AU Describes Ellen as ‘Africa Asset’

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The Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of States and Government of the African Union (AU), Zimbabwe’s President Robert Gabriel Mugabe has described President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as an asset to the African Union (AU), and the African continent and its people.

President Mugabe, who praised President Sirleaf for her commitment and hard work in the cause of the African continent, said her continual contribution to the improvement of the continent is highly laudable.

According to a dispatch from Johannesburg, South Africa, President Mugabe made the comments following the back to back presentation of reports on the African Union High Level Committee (AU-HLC) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Forum AU-HLC and the APRM Forum on the final day of the 25th AU Summit held at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. He termed the reports as “substantive and informative”.

President Sirleaf chaired the AU High Level Committee of ten Heads of States and Government and the APRM Forum for the last two years.

According to the dispatch, President Sirleaf, in her report, outlined the various activities that have been undertaken by the committee as well as the current status of the Common African Position (CAP) which are to be integrated and incorporated in the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She informed the Summit that the Committee of African Negotiators is currently engaged in consultations at the United Nations headquarters in New York to ensure the integration of the CAP into the new global development agenda.

President Sirleaf was one of three Co-chairs of the Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda constituted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon representing the African continent.

On the African Peer Review Mechanism Forum report, the Liberia leader, who recently passed the baton over the Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyetta, highlighted achievements, pointed out challenges and constraints faced and proposed recommendations on how to effectively mitigate such obstacles and ensure that the APRM Forum achieves its objectives promoting good governance and consolidating the processes of democratization, transparency and accountability, peace and security and the rule of law and human rights across the African continent.

During the Ebola session later, African leaders praised President Sirleaf for leading her country into freedom, describing her leadership during the Ebola crisis as extraordinary, exemplary and outstanding. They called for extreme caution and the avoidance of complacency considering that Guinea and Sierra Leone are still reporting cases.

President Sirleaf provided briefings on the current state of affairs of the Ebola crisis and outlined measures being taken to avoid a reoccurrence of the virus in Liberia, including regional collaboration and common interventions along the border.

She reflected on the incredible and outstanding role of the AU Ebola mission (ASEOWA) and thanked the continent for standing with Liberia through ASEOWA and other interventions including financial, logistical, human, technical and other forms of support. She said the Liberian government and people will remain grateful with the AU for the assistance.

Other issues handled on the final day of the summit included discussions on the work of the Peace and Security Council, the outcome of the Dakar Summit on Higher Education, the adoption of Decisions, Declarations, Reports, Resolutions and Outcome of the 25th African Union Summit, among others.

She thanked President Jacob Zuma and the South African people of hosting the Summit and for the hospitality shown; to President Mugabe for his leadership, wisdom and skills demonstrated; and to Dr. Nkosazana Zuma, for a good job done as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

She congratulated her colleagues for their participation and for qualitatively deliberating the issues brought forth at the 25th AU Summit, wishing them God’s speed and safe journey back to their respective countries.

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