Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 June 2009

The 18th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee Officially Kicks off in Sirte





The 18th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee Officially Kicks off in Sirte



TRIPOLI, Libya, June 26, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The 18th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee Officially Kicks off in Sirte

“We have gathered here today in the historic city of Sirte which saw the birth of the Sirte Declaration that led to the creation of the African Union. This unity makes all of us proud and has continued to manifest itself more and more over the last few years, under the leadership of Brother Leader of the Revolution as well as the Heads of States of the Continent who share the same to enhance this process that was launched here in Sirte”.

The remark was made by Dr. Ali Abdessalam Triki, Secretary in charge of African Affairs, External Communication and International Cooperation of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya who is also the current Chairperson of the Executive Council of the African Union, while addressing as guest of honor, the 18th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), which opened today, Wednesday 24 June 2009, in the city of Sirte, within the framework of the 13th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

The opening session was chaired by Mr. Ali Awidan, Libyan Ambassador to the African Union and Chairperson of the PRC, in the presence notably of Mr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the AU Commission and Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the AUC. Ambassador Ali Awidan pointed out that the meeting is in line with the continuous efforts by Africans to consolidate unity.  He said that, with the establishment of the legislative and legal organs, followed by the transformation in the near future of the AU Commission to the AU Authority, in conformity to the Addis Ababa Declaration, the African Union needs to be consolidated irrespective of its previous great achievements.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Dr. Jean Ping underscored the important role played by the PRC that led to the transformation of the Organisation of African Unity to the African Union. “We are facing another mutation which requires our joint efforts to accelerate the process in the interest of our organization”, he said.

The Chairperson of the Commission stressed in this regard that the Commission “is working very hard to ensure the implementation of the recommendations and outcome of the joint brainstorming meeting of the Commission and the PRC that was held last year”.  He added that, in order for the Commission to respect its commitment to improving its administrative and financial management within a context of transparency and compliance of the rules and regulations of the organization, the AUC has set up reforms that will enable it achieve its targeted objectives. 

Mr. Ping added that, the Commission is conscious of the necessity of dealing with its transformation by order of importance, highlighting that the new 2009-2012 strategic plan of the Commission has taken into account specific actions to that effect.

The Ambassadors will consider the financial, administrative, judicial, socio-economic, and political matters of the African Union as well as discuss issues proposed by Member States. The PRC ends on 26 June 2009.

The complete speech of Mr. Jean Ping is available on the AU Website:


African Union Commission (AUC)


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