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AU Leaders To Discuss Boko Haram, Burundi Crisis At Jo’burg Summit Friday

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 7:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The African Union Secretariat said on Thursday in Johannesburg that more than 50 African Heads of State have begun arriving in South Africa ahead of the 25th African Union (AU) Summit, which gets underway in Johannesburg on Friday.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is expected to preside over the summit as the AU chairman.

Issues to be discussed at the summit include the crisis in Burundi.

The report said the AU is expected to come out with a strong campaign against terror groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabaab in Kenya.

According to the statement, the leaders who would sit for their Ordinary Assembly, scheduled for Sunday and Monday, and also address the finalisation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), which the AU wants in place by 2017.

The 2012 summit in Addis Ababa, under the theme “Boosting Intra-African Trade,” endorsed the plan to set up the structure by 2017.

The proposed CFTA was reportedly a key component of the AU’s strategy to boost trade within the region by at least 25 per cent 30 per cent in the next decade.

The secretariat also said that funding of the AU would also be addressed.

AU Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, wants the organisation to be financially self-sufficient, believing the group’s 54-member states should provide the much-needed financing.