Times of Eswatini
PM to represent King at AU meet
MBABANE– Prime Minister ( PM), Cleopas Sipho D la mini will be rep resenting His Majesty King Mswati III at the 36th African Union ( AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The African Union theme for the year 2023 is ‘ The Year of AfCFTA: Acceleration of the African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation’ .
It is not the first time for the premier to attend the summit as last year, he left immediately after the opening of Parliament.
According to a statement from AU, the Assembly of heads of State and governments will consider and make far- reaching decisions on various political and socio- economic areas to promote and advance the welfare and quality of life for the African citizenry.
On January 16 to January 27, 2023, there will be 45th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee ( PRC).
The PRC comprises permanent representatives of the African Union and other plenipotentiaries of member States. The PRC conducts the day- to- day business of the African Union on behalf of the Assembly and Executive Council. It reports to the Executive Council, prepares the council’s work and acts on its instructions.
All AU member States, including Eswatini, are members of the PRC. “February 15 to 16, 2023, the 45th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council. The council coordinates and takes decisions on policies in areas of common interest to member States. It is answerable to the Assembly.
“It considers issues referred to it and monitors the implementation of policies formulated by the Assembly. The Executive Council is composed of foreign ministers or such other ministers or authorities as are designated by the governments of member States,” the statement reads.
Also on February 18 to 19, 2023the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. The Assembly is the AU’s supreme policy and decision- making organ.
It comprises all heads of State members and Government. The Assembly determines the AU’s policies, establishes its priorities, adopts its annual programme and monitors the implementation of its policies and decisions.
The summit will be held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.