By Oleen Ndori
ZIMBABWE has been elected into the 15-member African Union Peace and Security Council at the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week.
Preceding the 35th session of the African Union Heads of State and Government Summit, ministers from across the continent met and deliberated on several issues affecting the African continent.
High on the agenda was the status of peace and security which saw Zimbabwe being elected into the 15-member African Union Peace and Security Council, with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Ambassador Fredrick Shava saying it reflects the country’s commitment to the continental agenda.
“Zimbabwe, along with 14 other Member States, was elected to the fifteen-member African Union Peace and Security Council. In that capacity, the country will play an active role in promoting peace and security on the continent. This is a clear recognition of our commitment to the continental agenda,” said Ambassador Fredrick Shava, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
“The Council endorsed a list of African candidates for election to posts in the international system. Among the candidates is a Zimbabwean national, Dr Cosmas Zavazava, who was endorsed for election to the post of Director of the Development Bureau of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for the period 2022-2026.
“The elections are expected to be held in Bucharest, Romania, in October 2022. Naturally, my ministry will be working hard going forward to support the candidature of Dr Zavazava, as we always do for Zimbabwean nationals vying for election to posts in the international system.”
He added that the council further commended the progress made towards the establishment of the Africa Medicines Agency (AMA), with Zimbabwe vying to host the agency in Harare.
“The Council commended the progress that has been made towards the establishment of an African Medicines Agency (AMA). The relevant treaty entered into force on 5 November 2021. Zimbabwe has expressed interest in hosting the Agency in Harare and now awaits a visit soon by a team from the African Union Commission to assess our capacity and readiness to host the Agency. We are hopeful that the team will find us equal to this challenging but prestigious continental task.”
According to Minister Shava, the Council directed elections for the Bureau of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) to be held before the end of April this year, with Senator Chief Fortune Charumbira being the Southern Region’s candidate for the post of the President of PAP.