Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 October 2010

Kigali to Host Sixth Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade





Kigali to Host Sixth Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Trade



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 27, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Invitation to representatives of the media.

African Ministers of Trade will from 29 October to 2nd November 2010, converge in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda , within the framework of the sixth session of the African Union (AU) conference of Ministers of Trade.


The meetings of the Senior Officials which will take place from November 1st-2nd,   2010  in Kigali  will be preceded the African Ministers of Trade.


WHEN:                      – Senior Official meeting:              29th to 31ST October, 2010

The Ministerial Conference:       1st to 2nd November 2010



WHERE:                            Kigali, Rwanda


WHO:                                 The AU Ministers of Trade Conference will be attended by approximately 350 senior level delegates, including:


Ministers of Trade of African Union

High Level Representative of the Government of Rwanda from the Presidency, the Premature, Ministries, Local Governments, Parliament, the Supreme Court, and Para- state Organizations.

In –and out-country senior Representative from Multi –Lateral and Bi-Lateral Agencies.




The AU Ministers of Trade Conference is a high-level decision making conference for dialogue between African Ministers of Trade, Multilateral and bilateral institutions the governments of Rwanda on how to enhance Intra-Africa trade and with the outside African Countries.


The main items of the African Union Ministers of Trade Conference are as follows:


Inter- African trade: The objective of this item is to undertake an in-depth assessment of the current state of Intra-African trade and make recommendations for its acceleration.


-Towards  an African Common Market for Agricultural Products : The objective of this item is to evolve ways of creating a common market for African agricultural products, for easy access for African countries and for purpose of agricultural self reliance and food security.


Review of Trade Partnership: A global review of a;; Africa’s  partnerships will be undertaken especially Africa-china Trade and AGOA.


Review of Multilateral Trade negotiations: The meeting will review the state of play in the WTO Doha round negotiations and state of play in the EPA Negotiations.


Africa’s assessment on Aid for Trade Mobilizations : In accordance with Executive Councils Decision EX.CL/Dec.346 (XI), the RECs will make presentations on how they have been able to benefit from the Aid for Trade Initiative, point out the challenges faced in the implementations of the initiative and raise that can be brought to the attention of the policymakers.


UNCTAD Report on LDCs: Under this item, the meeting will discuss UNCTAD’s report on LCDs which provides a comprehensive and authorities’ source of socio-economic analysis and data on the world’s most impoverished countries. 




More information on African Union Web Site:



African Union Commission (AUC)


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