The Executive Council of the African Union began this Thursday, October 14 at the headquarters of the pan-African organization in Addis Ababa, the work of its thirty-ninth ordinary session, with the participation of Morocco.
Morocco is represented by a delegation led by the Ambassador Director General of Bilateral Relations and Regional Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Fouad Yazourh, and composed in particular of the Ambassador Permanent representative of the Kingdom to the AU and the UNECA, Mohamed Arrouchi, the Ambassador Director General of the Moroccan International Cooperation Agency (AMCI), Mohamed Methqal, and the Director of the Grand Maghreb and the Affairs of the ‘UMA and AU, Abderrazzak Laassel.
During this session, the Executive Council will consider the report of the 42e ordinary session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee, the report on the operational implementation of the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), as well as the concept note and roadmap relating to the theme of year 2022 on nutrition and food security.
The Council will elect, in particular, two Commissioners of the AU Commission, the President and Vice-President of the Pan African University (PAU) and four members of the African Union Advisory Council on Corruption .
The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who spoke at the opening of this session, stressed the need to take a fresh look at the field of multilateral cooperation, noting in this sense that the he development of a draft partnership strategy and general policy framework documents provides an opportunity for such an approach.
Referring to the Covid-19 pandemic which has hit the Continent hard like the rest of the world, the President of the Commission noted the imperative to continue to strengthen Africa’s fight strategy.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, on the other hand, indicated that the terrorist attacks and the Covid-19 pandemic worsened the threats of famine and malnutrition hanging over the continent.
“In an anticipatory approach, our leaders have decided to look into the issue of nutrition and food security which will be the theme of the year 2020”, indicated the President of the Commission, calling on the Executive Board to decide on a roadmap relating to this theme.