Rwanda President Paul Kagame a session of hope and reprieving as he delivered his speech during the ongoing African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Speaking to the Heads of States, Kagame noted that objective was to continue building a stronger and more capable African Union that is able to deliver on the pillars of Agenda 2063 and better represent Africa’s interests on the global stage.
He added that the steps forward that were achieved reflect the long-standing commitment and aspirations of Africa’s leaders and citizens where the Continental Free Trade Area was signed and now, less than one year later, it stands only weeks away from entry into force, thanks to the accelerating pace of ratification.
“We should not fear these changes, or attempt to delay them. That would be futile and counter-productive. They are the engines of productivity and prosperity for our youth. But in order to secure our place, we must face the world as a unified bloc, and work closely with other regional organisations and the private sector, to ensure that the rights and interests of Africans are guaranteed.” He noted.
Kagame also revealed that What remains is to pass this baton to the next Chairperson of the Union, none other than my friend and brother, His Excellency Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
“With our full and unqualified support, there is no doubt that he will take our Union forward decisively, to new and greater heights. Let me say, Excellencies, in Africa, we have high-quality people for any service you want, from any part of our continent. All we need to do is tap into that talent and move forward with Africa’s agenda.” He added.
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