Geingob attends AU summit in Mauritania

01 Jul 2018 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUL (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Saturday left for Mauritania in Northwestern Africa to attend the 31st Summit African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government to be held in Nouakchott 01 – 02 July 2018.
He is expected to return to Namibian on 07 July 2018.
Spokesperson in the Presidency Alfredo Hengari said in a statement issued here on Saturday that Geingob will also pay a courtesy visit to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja before attending the funeral of Professor Adebayo Adedeji in Ogun State after the summit.
“President Geingob will also deliver a statement in Abuja on 07 July 2018 at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Symposium in honuor of Professor Adedeji,” he added.
Adedeji, the former Executive Secretary to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, died on April 25 in Lagos after a protracted illness.
He was aged 87.
The summit will among other things focus on the Status Reports by the AU Chairperson and Rwandan President Paul Kagame and on the implementation of the AU Reforms, Hengari continued.
It will also look at the progress made towards the realisation of the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), the issue of Western Sahara and the African Common Position on African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) post 2020.
If ratified, the ACFTA would result in the largest free-trade area in terms of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade Organization in 1994.
The summit is being held under the theme: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.