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18th AU Summit

Sunday، 19 May 2013 - 12:00 AM

Introduction

The 18th AU summit was held in the new AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, on 29-30 January 2012, under the theme "Boosting Intra African Trade" with the participation of 38 AU heads of states and governments. For the 1st time Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki and South Sudan President Silva Kiir participated in the summit.

Participating countries

54 countries participated in the Summit

Egyptian participation

Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr led Egypt's delegation to the AU summit. He was accompanied by Trade and Industry Minister Mahmoud Issa, Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Ambassador Mona Omar, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Ambassador Sherif Naguib and Egypt's ambassador to Ethiopia Mohamed Fathi Idris.

Amr also led the Egyptian delegation to two African summits on the sidelines of the AU summit; the NEPAD Summit and The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Summit which discusses cooperation among African countries in the areas of development and good governance.

During the 18th AU Summit, Amr held talks with several senior African officials on means of boosting bilateral relations.

Meanwhile, The African Ministerial Council elected Egypt for a two-year membership of the AU Peace and Security Council. Egypt won the North African region seat by an overwhelming majority, after getting 47 votes out of the AU Ministerial Council 48 votes by unopposed consensus of the North Region countries.

Resolution and Declarations

The Assembly,

•        Urges member states to promote innovative financing mechanisms reflecting a real commitment by Africa to speed up infrastructure development on the continent.

•        Urges member states to increase public financing of infrastructure and promote public-private partnerships to speed up infrastructure development.

•        Urges member states to promote harmonization of regulations and standards to ensure interconnection, efficient operations and security of networks, and market development.

•        Urges member states to develop regional and continental Telecommunication/ICT broad band networks and ensure access to submarine cable resources for all Member States, in order to achieve an African Information Society and an integrated digital economy.

•        Urges member states to enhance production of, and inter-State trade in, energy by implementing major integrative hydroelectric power projects and high capacity oil refineries as well as gas and oil pipelines.

•        Urges member states to develop new and renewable energy resources in order to provide clean, reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly energy as well as nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in order to sustainably meet Africa’s long-term energy needs.

•        Decides that the 19th Ordinary Session will be in Lilongwe, Malawi in June/July 2012.

•        Accepts the offer of the Republic of Chad to host the 25th Ordinary Session in N’djamena, Chad; and requests the Commission to set the exact dates.

Previous summits

•        The 17th African Union Summit was held 23 June - 1 July 2011 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The summit's theme was "Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development".

•        The 16th African Union Summit was held 30 January - 31 January 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The summit's theme was "Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values".

•        The 15th African Union Summit was held 19 July - 27 July 2010 in Kampala, Uganda. The summit's theme was "Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa".

•        The 14th African Union Summit was held 25 January - 2 February 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The summit's theme was "Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development".

•        The 13th African Union Summit was held 1 July - 3 July 2009 in Sirte, Libya. The summit's theme was "Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security".

•        The 12th African Union Summit was held 26 January - 3 February 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The summit's theme was "Infrastructure Development in Africa".

•        The 11th African Union Summit was held 30 June – 1 July 2008 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The summit's theme was "Meeting the Millennium Development Goals on Water and Sanitation".

•        The 10th African Union Summit was held 25 January - 2 February 2008 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The summit's theme was "Industrial Development of Africa".

•         The 9th African Union Summit was held 25 June – 6 July 2007 in Accra, Ghana. The summit's theme was "Grand Debate on the Union Government ".

•        The 8th African Union Summit was held 22 January – 30 January 2007 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The summit's themes were “Science, Technology and Scientific Research for Development “and” Climate change in Africa".

•        The 7th African Union Summit was held 25 June -2 July 2006 in Banjul, Gambia.  The summit's theme was "Regional Integration".

•        The 6th African Union Summit was held 16 January - 24 January 2006 in Khartoum, Sudan.

•        The 5th African Union Summit was held 28 June - 5 July 2005 in Sirte, Libya.

•        The 4th African union Summit was held 24 January - 31 January 2005 in Abuja, Nigeria.

•        The 3rd African Union Summit was held 6 July - 8 July 2004 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

•        The 2nd African Union Summit was held 10 July – 12 July 2003 in Maputo, Mozambique.

•        The 1st African Union Summit was held 9 July – 10 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa. After that the African Union was established to replace the Organization of African Unity.


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