Monday, June 23, 2014

Equatorial Guinea Hosts African Union Summit

AU Chair Asks for Support to Improve Agricultural Production and Food Security

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, African Union Commission Chair, inaugurated the 23rd African Union Summit (AUS) with the opening of the 28th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives' Committee (COREP) held in the Conference Center of Sipopo, located in Malabo Equatorial Guinea.

She urged all the delegates to support the initiatives aimed at improving agricultural production and food security, the two main themes of this meeting.

“We must consider specific actions among all countries and regions of the continent, to stimulate the agricultural business chains of value, identifying these with specific measures” Zuma said. “This requires the renewal of efforts in irrigation; seed development; access by women to land, markets and farms; infrastructures and improved trade within and outside the continent.” 

The Chairperson also recalled the importance of improving the investment by African countries in education, skills, science and technology, in order to achieve development and build modern infrastructures, and pointed out that governments that have advanced the most are those that invest heavily in these areas.

The 25th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council began today and will culminate tomorrow. The Heads of State of the AU will convene at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, which will take place on June 26-27.