TITLE

The Union takes shape

AUTHOR(S)
Commey, Pusch
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
New African;Jun2003, Issue 419, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the Second Summit of the African Union (AU), to be held in Maputo, Mozambique, from July 4 to 14, 2003. The AU was launched in Durban, South Africa, in July 2002. Implementation will be the theme at the summit. The final objective is for Africans to take charge of their destiny and become masters of their household. Since launch of the AU in 2002, progress made is the adoption of the four key organs of the AU: The Assembly of heads of states, the Executive Council of foreign ministers, the Permanent Representative Committee of ambassadors accredited to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Commission. Issues arising from the Durban Summit in 2002, which called for an amendment of the Constitutive Act — the foundation document of the AU — have been tackled in an Extraordinary Session in Ethiopia in early February 2003. The key issue was the proposal by the Libyan leader, Muammar Gadaffi, to amend the Constitutive Act so that the continent could be one big country with one army and centralized institutions of government, effectively a United States of Africa. Central to the plans of the AU is the organization called New Partnership for African Development. It is a realization that Africa has to depend on Western or “white” capital, much of it taken from Africa, in human and material terms.
ACCESSION #
9957502

 

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