Geingob to lead high powered delegation to AU Assembly


Lahja Nashuuta

Windhoek- President Hage Geingob will lead a high level Namibian delegation to the 29th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he is expected to attend the meeting of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah told Parliament on Tuesday that Geingob will take attend the 36th Session of the NEPAD Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative Committee that will be held on the margins of the AU Assembly from 27 June to 4 July 2017.

“Namibia has presented infrastructure development project proposal to the committee which is being considered,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said in a ministerial statement.

President Geingob presented the country’s proposal for infrastructure development during the 28th Ordinary Summit of the African Union held earlier in January in Addis Ababa.

Geingob will further attend the third board meeting of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiatives (AREI) that will discuss the governance and rules of procedure of the continental energy initiative.

Nandi-Ndaitwah noted that the AREI board meeting will deliberate strategies that will enable the installation of large-scale renewable energy capacity in Africa by 2020, “which would have a considerable impact on the reduction of greenhouse gases emissions in the continent”.

AREI seeks to achieve at least 10 gigawatts of new energy capacity by 2020 and an additional renewable energy generation of at least 300 gigawatts by 2030. President Geingob is the board member of AREI.

The AU Assembly is held under the theme “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in the youth”.

The theme, Minister Nandi-Ndaitwah said, stems from the realisation that the future of the continent rests on the skills, knowledge, talents and commitment of tits young people.

“African Union Commission has therefore developed an action plan for activities to be geared towards empowering the youth on the continent to play a significant role in our societies, in line with the continent’s development plan – Agenda 2063,” she said.

The AU assembly will also deliberate on the process of institutional reform of Africa Union, which is meant to refocus the union’s priority areas in line with Agenda 2063 and make the AU Commission more effective and efficient.

It will further consider the 2018 AU budget which is expected to be 3.5 percent higher than the 2017. Nandi-Ndaitwah revealed that the increase in the budget is partially due to increase in peace and security budget that is geared towards Agenda 2063 flagship project called ‘Silencing the guns by 2020’.

The assembly will consider the political and security situations in Burundi,  Central   African Republic , South  Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Somalia and Libya.  The meeting  is also  expect  to review  the situation  in Western  Sahara  following  the  admission  of Morocco  into the AU.


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