PM Welcomes Participants as AU Resumes in-Person Summit in Addis

ADDIS ABABA- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issued a welcoming message as officials of the African Union member states convene physically in Addis Ababa for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020.

The Summit, which started with a two-day long session of foreign Ministers of AU executive council on Wednesday, will continue until the weekend, during which the Assembly of Heads states scheduled to takes place.

“After two year interruption of the Summit due to COVID-19, Ethiopia welcomes the resumption of the AU Summit in its capital city Addis Ababa which has been gearing up to warmly receive our fellow brothers and sisters,” said the PM in a welcoming message on Wednesday.

Leaders of more than 25 African countries are expected to arrive at Addis Ababa to attend the General Assembly of Heads of States and Governments in person.

The summit is taking place under the year 2020 theme, “Building Resilience in Nutrition on the African Continent: Accelerate the Human Capital, Social and Economic Development’

The year 2022 also marks the 20th anniversary, since the African Union was officially launched in 2002, as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).