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AFRICAN UNION – Senegalese President Macky Sall at the head of the institution

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The 35th African Union Summit takes place from 5 to 6 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Senegalese President, Macky Sall, takes the head of the continental organization for one year this Saturday, February 5, 2022. He succeeds the Congolese Félix Tshisekedi. This summit is being held in person, after two virtual summits due to Covid-19.


Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, is hosting the 35th African Union Summit from 5 to 6 February. On this occasion, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi passed the baton to Senegalese Macky Sall. 

Great challenges await the new AU President. The Islamic terrorism that affects many countries of the Union, recent coups and armed conflicts, among others. It should be noted that the issue of peace and security, particularly in West Africa, is one of the main themes addressed at this 35th extraordinary summit. In his speech, President Sall stressed that Antagonisms disperse our efforts and delay us on the path of development. Common sense dictates silencing weapons and building a culture of dialogue and dialogue within African conflict resolution mechanisms.” He called for an examination of conscience to realize the peace of the brave in order to better devote ourselves to the other emergencies that concern us. This is the case with the COVID-19 health crisis and the need to ensure our pharmaceutical and medical sovereignty as quickly as possible.” He also noted that Our emergencies are also economic. Africa continues to lag behind in development despite its enormous potential: 30 million km2; more than one billion three hundred million inhabitants; large reserves of water and hydrocarbons; 60% of the world’s untapped arable land; 40% of gold reserves; 85-95% of the reserves of chromium and platinum group metals; 85% of phosphate reserves; more than 50% of cobalt reserves and one third of bauxite reserves.” But despite its handicaps, Africa has the potential to secure the conditions for its emergence.

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For him, it is precisely in the spirit of this Africa on the road to emergence that the theme of our summit is inscribed, on the relevant proposal of President Alassane Ouattara: “Building Resilience for Nutrition Security on the African Continent: Strengthening Agri-Food Systems and Health and Social Protection Systems to Accelerate Social, Economic and Human Capital Development.”

He had previously explained to his compatriots that «this great continental responsibility» entrusted this year to his country, does not allow him, as he would have liked to go to Yaoundé to attend the final of the African Cup of Nations which will oppose his country to the Egyptian Pharaohs.

       

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