File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Reuters
Egypt's top diplomat headed to Addis Ababa from Dubai, where he attended the World Government Summit (WGS) 2023, which was also attended by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and many leaders, experts, decision makers, and private sector leaders from 13 to 15 February.
The 42nd Ordinary Session of the AU Executive Council is held at the level of the AU foreign ministers and comes ahead of the 36th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly due to be held on 18-19 February at the level of heads of state and government.
The AU summit will be held this year under the theme ‘The Year of AfCFTA: Acceleration of the African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation.’
On the sidelines of his visit, Shoukry is set to meet with a number of African foreign ministers to discuss aspects of cooperation and means of bolstering bilateral relations, as well as to exchange viewpoints on issues of common interest for the continent, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement today.
Shoukry is also scheduled to meet with officials from outside Africa on the fringes of the AU summit.
The AU Executive Council will discuss a number of key topics and issues of priority in Africa, most notably the annual report on the activities of the Union and its organs, and acceleration of the AfCFTA's implementation.
The session will also discuss the social and humanitarian situation of the continent and reports compiled by the ministerial committees affiliated with the AU's Executive Council.
The Executive Council session will consider the draft agenda, draft decisions and declarations with appropriate recommendations for consideration during the upcoming summit, the AU has said on its website.
The session will see the election of two judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and six members of the African Union Advisory Board Against Corruption, according to the AU.
In addition, three judges will be nominated at the session to the AU Administrative Tribunal and a member will be appointed at the AU Board of External Auditors.