By Abdul Rahman Bangura-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone– The AU’s 5th Mid-Year summit holds from July 13th to 16th and will be heeded by 51 Foreign Ministers from the AU member states. On Sunday, 15 Beads of State will convene at the United Nations African Headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi.
The conference is pursuing the AU theme for 2023, “Acceleration of African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation” (AfCFTA) and shall seek directions to improve integration across the landmass and facilitate trade.
Kenyan Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr. Alfred Mutua mumbled that the conference would similarly assess the AU’s financial budget for 2024. The conference is scheduled as a result of the mainland been waddled by incessant conflicts and crises which have affected most of the AU’s member states.
Dhoihir Dhoulkamal – the AU’s Chairperson of the Executive Council, acknowledged that the meeting took place “at a time and within a special context of the international scene marked by conflicts and various crises”.
“The war in the Sudan, the conflict in Eastern DRC, the transition process in Mali and Bur Faso and Guinea, the war in Russnd Ukraine, which is mulling over heavily and negatively on the farming production of Africa,” Dhoulkamal said. “These are so many concerns which remain at the very heart of our political and diplomatic program.”
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent