Malawian President Joyce Banda arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the evening of Friday the 24th May 2013 through Boli International Airport at exactly 20:30 where she was welcomed Ethiopian Government Ministers.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mganda Chiume led the Malawi team in welcoming the President. Other officials included Malawis Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Dr Isaac Munlo and Deputy Minister of Economic Planning and Development Khwauli Msiska.
Commenting on the participation of President Banda at this year’s meeting of the African Union Foreign Affairs Minister and International Cooperation Minister Mganda Chiume said :“This is a special summit for us Malawi and the Africa as whole because Africa is celebration a golden jubilee of our continental grouping”
Meanwhile, according to State House Press Officer Brian Banda who is with the President in Ethiopia, the Malawi leader will on Saturday the 25th of May participate in the celebration of 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Union which later transformed to be the African Union.
The Presidents first engagement in Addis Ababa will start with a working Breakfast marking the tenth Anniversary of the formation of the New Economic Partnership for African Development NEPAD.
In the afternoon President Banda is expected to join other heads of State at the Millennium Hall for the actual celebration of the of the African Union whose is “Pan Africanism and African Renaissance”
African Union was formed in 1963 with an aim of spearheading the liberation of African Countries from colonialism.
It is currently chaired by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Dessalegn and has a membership of 54 countries. Madagascar and Central African Republic are currently on suspension.