Weekly Africa Update#10/11
The government of Chad, in an unprecedented move, joined forces with the AU to create the first-
Still with the African Union, with parts of Africa having marked African Liberation Day (ALD) on 25 May, which celebrates the establishment of the erstwhile Organisation of African Union in May 1963, Angola has set a precedent by being the first country to officially host the commemorative act of ALD outside the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. AU Chief Jean Ping stressed that Angola’s initiative “opens a new page in the history of the organization.”
A watchdog to monitor the financial crisis has been established in the CEMAC region. Comprising representatives of the Economic Union of Central Africa (UEAC), the CEMAC committee, BEAC, Central African States Development Bank and the Commission of COBAC (Central African Banking Commission), the objective of the watchdog is to serve as a tool to forestall and assess losses in affected sectors with a view to helping countries in the region to seek international support and measures to reduce the negative impacts of the crisis.
• The 18th session of the Executive Council of the 28-
• Liberia has been designated as conference venue for the 2011 edition of the Ordinary Session of the Leaders and Heads of the Community of Sahel-
• The 19-
• ECOWAS celebrated 34 years of its existence on 28 May. The celebrations brought in its wake many developments, including its Council of Ministers that took place in Abuja around the same time. It was a multi-
Also on the agenda was a discussion of the effects of the global financial crisis on ECOWAS states; the review of the status of the negotiation on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs); the endorsement by member states to restructure the department of primary health in the Burkina Faso-
• ECOWAS, Nigeria has agreed to review the state of preparedness of the member states in meeting the convergence criteria, as well as, harmonize the West Africa Monetary Zone (WAMZ) member-
• ECOWAS, in an attempt to combat what Nigeria calls “twin evil of drug and human trafficking”, the country has proposed the establishment of the ECOWAS Drug Control and Crime Prevention Division. This is not a new idea, having been decided at a ministerial conference in illicit drug trafficking in Cape Verde in October 2008.
• The Director-
• Shehu further added that an information centre would be set up in Lagos to provide relevant information and other research materials for the general public on money laundering terrorist financing.
East African Community:
• Following consultations with trade activists, Ugandan private sector and government officials, MPs of that country have recommended the suspension of trade talks between the EAC and the EU that would open up the Community’s markets in so-
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