Ethiopia Ready To Peacefully And Successfully Host AU Summit #28thAUSummit

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the country is ready to host the upcoming 28th African Union (AU) Summit which comes off in the capital, Addis Ababa.

The Pre-Summit meetings have been going on since early this week but the meeting of Heads of State and government will take place between January 30 – 31, 2017 under the theme, ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth.’

According to spokesperson of the ministry, Ethiopia expects to play host to about 4,000 guest for the meeting. 37 African leaders, three vice presidents, three deputy Prime Ministers and some 49 foreign ministers are reported to have confirmed their participation.

According to the Federal Police Commission, a security committee was in place to ensure total serenity during the high level summit. Members of the committee are drawn from the Ministry of Defense, National Intelligence and Security Service, the Federal, Addis Ababa and Oromia Police Commissions, the state owned Fana Broadcasting Corporate reports.

The Summit will elect Africa’s next top diplomat after the AU failed to elect a new Chairperson to replace outgoing Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who did not bid for a second term in office. The earlier meeting in Rwanda was famous for the launch of the AU passport back in July 2016. Read more here.