Senegal’s Presidentnew AU chairperson
By James Atem Kuir
President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal has been elected as the new chairperson of the African Union (AU) for 2022 as the Assembly of the heads of states and government began on Saturday in Ethiopia’sAddis Ababa.
President Sall took over the rotating leadership of the AU’s highest decision-making organ, the Assembly of the African Union, made up of all the heads of states or government of member states, from President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who had completed his term for 2021.
The heads of states and government of the 55 member countries of the AUbloc kicked off the two-day summit amid a myriad of challenges ranging from Covid-19, the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction a mega-dam across the Nile by the latter, and the military takeovers witnessed in a number of countries recently in West Africa.
The first to be held in-person summit since 2021 due to Covid-19, launched the AU’s Theme of the Year 2022, Year of Nutrition: “Strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security on the African continent: Strengthening agro-food systems, health, and social protection systems for the acceleration of human, social and economic capital development.”
In his acceptance speech, PresidentSall appreciated the honor coupled with the responsibility and the trust invested in his person, and the members of the new Bureau, to lead the destiny of the Organization for the next year.
“I thank you and assure you of our commitment to work together with all member countries in the exercise of our mandate,” he said.
“I pay tribute to the founding fathers of the Organization. Six decades later, their luminous vision continues to inspire our living together and to illuminate our united march towards the ideal of African integration,” he added.
The African Union spearhead Africa’s development and integration in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens.
The Assembly of the heads of state and government is the African Union’s supreme policy and decision making organ. It comprises heads of States and government of the continent’s member states. It determines the AU’s policies, establishes its priorities, adopts its annual programmes and monitors the implementation of its policies and decisions.