By Confidente Reporter
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob will join other African Heads of State amongst other dignitaries in Kigali, Rwanda for the 27th African Union (AU) Summit.Geingob is expected to depart for Rwanda on July 15 for the eight day summit under the theme “The African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women” that will start on July 10 to the 18th.
The Summit is expected to reaffirm the promotion and protection of human and people’s rights in Africa, especially women’s rights, and strengthen African Shared Values in order to overcome current challenges facing the Continent.
The Summit is also expected to address critical issues on the free movement of people and goods, and regional integration in line with the AU Agenda 2063. This year will also see the launch of the AU electronic passport (e-Passport), which is another milestone in creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa.
In order to foster intra-Africa trade, integration and socio-economic development, the Pan-African Passport will facilitate the free movement of persons, goods and services around the continent.
The AU Heads of State and Government and Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation are expected to be issued with the AU Diplomatic Passport during the 27th Ordinary Session.
The Ordinary Session will also elect and appoint the next Chairperson of African Union Commission as Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the current and fourth Chairperson of the Commission, will vacate her seat at the end of 2016.
The Deputy Chairperson of the Commission as well as the eight (8) Commissioners will also be elected and appointed during this Session. The 27th Ordinary Session will be preceded by, amongst others, the 29th Session of the Executive Council slated for 13 to 15 July 2016, while the Retreat of the Heads of State and Government on the Financing of the AU is scheduled for 16 July 2016 in Kigali.
The African Union Assemblies take place twice a year and bring together the 54 Member States to discuss the issues that affect the daily lives of Africans in order to shape a better future.
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