AU Executive Council Discusses COVID-19 Effects On African Economies

Rebecca Otengo

A total of 54 countries in Africa have met in the Ethiopian capital-Addis Ababa to discuss among others the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the economies of Africa.

The meeting began yesterday and ends today wherein Uganda has fully participated.
Dubbed the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, the meeting also discussed the Operationalization of Africa’s Center for Disease Control, ratification of important instruments and also election of various organs of the African Union.

We can confirm that Uganda’s delegation to the Executive Council was led by the Minister of State for International cooperation Hon. Henry Oryem Okello. The Minister was accompanied by the Ambassador of Uganda also Permanent Representative to the African Union, Amb. Rebecca Amuge Otengo and officials from Uganda Embassy, Addis Ababa, Uganda Permanent Mission, New York as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council was opened by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat.

“The meeting is discussed important issues on the African continent including: the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and its socio- economic impact on African economies; operationalization of the African Centre for Disease Control (CDC); ratification of important legal instruments, and election to the various AU organs” says an Inspector.
By press time, Uganda had secured a seat on the AU Peace and Security Council. The country will serve for two years on this coveted seat which it has fought hard to get.

“The Republic of Uganda has this evening been elected to the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) for a period of two (2) years at the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union taking place in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Uganda secured 34 Votes.” Says Amb. Otengo on her Twitter handle.

Several Ugandans have taken to Twitter and showered praises on Uganda’s team for securing the desired victory.
“Congratulations Amb. Otengo, Adonia Ayebare, Gen. Jeje Odongo” says John Paul on Twitter.



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