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AU Meeting: African Leaders Reaffirm Passionate Commitment to Integration and Development

African Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Integration, Development, and Cooperation

African Heads of State and Government have declared their commitment to advancing integration, development, and cooperation within the continent. The leaders, representing the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) and Chairpersons of the eight Regional Economic Communities (RECs) as well as Regional Mechanisms (RMs), concluded the Fifth Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the AU in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday with the adoption of a draft declaration.

Boosting Connectivity and Tourism in Africa

The meeting, chaired by President Azali Assoumani of Comoros and the Chairperson of the African Union, was attended by President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria and the Chairperson of ECOWAS, as well as the Presidents of Kenya, Egypt, Gabon, Djibouti, Libya, Senegal, and DR Congo. They expressed their support for initiatives aimed at boosting connectivity and tourism within Africa, including the implementation of E-visa facilitation.

Promoting Free Movement and Trade

The leaders also pledged to champion the ratification of the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons to effectively support the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agenda. They vowed to support the operationalization and expansion of key initiatives, such as the AfCFTA Adjustment Facility, Payment and Settlement System, and Guided Trade Initiative, in order to enhance trade facilitation and economic cooperation.

ECOWAS’ Commitment to Regional Integration

During the meeting, President Tinubu, in his capacity as the Chairperson of ECOWAS, presented a comprehensive report on the progress and challenges faced in regional integration. He emphasized ECOWAS’ commitment to promoting stability, democracy, and economic growth in Africa, underscoring the sub-regional organization’s dedication to good governance, rule of law, and democratic values. President Tinubu reaffirmed ECOWAS’ readiness to actively combat security challenges and work towards the integration and prosperity of the region.

Conclusion and Next Steps

The Fifth Mid-Year Coordination Meeting Declaration, which highlights the commitment of African leaders to integration, development, and cooperation, can be found here.+

Note: This article is just a rewrite of the original news article. The content, quotes, and facts have not been altered or made up.

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