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Forced Displacements in Africa Sadly Remains Remarkable: AUC Chair

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat said the issue of forced displacements in Africa remains a top priority to tackle

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Michael Melkamu - 7D News Addis Ababa

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:05 GMT

 The issue of forced displacements in Africa remains serious, said chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Opening the 32nd session of the assembly of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Mahamat said it is important to tackle more deeply the root causes of the phenomenon, in parallel with the acceleration of the operations of African humanitarian agencies.

Under the main theme, “Refugees, Returnees and IDPs: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced displacement in Africa,” the two-day session of the AU heads of states also considered issues related to the ongoing AU institutional reform, and establishment of free trade areas among other continental projects and initiatives.

Africa has over seven million refugees and 14 million internally displaced people according to a UN report.

While lauding the positive developments in terms of peace and reconciliation in the East African sub-region, Mahamat expressed concern over the existing situation at the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin regions, urging enhanced solidarity to deal with the problems.

“The fight against terrorism at Sahel and Lake Chad Basin continues to be a concern for us,” he said, “Despite the remarkable efforts deployed by the countries in these regions, the situation remains very serious.”

On the other hand, Mahamat hailed the progress on the ongoing institutional and financial reform of the union of 55 African member states, whereby he said steady progress is being made while accountability is being improved.

And, according to Mahamat, African countries are also showing progress in practicing democratic elections despite the challenges encountered.

Meanwhile Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took over the rotating AU chairmanship from President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

 Sisi called for efforts to promote peace and security as well as solidarity with refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons, which are among the most serious and challenging issues on the continent.

He underlined the need to strengthen efforts in the fight against terrorism and religious extremism as well as in boosting infrastructure and urban development on the continent.

Sisi has hailed the achievements of African countries in economic growth, social welfare and empowerment of women and young people.

He also noted that the AU would work in solidarity and partnership with the countries of the South and the North, and within the framework of tripartite cooperation to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are in line with AU’s priorities.

Opening the 32nd session of the assembly of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Mahamat said it is important to tackle more deeply the root causes of the phenomenon, in parallel with the acceleration of the operations of African humanitarian agencies. 

Under the main theme, “Refugees, Returnees and IDPs: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced displacement in Africa,” the two-day session of the AU heads of states also considered issues related to the ongoing AU institutional reform, and establishment of free trade areas among other continental projects and initiatives.

Africa has over seven million refugees and 14 million internally displaced people according to a UN report.

While lauding the positive developments in terms of peace and reconciliation in the East African sub-region, Mahamat expressed concern over the existing situation at the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin regions, urging enhanced solidarity to deal with the problems.

“The fight against terrorism at Sahel and Lake Chad Basin continues to be a concern for us,” he said, “Despite the remarkable efforts deployed by the countries in these regions, the situation remains very serious.”

On the other hand, Mahamat hailed the progress on the ongoing institutional and financial reform of the union of 55 African member states, whereby he said steady progress is being made while accountability is being improved.

And, according to Mahamat, African countries are also showing progress in practicing democratic elections despite the challenges encountered.

Meanwhile Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took over the rotating AU chairmanship from President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

 Sisi called for efforts to promote peace and security as well as solidarity with refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons, which are among the most serious and challenging issues on the continent.

He underlined the need to strengthen efforts in the fight against terrorism and religious extremism as well as in boosting infrastructure and urban development on the continent.

Sisi has hailed the achievements of African countries in economic growth, social welfare and empowerment of women and young people.

He also noted that the AU would work in solidarity and partnership with the countries of the South and the North, and within the framework of tripartite cooperation to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are in line with AU’s priorities.

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