentum on the importance of infrastructure, raise awareness, share information and best practices among AU Member States, on 25 May 2013, the AU and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) will launch the virtual PIDA Information Center. Since PIDA was launched in 2010, investment has increased in this sector. “The future is promising for the development of infrastructure in Africa,” concluded Commissioner Ibrahim.

The press briefing was live streamed. With about 500 journalists expected to be in Addis Ababa to cover the summit, daily press conferences will be organised and live streamed.

For more information, please visit the African Union website at www.au.int and follow us on twitter (@_AfricanUnion) and Facebook.

AU May 19, 2013

Press release Nº 10/21st AU Summit

Africa Day 2013: Grand Debate on Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance

Addis Ababa, 19 May 2013 – A press briefing was held today to brief the media on the level of preparedness ahead of the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Organisation of African Unity and the African Union (OAU-AU). The briefing was also aimed at briefing the media on the side and parallel events taking place within the framework of the Jubilee and at informing the public on the steps to be taken to draw up the vision for Africa for the next 50 years. The panel included Dr Nkosazana Dlamnini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson and Ambassador Konjit SineGiorgis, Ethiopia’s permanent representative to the AU.

During the press briefing Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma explained “that the most important thing is that the AU has decided to involve and engage its citizens in order to reflect on where we have come from and where we are heading to”. She added that the celebrations are about galvanizing and energizing the populations not only at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa but throughout the continent where people will be discussing and shaping the future of Africa. The result of the discussions and debates will then inform Agenda 2063.

In his capacity as the Chairperson of the Organising Committee for the Golden Jubilee, Mr Erastus Mwencha said that the celebrations which kicked off with events such as the Women’s Consultative Conference, the Symposium on “Being Pan-African” and the 26th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) are an opportunity to reflect on the journey travelled thus far and to map out the future. He added that the Youth Forum planned for May 24th, also constitutes an opportunity for intergenerational exchange where young people will interact with current leaders and some of those who founded the OAU like former Presidents Kenneth Kaunda and Sam Nujoma. The celebrations will culminate on 25th May, Africa Day, in a Grand Debate on Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. There will also be festivities at the Millennium Hall, which will be open to the public. All the celebrations are meant to be owned by the people of Africa and those in the Diaspora.

Addressing a question on the achievements and the failures of the OAU, Ambassador SineGiorgis, who also serviced the historic First Conference of African Independent States in May 1963 when the OAU was formed, highlighted that the OAU “discharged its mandate to liberate Africa from the shackles of colonialism, imperialism and apartheid. Hence we cannot talk about failures. The OAU-AU is still work in progress”. Following to Ambassador SineGiorgis, Dr Dlamini Zuma added that today’s challenges relate to development and economic growth, and that encouragingly, Africa has been on the rise for the last 10 years, with six of the fastest growing economies being on the continent. As key achievements, she highlighted that the OAU-AU set some standards and norms including the Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and the AU Convention on the Assistance and Protection of Internally Displaced Persons to name just a few.

The press briefing was attended by over 40 journalists and was streamed live worldwide. With about 450 journalists accredited to cover the forthcoming summit, daily press conferences will be organised and they will be streamed live.

Programme of the celebrations attached.

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Programme des Evènements
AU May 19, 2013

Programme des Evènements

AU May 19, 2013

INVITATION TO THE MEDIA

PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE LEGAL COUNSEL OF THE AU

Within the framework of the 21st AU summit, falling within the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the OAU-AU, Mrs Djenaba Diarra, Legal Counsel of the African Union (AU) will on Monday, 20 May 2013 at 17h00 hold a press briefing on the following:

- Status of ratification of the OAU-AU Treaties

The press conference will be held in Briefing Room 1, at the new AU Conference Center, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Journalists are invited to take part in the press briefing.

Contact:
Ms. Yaye N. Sène
Directorate of Information and Communication
E-mail: seney@africa-union.org
Office : +251 115 182 568
Cell : +251 913 45 31 13

AU May 19, 2013 to May 27, 2013

La vingt et unième session ordinaire du Sommet de l'Union africaine aura lieu du 19 au 27 mai 2013 sous le thème : «Panafricanisme et Renaissance africaine ». Le sommet marquera également le cinquantième anniversaire de l'Organisation de l'Unité africaine, qui a été créée le 25 mai 1963.

Le Sommet se tiendra au siège de l'UA à Addis-Abeba, en Éthiopie comme suit :
19 - 20 mai 2013 : Vingt-sixième session ordinaire du Comité des Représentants permanents (COREP) ;
22 - 23 mai 2013 : Vingt-troisième session ordinaire du Conseil exécutif de l'Union africaine ;
26 - 27 mai 2013 : Vingt et unième session ordinaire de la Conférence de l'Union africaine.

AU May 19, 2013

INVITATION TO THE MEDIA

PRESS BRIEFING OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OF THE AU

Within the framework of the 21st AU Summit, falling within the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the OAU-AU, Dr Aïsha Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union (AU) will on Monday, 20 May 2013 at 12h00 hold a press briefing on the following:

- From OAU to AU: Decolonisation, Democratisation and Development

The briefing will be held in Briefing Room 1, at the new AU Conference Center, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Journalists are invited to take part in the press briefing.

Contact:
Ms. Yaye N. Sène
Directorate of Information and Communication
E-mail: seney@africa-union.org
Office : +251 115 182 568
Cell : +251 913 45 31 13