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President Ramaphosa to attend the 33rd Ordinary Session of the AU Heads of State and Government

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His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, will lead a South African delegation to the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Heads of State and Government Summit to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the 09th and 10th February 2020.

South Africa will during this Summit officially assume, for the second time, the Chairship of the African Continental body - the African Union (AU).  

South Africa assumed the Chairship the first time 18 years ago in 2002 during the formation of the AU.

Amongst many issues on the agenda, the 2020 Assembly will consider the report of 35th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, the peace and security situation on the Continent, and draft legal instruments of the AU. 

It will also receive presentations from various Heads of State and Government championing specific thematic issues of the Union, namely: 

•    King Mswati in his role as the champion for the African Leaders of Malaria Alliance (ALMA),
•    King Mohammed the VI of Morocco as the champion for Migration issues,
•    President Paul Kagame on championing Domestic Health Financing,
•    President el-Sisi as champion the for Post Conflict Reconstruction Development (PCRD),
•    President Edgar Lungu of Zambia on Ending Child Marriage in Africa,
•    President Danny Faure as the champion for the Blue Economy, and
•    President Nana Akufo Addo as the champion for Gender Development Issues in Africa. 

The Ceremony, wherein the current Chairperson, President Abdel Fattah el Sisi of Egypt, will officially hand over the reins to President Ramaphosa, will be done at the Opening Session of the Assembly. 

The Summit will be held under the theme for 2020 “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”.  

In this regard, the Assembly will take stock of progress and challenges to peace, stability and sustainable development in Africa.

President Ramaphosa will be supported by Dr Naledi Pandor, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans; Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, the Minister of State and Security; Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services; Mr Jackson Mthembu, the Minister in The Presidency; and Mr Senzo Mchunu, the Minister of Public Services and Administration.


Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria