Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2010

Press briefing remarks by His Excellency Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi and Chairperson of the African Union at the press conference convened at the end of the 15th assembly of the heads of state and government of the African Union / Kampala, Uganda

 

 


 

 

Press briefing remarks by His Excellency Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi and Chairperson of the African Union at the press conference convened at the end of the 15th assembly of the heads of state and government of the African Union / Kampala, Uganda

 

 

KAMPALA, Uganda, July 28, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press briefing remarks by His Excellency Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi and Chairperson of the African Union at the press conference convened at the end of the 15th assembly of the heads of state and government of the African Union / Kampala, Uganda

 

Your Excellency, Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda;

 

Your excellency Dr. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission;

 

Distinguished invited guests;

    

Ladies and gentlemen.

 

 

First and foremost, I wish to begin by expressing once again, our heartfelt gratitude to the Government and People of The Republic of Uganda, for hosting us and putting in place, excellent facilities, which have gone a long way to contribute towards the successful conclusion of our meeting.

 

Your Excellencies and Dear Colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen;

 

Having reached this far, the challenge which now remains with us is implementation of the Decisions and Declarations we have made. I wish to repeat what I said before. That time for passing of Decisions and Declarations is long gone and its now time for action and more action so that our people are able to see tangible benefits for being member states of The African Union.

 

 

THEME OF THE SUMMIT

 

The 15th Summit of the African Union had its main theme focusing on challenges facing the majority of African women and children. I believe most of you here were present during the debate since it was an open session. This is a new way of doing things in The African Union. We believe that there is no need to discuss issues concerning ordinary people behind closed doors.

 

The debate on the theme focused on the challenges faced in reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality in Africa, with particular focus, among others, on delivery of quality, comprehensive integrated health care services in order to assure and promote safe motherhood, child survival, women, newborn and child health.

 

Following the Debate, The Assembly has adopted key Actions through a Declaration on ‘Actions for Accelerated Achievement of Maternal, New Born and Child Health and Development in Africa.’

 

 

 

LAUNCH OF THE AFRICAN FOOD BASKET

 

During this 15th Summit, I launched the African Food Basket Strategy document. This outlines measures to achieve sustainable food security, economic growth and development in African countries. It is my belief that agricultural development holds for many African countries, the key to alleviate and reduce poverty. The concept though a Malawian Initiative is aimed at benefiting all countries in Africa and beyond.

 

PEACE AND SECURITY

 

The African Union always places peace and security as one its priorities. During the Session, we have noted with satisfaction, that peace and security continues to prevail in most parts of the continent. The Summit also took note of the efforts to consolidate democracy in most African countries through the holding of free and fair elections. As Chairperson of The Union, I wish to encourage all countries to continue along that path.

 

While expressing satisfaction with the general peace and security prevailing in most parts of Africa, the Session has noted with concern over lack of progress in finding solutions to the political problems in Madagascar and appeal to all stakeholders to the dispute to cooperate with mediation efforts being undertaken by The African Union in Collaboration with SADC.

 

Our meeting also reviewed the situation of Somalia where the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) continues to fight against The Al Shabab militants. We have reaffirmed our support for the TFG and also appealed to The Transitional Federal Institutions to work purposefully towards national reconciliation and unity among Somali’s in line with the Djibouti Agreement of 2008.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

 

Summit received a report of the Coordinator of the Committee of Heads of State and Government, H.E. Meles Zenawi. African countries, through the Committee, is promoting the African Common Position on Climate Change and advancing it through a United Africa Voice as we prepare for Conferences of States Parties 16 and 17, to be held in Mexico and South Africa in 2010 and 2011 respectively. African Governments are seeking predictable and reliable financing to fight development challenges posed by climate change.

 

NEPAD

 

Summit received a report on NEPAD following the integration of NEPAD into AU structures. Following the integration, The AU/NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency will have new roles and mandates, some of which are the facilitation, coordination and implementation of Africa’s priority programmes and mobilization of resources for such projects.

 

CONCLUSION

 

All in all, I believe that the outcome of the 15th Ordinary Session of The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of The African Union is satisfactory and I call upon all stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of Decisions taken.

 

Thank You.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


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