13 Jun 2015 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob left for Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday for the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU).
The Assembly will discuss, among others, the theme of the summit, which is the Year of Women Empowerment and Development Towards Agenda 2063.
The African leaders chose the theme in order to acknowledge the central role of women in implementing Agenda 2063 and to chart new frontiers for women with the AU playing an enabling role.
Agenda 2063 is an approach to how the continent should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the short, medium and long term, so as to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.
The summit theme also recognises the contribution that women continue to make to national laws and development programmes.
In addition, the theme also celebrates the women of Africa as a phenomenal asset of the continent towards achieving sustainable economic development and the eradication of poverty, hunger and diseases in the African continent.
The Heads of State and Government will adopt the budget of the AU, consider the report of the ministerial committee on the scale of assessment and also discuss the issue of integration with a focus on free movement of people, goods and services.
The summit will also consider other reports that includes the Report of the AU Commission on the Ebola Crisis; the activities and the state of peace and security in Africa, including terrorism, radical extremism and Africa's response and governance with focus on African Governance Architecture and elections; and the Report of the Commission on the situation of the Middle East and Palestine.
The official opening ceremony will be held on Sunday at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, with the welcome statement to be delivered by host, President Jacob Zuma.
The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will also deliver a statement, followed by the AU Chairperson, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
Newly-elected and outgoing Heads of State and Governments are expected to give statements during the summit.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and other senior Namibian Government officials are part of Geingob's delegation to the summit.
Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Frans Kapofi were at the Eros Airport to see Geingob off.
The presidential delegation is expected back on Monday afternoon.