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12 Heads of State expected to attend AU meeting-Kakubo

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has disclosed that the 4th African Union (AU) Mid-year Coordination Meeting is expected to be attended by twelve Heads of State and governments on 17th July 2022.

In a statement made available to the media in Lusaka yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo indicated that the Mid- year Summit is convened for only Heads of States and governments of the five members of the Bureau and Heads of State and government of eight members of the regional Economic Communities.

Mr. Kakubo stated that the Bureau of the Assembly of the AU is represented by five regions of the continent namely, the East, West, North, South and Central.

He said that for this particular meeting however, four out of the five forming the Bureau, the Eastern region will not be represented due to continued internal consultations being undertaken on leadership.

Mr. Kakubo pointed out that the eight Regional Economic Communities include the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD); East African Community (EAC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

‘’In this regard Zambia is expected to host the twelve (12) Heads of State and Government. Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia will participate in the meeting as the host,’’ he said.

Mr. Kakubo stated that the Summit will focus on issues of alignment and coordination, between the AU and Regional Economic Communities (REC), in the implementation of the continental integration agenda.

He said that the Summit will be preceded by the 41st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the AU which starts tomorrow on 14th July to Friday 15th July, 2022.

‘’The Executive Council is expected to be attended by 51 of the 55 Member States of the AU. The Executive Council will deliberate on the Budget of the AU Commission for the year 2023, among other issues,’’ said Mr. Kakubo.

14 COMMENTS

    • I agree. During the founding fathers’ time it was always 50 plus. African unity was a hot subject. Nowadays presidents are too busy focusing on get rich quick schemes to bother about united African states

    • The 4th Mid-Year Coordination Meeting in Lusaka is a meeting between the bureau of the AU Assembly and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), with the participation of the Chairpersons of RECs, the AU Commission and Regional Mechanisms (RMs). The meeting’s full attendance sheet comprise 13 Heads of State and Government, comprising 5 Heads of State that form the Bureau of the Assembly of the AU, and 8 Heads of State that chair the 8 regional economic communities recognized by the African Union. Its that simple please!

  1. Seems those African states not attending are sending a sign to our country that we have a puppet of the West in state house and not a Pan African

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  2. If you fully understand how these meetings work, these coordination meetings are generally not attended by heads of state. The ones in the HQ Addis Ababa is the one that is well attended. Nothing surprising here.

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    • I think its being reported wrongly then. It’s not a summit. We have previously hosted summits in UNIP and MMD eras. Thats where all 53 members turn up

    • Well explained!!! It seems most of our citizens have English reading skills only and not comprehension. it needs to be plainly explained to them that the 4th Mid-Year Coordination Meeting in Lusaka is a meeting between the bureau of the AU Assembly and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), with the participation of the Chairpersons of RECs, the AU Commission and Regional Mechanisms (RMs). The meeting’s full attendance sheet comprise 13 Heads of State and Government, comprising 5 Heads of State that form the Bureau of the Assembly of the AU, and 8 Heads of State that chair the 8 regional economic communities recognized by the African Union. Its that simple please!

  3. Why are you misleading this: ”Stanley Kakubo indicated that the Mid- year Summit is convened for only Heads of States and governments of the five members of the Bureau and Heads of State and government of eight members of the regional Economic Communities”. Its note everyone for Heavens sake.

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  4. Why even travel to Zambia? The world has moved to virtue meetings now. Virtue meeting are cost effective and you could have avoided haphazard managing of mobile money vendors. I will be surprised if more that 7 presidents attend. Other presidents are busy fixing their economy while our is busy taking selfies and fixing his own people.

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    • The 4th Mid-Year Coordination Meeting in Lusaka is a meeting between the bureau of the AU Assembly and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), with the participation of the Chairpersons of RECs, the AU Commission and Regional Mechanisms (RMs). The meeting’s full attendance sheet comprise 13 Heads of State and Government, comprising 5 Heads of State that form the Bureau of the Assembly of the AU, and 8 Heads of State that chair the 8 regional economic communities recognized by the African Union. Its that simple please!

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