Alpha Conde, the President of the Republic of Guinea, has been elected the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) by the Heads of State and Government of the AU, at the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU.
President Conde takes over from Chad’s President Idriss Deby Itno for the year 2017.
“It is with honour and humility that I accept to preside at the destiny of our Organisation during the year 2017,” President Conde said in his acceptance speech.
He announced the implementation of the 2017 theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth” and implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 that seeks to place Africa as a key player in the global arena as the major programs to be undertaken under his mandate.
At the same gathering, Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was elected the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) narrowly beating Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Amina Mohammed.
Mahamat replaces Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma of South Africa who highlighted African women’s role in liberating Africa in her outgoing speech, urging the Assembly to recognize the 55-year old Pan African Women’s Organisation (PAWO)as a Specialized Agency of the AU.
AU Heads of State and Government who form the Assembly of the AU met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a strong call for unity to uphold the maintenance of peace and stability in the continent.
They were joined for the first time since the last Summit by the newly elected Presidents of the Gambia; Ghana; Sao-Tome and Principe; and Seychelles.
Antonio Guterres also attended the AU Summit, his first in his new capacity as the United Nations (UN) Secretary General.
He reiterated the UN’s commitment to supporting Africans by fully contributing to the peace missions in the continent.
The distinguished delegates and special invitees discussed the progress made so far in the continent, the challenges that Africa faces and made proposals for the way forward.