AU’s Permanent Representatives’ Committee Session kicks off today

ADDIS ABABA – The Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) of African Union has today started its virtual meeting ahead of the AU leaders summit in Addis Ababa.

The 35th Ordinary Session of the AU Heads of State and Government Meeting is scheduled to take place on 5-6 February 2022.

The summit will be held under the theme “Building Resilience in Nutrition on the African Continent: Accelerate the Human Capital, Social and Economic Development”.

During their two-day long meeting, the ambassadors are expected to consider the draft agendas for the AU Assembly, according to the Pan African bloc.

Jean N. Ilunga, Chair of the PRC as well as Ambassador of the DR Congo to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU, noted that the work of the Union has been seriously impacted by COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences.

The PRC Chair then requested to observe a minute of silence in the memory of lost friends and colleagues.

According to the AU, some AU Member State embassies lost diplomates and collaborators while the AU Commission lost staff members.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson AUC, said that “the covid-19 pandemic, beyond its disastrous health and socio-economic effects, has above all shed light on the structural weaknesses of health systems in Africa”.

He reiterated the need for the AU Member States together with the Africa CDC, to reinforce the health sector during his opening speech of the PRC session.

The ongoing PRC meeting is now looking into various Progress Reports including on the COVID-19 Pandemic and its socio-economic Impact on African Economies.

The ambassadors will also consider the draft agenda and draft decisions of the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and agenda of the 35th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly.

The Council and the assembly are scheduled to take place 2 – 3 and 5 – 6 February 2022 respectively.