Chaponda leads Malawi delegation to AU summit

Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Chaponda is leading a Malawi’s delegation to the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea days after President Peter Mutharika opted out of trip meeting as a cost-cutting measure.

The State House last week announced that Mutharika cancelled his maiden trip to the AU Summit which runs from 20 to 27th of this month as one way of saving public funds.

Chaponda: Leads Malawi delegation
Chaponda: Leads Malawi delegation

But Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Quent Kalichero disclosed that Chaponda will lead a four-member which has already left the country.

The AU Assembly has set agriculture and food security as the theme of the Session this year.

Among other things the grouping aims to achieve various visions in the Agenda 2063 Vision and Priorities which call for Africa to be doing things very differently inorder to take advantage of the current momentum towards 2063.

Through various actions, AU would like to have larger contribution and adhesion from all Africans and friends of Africa in order to enhance the Agenda 2063 to be presented to the AU Summit in January 2014.

Agenda 2063 also focuses on to achieving the African Union’s vision of “An Integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”, significantly more action is still required on a number of fronts.

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