Museveni in Malabo for AU Summit


advice geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The President, who was accompanied by First Lady Janet Museveni, arrived in the West African country on Wednesday.

Hosted by the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the Summit is being held under the theme “Agriculture and Food Security”, the main topic for the year 2014.

However, other important issues such as the war in South Sudan, Libya and Somalia will also be high on agenda, according to impeccable diplomatic sources.

The president’s Special Communications Assistant, Sarah Kagingo, says during the Summit, Uganda will chair the Peace and Security Council (PSC) this month.

“President Museveni will today chair the open session of the PSC at the level of Heads of State and Government to commemorate its 10th Anniversary,” said Kagingo in a brief message.

During this Summit, the war in South Sudan where rebels have boycotted peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will take centre stage.

Uganda maintains elite combat units in South Sudan to maintain a buffer zone between government forces and the rebels.

IGAD recently directed that President Salva Kiir and his rival Dr Riek Machar should form a transitional government by mid-August which is no likely to happen, given the mistrust among the rival parties.

AU leaders are likely to pile pressure on Kiir and Machar to expedite the formation of an inclusive and transitional government as one way of ending the six-month conflict that has left thousands dead and many more displaced.

In keeping with tradition, the newly elected Presidents of Malawi, Peter Mutharika; José Mário Vaz of Guinea Bissau and Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt will be welcomed by the Assembly and will address the opening session on 26 June 2014.

Special guests of the summit are UN Secretary General, H.E. Ban Ki-moon and Spain’s Prime Minister, H.E. Mariano Rajoy Brey, along with other invited guests.

Representatives of AU member states, AU organs, observers, partners and the media have been arriving in Malabo ahead of heads of delegations and the AU Heads of State and Government.

In line with the theme of the year, a summit side event on African Agribusiness Forum is scheduled for Sunday 22 June.

It will build on a series of consultations bringing out critical agribusiness issues aimed at translating political commitments into concrete action, and to accelerate agricultural transformation as an engine for inclusive growth and private sector investment in agriculture.

Meanwhile a pre-summit consultative meeting on the theme “Women at the Center of Africa’s Growth in Agriculture, Food Security and Agribusiness”, which is part of the AUC Chairperson’s initiative to enhance women’s involvement in agriculture and agribusiness, kicked off last Thursday, with over 60 participants representing women networks and organizations from Senegal, Mali, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Togo, Kenya, Liberia and Zimbabwe.

AU’s Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, Mme Bineta Diop and Mr. Leo Heileman, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Coordinator delivered opening statements at the consultative meeting, which was officially opened by Equatorial Guinea’s Presidential Adviser for Gender Equality in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Gender Equality, Ms. Antonina Miko Mikue. Recommendations of the two-day conference will be submitted to the AU Summit.


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