Guinean Pres­i­dent Al­pha Conde suc­ceeds Derby as African Union Chair

Financial Nigeria Magazine - - Development -

Guinean Pres­i­dent Al­pha Conde has suc­ceeded Chadean Pres­i­dent Idris Derby as the Chair of the African Union. Conde was elected by the Assem­bly of Heads of State on Jan­uary 30 dur­ing the 28th African Union Sum­mit, which held be­tween Jan­uary 22-31.

The seat, which is mainly cer­e­mo­nial, ro­tates among the con­ti­nent’s five re­gions – North, Central, East, West and South­ern Africa. Conde be­comes West Africa’s fourth AU chair­per­son af­ter Oluse­gun Obasanjo of Nige­ria (2004), John Agyekum Ku­fuor of Ghana (2007) and Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin (2016).

In other elec­tions at the AU, Cha­dian For­eign Min­is­ter Moussa Faki Ma­hamat was elected Chair­per­son of the African Union Com­mis­sion (AUC) to suc­ceed South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Ma­hamat de­feated four other can­di­dates, in­clud­ing Kenya’s Am­bas­sador Amina Mo­hamed.

Ex­pert have, how­ever, said de­vel­op­ing the tool could be ex­pen­sive and re­search find­ing could take years be­fore they can have im­pact on healthcare pro­vi­sion.

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