President leaves for AU Summit

via President leaves for AU Summit | The Herald June 25, 2014 by Morris Mkwate

President Mugabe left Harare yesterday to attend the 23rd Ordinary African Union Heads of State and Government Summit, which opens in Equatorial Guinea tomorrow. The President, who is also the First Deputy AU Chair was accompanied by Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made and other senior Government officials.

The two-day AU summit, running under the theme: “Agriculture and Food Security” is scheduled to consider progress on Agenda 2063, Africa’s guiding vision for the next 50 years.

It will also discuss plans to resolve armed conflict and consolidate peace on the continent as well as recommit to the overarching Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) targets of raising agriculture investment and productivity.

In addition, the leaders are likely to review April’s Africa-European Union Summit, while projecting the Africa-United States meeting scheduled for August.

In keeping with tradition, the assembly will welcome newly-elected presidents Peter Mutharika (Malawi), Jose Mario Vaz (Guinea Bissau) and Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi (Egypt) who will address the opening session.

United Nations Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon and prime minister Mariano Rajoy Brey of Spain are among the special guests.
In January this year, the AU General Assembly adopted Agenda 2063 after foreign ministers meeting in Ethiopia emerged with key strategies aimed at leveraging Africa over the next 50 years.

The ministers noted that the bulk of continental peace initiatives were foreign-funded, while Africa’s voice remained on the periphery of international discourse.

It was unanimously agreed that Africa must have “strong, bold” leaders and assert control over its natural resources, work towards realigning education systems with entrepreneurial skills development, resolve armed conflict and determine its place in the world.

The General Assembly committed to eight critical areas: African identity and renaissance; continuing the struggle against colonialism and the right to self-determination of people still under colonial rule; the integration agenda; the social and economic development agenda as well as the peace and security agenda.

Democratic governance, determining Africa’s destiny and its place in the world were also adopted as priority areas.
Under CAADP, whose foremost objective relates to eliminating hunger and poverty reduction, member states aim to achieve greater economic growth through agriculture-led development.

By next year, it is hoped the programme will have helped create dynamic agricultural markets within countries and between regions and also spurred more equitable wealth distribution to rural communities.

In addition to empowering communities through land reforms, Zimbabwe continues to surpass a target for governments to dedicate at least 10 percent of their national budgets to public agriculture investments.

Last year alone, over 1,6 million small-holder farmers received inputs under the Presidential Input Support Scheme and it is believed this group accounts for 75 percent of the crop produced in the 2013 /2014 summer farming season.

Speaking at the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) opening session last Friday, AU Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said:

“The work on Agenda 2063, as our discussions at the joint PRC-AU Commission retreat showed, must move beyond aspirations, towards identifying those concrete areas where we must see action and faster movement forward in the next decade, so that we start building the Africa that we want today.

“The theme of this Summit and its focus on agriculture and food security is but one such area.
“The theme debate must see us recommit to the overarching CAADP targets of raising investment and productivity in agriculture.”

President Mugabe was seen off at the Harare International Airport by Senior Minister of State Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo, Minister of Presidential Affairs Didymus Mutasa, senior Government officials and service chiefs.

COMMENTS

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    The Mind Boggles 8 years ago

    What a load of codswallop

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    Petal 8 years ago

    oooh he’s gone again no surprises – to his friend another thieving scumbag like him

    “The ministers noted that the bulk of continental peace initiatives were foreign-funded, while Africa’s voice remained on the periphery of international discourse”- they are foreign funded because of your looting from the coffers you should be ashamed of yourselves.

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    Tozvirevakupiko 8 years ago

    useless, clueless, toothless, hapless bunch – the AU is.

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    Petal 8 years ago

    no comment from a ZHRL or Imbisaor any other human rights group in africa about getting a seat on this useless organisation

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    Petal 8 years ago

    “It was unanimously agreed that Africa must have “strong, bold” leaders and assert control over its natural resources, work towards realigning education systems with entrepreneurial skills development, resolve armed conflict and determine its place in the world.” Ooh OMG -correction africa must have strong thieving scumbags who refuse to step down and rig elections

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    nyoni 8 years ago

    Please stay there in lala land and don’t come back .

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    By next year, it is hoped the programme will have helped create dynamic agricultural markets within countries ” My word how many times have we heard that phrase. Next year never comes. In another speach Mujuru says Zanu need 32 years to put the economy right. Amazing what happens when you are ruled by people who are deaf and blind. Then Made opens his mouth and tells us his dreams as if they are a reality.

    ” Last year alone, over 1,6 million small-holder farmers received inputs under the Presidential Input Support Scheme and it is believed this group accounts for 75 percent of the crop produced in the 2013 /2014 summer farming season.” What was the benefit of these imputs? In the past 40000 commercial farmers put their own imputs and fed the nation. The Herald is back to it’s best. Writing nonsense.

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    zanupf fear me 8 years ago

    Mnangagwa may seize his chances try his luck in the mass murderers absence. Joc is impatient . Moroyi mujuru etc shivering

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    Mlimo 8 years ago

    Fly here fly there fly every where. 10billion in debt with no care in the world

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    Shamhu YeNhanzva 8 years ago

    Nap time on the plane to the AU, nap time during the AU meeting, nap time on the plane back from the AU meeting, arrive home & grab another farm & kick off the poor of their land, build another mansion on the new farm…What’s new?

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    Mlimo 8 years ago

    want to know Airrhodeseesha aka Zimbabwe doesnt make money? 50% of the resources and costs are spent on flying gracelss and robber around

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    It’s a cycle of flying- burial-flying -burial- flying -burial these days.
    RGM will be back in time for the next burial.

    Doesn’t say DisGrace flew with him. If he can travel by himself without carer.. beginning to think the Brussells furore was a gimmic to try and flex his muscles against his nemesis the West so he could brag about “conquering sanctions” at the next funeral.

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      Swagman 8 years ago

      Graceless, dis-Grace didn’t go to this desolate
      African dictatorship, because there aren’t any
      Gucci, Blanik, Tiffany or Winston stores there!

      To hell with caring for the old fool, that was
      a distraction to get to the Brussels shops…..