2022 AU SUMMIT: Instability, economic dvpt & Covid-19 expected to top agenda

By Oleen Ndori
THE 35th ordinary Session of the African Union, set for this weekend, is set to look at various issues affecting the continent including instability in West Africa and elections held last year.
The summit comes after a coup in Mali was followed by others in Guinea and Burkina Faso as well as a failed coup in Guinea Bissau.
In a statement released this Tuesday, African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat condemned the attempted coup calling for the military to return to their barracks and to ensure the physical status of President Umaro Sissoco Embalo and members of his government.
In recent days the Political Affairs Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission held meetings that looked into elections and status of peace and security across the continent and noted that while there remains challenges, member states had made significant strides in enriching democracy and the rule of law.
The department further noted that ahead of the summit, such strides are key in the peaceful and successful handing over of power which provides a beacon of hope to democracy across Africa.
Between this Wednesday and Thursday, the 40th ordinary session of the Executive Council is seating to deliberate on issues raised in the 39th session, legal instruments for the body as well as elections of among other people, the Female Vice President of the Pan African University (PAU) Council.
Other issues under spotlight include progress in fighting COVID-19 and implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.
Foreign Affairs and International trade minister, Ambassador Fredrick Shava is in Addis Ababa for the Executive council and 35th session of the African Union heads of State and Government Summit set for the 5th and 6th of this month.