President Museveni leaves for 20th AU summit in Addis

Saturday 26th January 2013

President Yoweri Museveni has today left for the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for the 20th African Union Summit, which will run until January 28 under the theme "Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance".

The President who is currently the chairman of the East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) will be looked upon to influence various issues on the continent including economic trade and security among other things.

The President who is on a three day working visit was seen off at Entebbe internal airport by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Minister for the Presidency Frank Tumwebaze, Minister for Security Muruuli Mukasa, the Head of Public Service John Mitala, the Deputy CDF Gen. Ivan Koreta, Deputy IGP Sorowen Andrew and the Commissioner General of Prisons Johnson Byabasaijja. This year's summit comes at a time when a number of African countries are involved in civil conflicts in Mali, the Democratic Republic Congo and the Central African Republic, while troops from Sudan and South Sudan have occasionally fought along the two countries' disputed border.

The resolution of these armed conflicts is likely to take centre stage while the African leaders will also seek to chart the continent's development agenda as it enters its 50th year of regional cooperation. The AU summit, will among other issues discuss poverty, youth unemployment and health-related issues.

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