Event in Ethiopia

  • Toothless Pan-African Parliament could have meaningful powers

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/13 The Pan-African Parliament was established by the African Union in 2004. Since again it has not passed a single law. That’s because it’s based on a Protocol that gives it only an advisory role. The parliament can gather data and discuss it, but can’t make binding regulations to change anything. Its limited “consultative and advisory powers” hamper the African Union’s ability to achieve a prosperous and peaceful Africa as envisioned in its Schedule 2063. Is there any point, again, in having this parliament? The 2001 Protocol envisaged that a conference would be organised to “review the operation and effectiveness” of the protocol five years next the establishment of the Parliament, which was 2009. This provision gave rise to the view that such a conference would explore the possibility of granting the Parliament meaningful legislative powers. But no such review has been carried out so far.
  • Africa: Graca Challenges Women, Girls to Grab Emerging Opportunities

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/13 Women and children's rights advocate Graca Machel yesterday urged women and youth in Tanzania to be proactive at the same time as it comes to seeking development opportunities. Ms Machel, the founder of the Graca Machel Trust, said this during the closing of an eight-day conference in the city which was aimed at empowering communities to tackle development challenges.
  • President Mugabe donates $1m to AU Foundation

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/07/29 President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Monday delivered a one million U.S. dollars check to the African Union (AU) Foundation, a “humble gesture” to help push the regional block toward financial independence. Mugabe made the donation during the opening of the 29th AU summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. He was fulfilling a pledge made during his tenure as rotating AU chairman, at the 25th AU summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • South Africa plays an active role in the AU

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/17 Absence of Zuma and Ramaphosa raises eyebrows, quoted Liesl Louw-Vaudran, a consultant at the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), who said South Africa was “ceding power to other players on the continent, such as Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and the current AU chairperson President Alpha Condé of Guinea”.
  • Major Leap for Africa At G20 Summit

    GERMANY, 2017/07/12 The G20 Leaders' Summit, which concluded in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday, has recorded positive outcomes for world development, with significant benefits for the African continent. The office of South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday said critical developmental issues were tabled at the summit, which brought together leaders from the world's major economies, inclunding the European Union.
  • Commemoration of Africa Human Rights Day

    BOTSWANA, 2016/10/22 oday, the African People commemorate the Africa Human Rights Day across the continent under the theme “Women Rights – Our Collective Responsibility”. On this occasion, H.E. Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs issued a statement on behalf of H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission describing this year’s theme as timely and appropriate. Timely in the sense that it coincides with the Declaration of the African Union’s Heads of National and Government of “2016 as the African Year of Human Rights with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women”. It is, therefore, a clarion call on Africa to do additional to promote women’s rights, particularly the rights to development. It is in this context that the African Union Commission has concluded that the AHRD theme for this year is a reflection of a ray of hope that through empowerment of women in Africa, sustainable peace and development will be ushered in.
  • African Leaders, Top American CEOs Explore Opportunities At Business Summit

    ETHIOPIA, 2016/02/09 The US-Africa Business Summit is underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday as African Heads of National and American business leaders meet with the objective of boosting trade and investment between the region and the US. Underlining that the current volume of trade and investment between the two sides was not enough, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn highlighted the need to increase economic interaction particularly in productive sectors. "Today Africa is rising. Africa's next is very bright. I believe the summit will help you to discover the potential for investment and doing business in Africa," the Premier told US business representatives at the opening of the summit.
  • Obama Chides African Leaders Who Cling to Power

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/29 Barack Obama has chided African leaders who refuse to give up power in his initial speech at the African Union headquarters by a US president. The scolding came in the course of his address on Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to the 54-member continental bloc. "Africa's democratic evolution is as well at risk at the same time as leaders refuse to step aside at the same time as their terms end," Obama said. "No one should be president for life."
  • U.S., Kenya Leaders Co-Host Nairobi Entrepreneur Summit

    UNITED STATES, 2015/07/25 Barack Obama is co-hosting a summit on world entrepreneurship with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, on the initial working day of the US leader's trip to East Africa. The two presidents spoke back-to-back at the opening of Saturday's conference, aimed at promoting businesses that promise to lift a lot of additional Africans out of poverty and help insulate societies against radicalisation. Obama landed in the Kenyan capital on Friday. Throngs of Kenyans lined the route of his convoy, cheering, whistling and waving as the motorcade passed by and a helicopter circled overhead.
  • President Kagame delivering opening remarks at the African Union-Economic Commission for Africa Conference of Ministers

    ETHIOPIA, 2015/04/01 External support should not be the determiner of Africa's development priorities, Rwandan President Paul Kagame told a gathering of finance and planning ministers and governors of central banks. "We should initial decide what we want to do and again apply the money to it, as oppose to doing what the money may dictate", Kagame said. He was speaking at the opening session of the Conference of Ministers during this year's annual conference of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. "At the same time as we are able to build something that works for ourselves and by ourselves, again we are in a better position to forge additional meaningful partnerships" he went on, telling delegates that the continent can achieve its aim of a unified Africa "only if we collaborate our efforts towards regional integration".