President Pohamba to attend AU summit
Windhoek – African leaders are convening in Kampala, Uganda for the Summit of NEPAD Heads of States and Governments Implementation Committee , which intends to review programmes and structures of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) initiative. NEPAD is designed to address the current challenges facing the African continent. Issues such as the escalating poverty levels, underdevelopment and the continued marginalisation of Africa needed a new radical intervention, spearheaded by African leaders, to develop a new Vision that would guarantee Africa’s Renewal. The initiative was launched in Abuja, Nigeria, on October 23, 2001. It was received with considerable enthusiasm in some quarters of the developed world as an African-led initiative that would provide the framework for promoting development in Africa in the new millennium. The NEPAD was essentially a deal by which African leaders would promote good governance and human rights in return for increased flows of trade and investment from the West. The initiative has however come under fire in recent years for apparently failing to reach its primary objectives, with some critics describing it as a mere pipe dream with and not realistic. African leaders will also gather in Kampala as from Sunday, July 25, 2010 for the 15 ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Heads of State, which will be convened under the theme “Maternal, Infant and Child health and Development in Africa. The highest decision-making organ of the African Union is The General Assembly is the highest decision making body of the AU and is made up of all the heads of state or government of member states of the AU. The Assembly is currently chaired by Bingu wa Muthar leader of Malawi, elected at the tenth ordinary meeting of the Assembly in January 2009. The AU also has a representative body, the Pan African Parliament, which consists of 265 members elected by the national parliaments of the AU member states. Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba will leave for Kampala, Uganda on Friday, July 23.