Deputy PM Heads to Lusaka for AU Executive Council Meeting

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen arrived in Zambia’s capital on Wednesday afternoon to attend the Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council.

Lusaka will host the 41st African Union Executive Council Ordinary session for two days, beginning Thursday.

The meeting will consider reports on several regional issues including the conference of state parties of the African Medicines Agency (AMA) on the hosting of the AMA headquarters.

It will also deliberate reports on the operationalization of the Africa CDC and the financial sustainability of the Africa Epidemics Fund, and the appropriate level of funds to be used under the crisis reserve facility of the AU Peace Fund.

However, its “main focus will basically be the issue of budget for African Union,” said Albert Muchang, the African Union’s (AU), commissioner for Economic, trade, and industry,

”The executive council will look into the African Union budget for 2023 and approve it,” he added.

The foreign ministers of the AU member states will also elect and appoint officials for several African Union agencies and offices, including members of the AU Board of External Auditors.

The other appointments include two judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights; a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights; and two members of the AU Advisory Board Against Corruption.

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