ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) -- The
African Union (AU) on Tuesday held a handover ceremony between the outgoing and
incoming commission at the headquarters of the 55-member pan-African bloc in
Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
The AU heads
of states in January 2017 elected new officials including chairperson and deputy
chairperson of the AU Commission as well as commissioners who will be serving a
four-year term at office.
At the 28th
AU summit on the 30th of January this year here in Addis Ababa,
African leaders elected Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad, as Chairperson of the AU
Commission, and Ghanaian Thomas Kwesi Quartey, as Deputy Chairperson of the
from Algeria was elected Commissioner for Peace and Security, Minata Cessouma
Samate of Burkina Faso, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Amani Abou-Zeid of
Egypt, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Amira Elfadil Mohammed
Elfadil of Sudan, Commissioner for Social Affairs, Albert M. Muchanga from
Zambia, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, and Correa Leonel Josefa Sacko of
Angola, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.
during the handover ceremony, the outgoing chairperson of the AU Commission,
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa, has commended all parties who have
contributed support to and cooperation with the outgoing commission.
indeed been a humbling privilege to serve the people of the continent in the
capacity as Chairperson of the AU Commission,” said Dlamini-Zuma.
“We thank the
AU Partners Group and our international partners and governments, who worked
with us towards building a better world for all. I am also very encouraged with
the cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations over these last
four and a half years. To this effect, we have agreed to work together on a
single monitoring and reporting mechanism on Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable
Development Goals,” she said.
he has assumed the position at a time when Africa is facing multifaceted
challenges, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the incoming Chairperson of the AU Commission,
has expressed his commitment and determination to serve at best to meet
expectations of African peoples.
that the continent is facing many and multifaceted challenges, including among
others, scourge of conflict, growing threat of radicalism, persistent poverty,
underdevelopment, and environmental deterioration.
chairperson has stated that his priorities focus on areas, including among
others, the reform at the AU Commission, peace and security, issues of women and
youth, Africa’s economic integration, and strengthening and enhancing the place
of Africa in the international scene.
his commitment to speed up the transformation of Africa, the new chairperson has
called for commitment and support from AU member states in the implementation of
programs and plans of the identified priority areas.
“I would like
to mention very briefly the priorities that I want to deal with, with the
assistance of everybody, to reform the structure of our common house, simplifies
procedures, improves its effectiveness and efficiency in order to make the
commission a tool that is capable of furthering and translating into deeds the
vision of our leaders and aspirations of peoples; to silence the guns and also
to have an Africa which has rid itself off conflicts by 2020 remains the medium
term objective and my vision will be focused include to that; and to raise the
women and youth, to give them the rightful place for the promotion of peace,
development and African renaissance,” he said.
He said he
would work to strengthen partnership with UN and other international partners.