A view of the 26th AU summit is seen in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on Jan. 30, 2016. The 26th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) heads of states and governments kicks off on Saturday at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)
A view of the 26th AU summit is seen in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on Jan. 30, 2016. The 26th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) heads of states and governments kicks off on Saturday at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)

The African Union (AU) Commission will hold a hand-over ceremony in mid-March in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for new officials elected during the 28th AU summit last month.

A view of the 26th AU summit is seen in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on Jan. 30, 2016. The 26th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) heads of states and governments kicks off on Saturday at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)
A view of the 26th AU summit is seen in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on Jan. 30, 2016. The 26th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) heads of states and governments kicks off on Saturday at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei)
The 28th ordinary session of the AU heads of state and government elected new leadership of the AU Commission, including its chairperson, deputy chairperson and commissioners for departments of the pan-African bloc.

The hand-over ceremony has been scheduled for mid-March for the new officials who already took oath at the conclusion of the summit on Tuesday, according to an AU statement later Thursday.

Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad was elected Chairperson of the AU Commission while Ghanaian Thomas Kwesi Quartey was elected the commission’s deputy chairperson.

For posts of commissioners, Smail Chergui from Algeria was elected a Commissioner for Peace and Security; Minata Cessouma Samate of Burkina Faso a Commissioner for Political Affairs; Amani Abou-Zeid of Egypt a Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy; Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil of Sudan a Commissioner for Social Affairs; Albert M. Muchanga from Zambia a Commissioner for Trade and Industry; and Correa Leonel Josefa Sacko of Angola a Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.

The two commissioners for economic affairs and human resources, science and technology will be communicated at a later date, according to the AU.

Under the new leadership, the pan-African bloc has a major task this year of adopting the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).

The AU decided in 2012 to establish the African CFTA by 2017, with a main objective of creating a single continental market for goods and services with free movement of business persons and investments, thus paving the way for accelerating the establishment of the Customs Union.

The 28th AU summit was held under the theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth.” During the summit, Morocco officially re-joined the AU after more than three decades’ absence in the bloc. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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