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34th AU Summit strives to leverage and valorise African Arts, Culture and Heritage

This theme of the year will be presented during the upcoming African Union Summit, by the lead Department of Social Affairs at the African Union Commission (AUC)

The thirty fourth (34th) Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) scheduled to take place on 6 and 7 February 2021 will hold under the theme: “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”. This theme of the year will be presented…

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Vision of H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat for the term of office 2021-2024

This vision recapitulates the context of its presentation

The mandate entrusted to me on 17 January 2017 is fast approaching an end and I will present an exhaustive assessment of it to the Assembly at the next Summit of our Union, scheduled for 6 and 7 February 2021. Vision Magazine: https://bit.ly/2NrJT0t What follows is a broad outline of my…

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Participation, education, digital access and climate change are key concerns for children and young people in Africa and Europe, U-Report poll finds

Half of young people feel excluded from political decision-making

Participation in decision-making, quality education, internet access and the climate crisis are among the main concerns for children and young people in Africa and Europe, according to U-Report polling data released today by UNICEF, the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU). Almost half of all young people polled…

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6th Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week opens Virtually to Discuss Infrastructure Development in the New Decade of PIDA Programme

Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week is an annual conference held to accelerate infrastructure implementation on the continent

The 6th PIDA Week opened virtually on Tuesday under the theme “New decade, new realities, new priorities – positioning PIDA and infrastructure development in Africa’s continued growth and economic recovery”. Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week is an annual conference held to accelerate infrastructure implementation on the continent.…

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COVID -19, Institutional Reforms and AUC Elections at the centre of discussion of the 41st Ordinary Session of Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) in prelude to the 34th AU Summit

The PRC Chairperson thanked the current leadership of the AUC for their fortitude, diligence and able stewardship in managing the Commission

The 41st Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) kicked off on 20 January 2021, in the context of the prevailing COVID-19 Pandemic, ahead of the 34th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) scheduled to take place on 6 and 7 February 2021…

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Digitalisation of economic sectors will kick-start a new growth cycle after COVID-19, Africa’s Development Dynamics report shows

The COVID‑19 pandemic is the hardest shock to African economies in 25 years

The response to the COVID-19 crisis builds momentum for Africa’s digital transformation to overcome the pandemic and create more productive jobs, according to the 2021 edition of Africa’s Development Dynamics (AfDD) launched today. The COVID‑19 pandemic is the hardest shock to African economies in 25 years. Gross domestic product (GDP)…

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African Business Council applauds the start of trading on the basis of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

It also highlighted the AfCFTA as an opportunity for the Pan-African Private Sector to build Africa through manufacturing, distribution, transportation, health eco-systems, among others

On 1 January 2021, at the launch of the start of trading on the basis of the AfCFTA, the Pan-African Private Sector, under the umbrella body of the African Business Council (AfBC), issued a press statement in support of this initiative. In it, the AfBC acknowledged that the start of…

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Launch of the First Parametric Tropical Cyclone Risk Insurance Product in Africa

This parametric insurance product will provide countries with predictable and rapid financing for early response to cope with emergency situations

The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group is proposing a new insurance mechanism to African countries in the South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) region to cope with the devastating effects of the tropical cyclones. This parametric insurance product will provide countries with predictable and rapid financing for early response to cope…

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Economic, Social & Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) convenes its 2nd Ordinary Session of the 3rd Permanent General Assembly

This year’s GA is being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC) yesterday convened its Second Ordinary Session of the third Permanent General Assembly (GA). The GA is the highest decision-making body within ECOSOCC and is required to meet in Ordinary Session once every two years and may meet in Extra-Ordinary Sessions under…

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The African Union Commission organizes the 9th Industry Stakeholders Strategic Retreat

The objective of the strategic stakeholder retreat was to provide a platform for different stakeholders

Zoom Virtual Platform, 16th – 17th December 2020. The Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commissions (AUC) organized Virtually the 9th Industry Strategic Stakeholders Retreat to formulate, implement and harmonize industrial development policies on the continent. The objective of the strategic stakeholder retreat was to provide a…