By Staff Witter
Preparations for the African union 33rd Heads of States and government summit which will be held under the theme; “silencing the guns: creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development”, have started in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This follows the official opening of the 39th ordinary session of the Permanent Representative Committee –PRC-, a committee that deliberates on draft reports and prepares the agenda for the executive council that later feeds into the work of the summit for heads of states and governments.
This year’s summit is slated for 9th to 10th February 2020.
Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the African Union, Emmanuel Mwamba confirmed the development.
And speaking during the official opening, Permanent Representative committee Chairperson, Osama Mahmoud Abdelkhalek said some of the key achievements recorded by Africa in 2019 where the establishment and operationalization of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) that seeks to increase trade relations among African countries.
He says Africa was committed to attaining integration through successive protocols such as the free movement of people for sustainable development.
This is according to a statement issued to 5fm news by Zambia Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia First Secretary for Press and Tourism, Inutu Mwanza.
5FM NEWS 23/01/2020