Meeting of Permanent Representatives Committee launches the 22nd AU Summit

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Addis Ababa, 22 January 2014 (WIC) - The 27th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee of the AU opened on Tuesday (January 21).
Opening the session, Dr. Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, called for the strengthening of the working relationship between the AU Commission and the PRC in order to build a strong and efficient continental institution.
She expressed appreciation to the PRC and its sub-committees on multilateral affairs and other partnerships for working with the AU Commission.
The AUC Chairperson expressed worries over the conflict situations in Central African Republic and Southern Sudan while acknowledging progress made in Mali, Somalia and Madagascar which she said should make the Commission more resolute than ever to fulfill the pledge of the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration not to bequeath to future generations of Africans the legacy of wars and conflicts and silence the guns by 2020.
The Chair of the PRC, Ambassador Kongit Sinegiorghis of Ethiopia, called for deliberation on ways to enhance the institutional capacity of the Commission.
She expressed satisfaction with the progress made in the advancement of the peace, integration and development agenda as reflected in the Commission’s report for 2013 as well as the successful celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union. Ambassador Kongit stressed the need of the PRC and the AU Commission to improve their working relations.
The PRC will discuss items on the agenda in preparation for the 24th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council (January 27-28) which will in turn pass on recommendations to the Assembly of Heads of State and Government (January 30-31).
The PRC discussions are taking place against the backdrop of the launch of 2014 as the year of Agriculture and Food Security.
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture and Development Program.
The PRC meeting on Tuesday observed a minute of silence in memory of famous Ghanaian- born journalist and BBC broadcaster, Komla Dumor, who passed away Saturday.  (MoFA)