Thursday, June 20, 2024

AU Summit to discuss solutions towards COVID-19 pandemic


Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji this morning represented President Edgar Lungu at the 34th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union which was held via videoconferencing due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The two-day Assembly is expected to among other things address various issues affecting the African continent as well as witness the change of leadership of the AU Assembly Chairperson from South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa to President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who takes the mantle for the year 2021.

The Summit will further discuss progress made on Africa’s response towards the COVID-19 pandemic as well as receive a Progress Report on the ongoing Institutional Reforms of the African Union.

Outgoing AU Chairperson President Cyril Ramaphosa noted that the AU is committed to developing African solutions to African problems.

President Ramaphosa said the Continent’s response to COVID-19 has been driven, coordinated and capacitated by African scientists and medical experts mainly located within the Africa Centres for Disease Control Prevention.

He stated that there is no time to waste if the African continent is to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic adding that there is need to intensify partnerships and greater cooperation.

President Ramaphosa said more efforts by the AU is required in the next frontier of the pandemic to acquire vaccines for the people around the continent.

And in- coming AU Chairperson Felix Tshisekedi urged the AU member states to continue putting efforts together in fighting the pandemic by consolidating the initiatives of the Union.

President Tshisekedi noted that the AU states must also put efforts together to address issues of peace and security, promote culture and African heritage as well as address issues of climate change.


  1. U can connect any number of flat tyres but thry cannot give u the performance of two inflated ones. Covid-19 has saved us money that could hv been spent on expensive summits VIP flights and state banquets.

  2. The outgoing AU Chairman Cyril Ramaphosa was very disappointing. He did nothing on the violent and now disputed Ugandan Elections. More than 50 people were killed by the Ugandan Army. Ramaphosa as Chairman of AU did and said nothing. We hope Tshisekedi the New Chairman of AU and Chakwera as New Chairman of SADC will be visible as Zambia approaches its August 12, 2021 Elections. SADC and AU should insist on Constitutional Democracy and respect for Human rights in Zambia during the crucial Elections . We don’t want a violent and disputed Election in August 2021. SADC and AU should ensure that the Zambian Elections on August 12, 2021 are free,fair,credible and peaceful. That’s our hope!

  3. The solutions are there where you are not the AU. It is not about beating people up and then you go to Shinde Stadium and gather vulnerable people without masks to dance to your rubbish music .

  4. They claimed Africa would be badly affected by covid yet here we are. Africa is uniting and becoming stronger. This is annoying the former imperial powers and their minions the upnd diasporans

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