President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to attend the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union. The 29th Ordinary Session of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union opened Monday, at the Nelson Mandela Hall in Addis Ababa.
A dispatch from Addis Ababa says President Sirleaf arrived at the Bole International Airport at 7:30 amlocal time on Monday, and was received by Mr. EsayasGotta, Chief of Protocol of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Liberia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, George Patten, as well as several high profile personalities of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
This year’s Summit is held under the theme: “Harnessing Demographic Dividend Through Investment in the Youth.” The Assembly runs from Monday, July 3, 2017 – Wednesday, 5thJuly 2017.
Guinean President Alpha Conde, who currently chairs the AU, welcomed Heads of State and Government and declared the Summit opened. President Sirleaf’s delegation includes Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara, Finance and Development Planning Minister – Boima Kamara, Youth and Sports Minister Saah N’TOW and Gender and Development Minister – Julia Duncan Cassell, among others.
The 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly is also expected to discuss various presentations aligned to this year’s theme including – Assembly Debate, Report from President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and the Leaders of the institutional reform of the AU on the implementation of the Assembly’s decisions, Report on Peace and Security Council and the Report of the Commission on the State of Peace and Security in Africa.
Earlier, President Robert G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe donated a check of $1million to the African Union (AU) Foundation in an effort to enhance the activities of the Continental body. Meanwhile, Heads of State later attended a dinner hosted by Mr. HailemariamDesalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.=Press Release