President William Ruto is set to join his fellow Presidents today for the 5th Mid-Year Coordination Meeting (MYCM) of the African Union (AU), the Regional Economic Communities, the Regional Mechanisms.
The AU meeting will be held at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters in Nairobi.
Moreover, Nigeria’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, Dele Alake, stated that the event will be convened under the AU 2023 theme “Acceleration of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Implementation”.
President William Ruto in a statement recognized that the coordination meeting is a ‘crucial platform for the advancement of our shared vision to build a more prosperous and democratic Africa.’
Aims of the MYCM AU Event
- Assessing the status of continental integration
- Coordinating efforts to accelerate the integration process.
- Coordinating the implementation of a clear division of labour
- Identifying areas of cooperation and establishing mechanisms for regional, continental and global cooperation in each sector or subsector.
Furthermore, the Chairperson of the Union and the Chairperson of the AU Commission will address the press conference.
Moreover, some of the African leaders who jetted into the country for the meeting on Saturday, July 15 evening include Azzali Assoumani (Comoros), Abdel Fattah (Egypt), Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Nigeria), and Macky Sall (Senegal).
Others are Ali Bongo (Gabon), Ismail Omar Guelleh (Djibouti), and the Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Mohamed al-Menfi.
Some of the organizations to attend the MYCM event include ECOWAS, the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as well as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Others are the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Community of Sahel–Saharan States (CEN SAD), the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
Nevertheless, President William Ruto has committed his first year in office towards positioning Kenya as a dependent for diplomatic activities.