African leaders converge in Nouakchott to discuss corruption, others

Monday, July 02, 2018

Heads of state and governments have arrived in Nouakchott, Mauritania for the last two days of the 31st African Union Summit.

A meeting whose main theme was: Fight Against Corruption brought to fore series of issues the continent is being gripped with.

At the meeting, the Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is also the host of the summit, talked about challenges facing the continent, including terrorism. He said that one way to defeat terrorism is to reduce social disparities. “This is the only way to convince our young people not to fall into extremism.”

At the opening of the summit, Chairperson-in-Office of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, insisted that there will now be small-format meetings, a single summit of the heads of state by year. “The idea behind these reforms is ultimately to make the AU credible. Several ongoing projects have been announced.” He particularly encouraged heads of state to join the common market to sign a protocol on the free movement of people and goods.

At the rostrum, the president of the commission insisted on the need to continue reforms including the financial side with the introduction of an import tax.

“Peace calls for the surpassing of oneself, the compromise and the general interest, recalling at the same time the many deadlines planned in Africa with elections in Mali, the DRC, Libya and the crises in South Sudan and Central Africa”.

Another subject addressed by the chair of the AU Commission was migrations. “The tragic fate of African migrants on the borders of Europe today is coupled with the recurrence of intolerable practices against these populations in Africa itself. On pain of losing all moral credit on this issue, our Union cannot practice double standards here: condemn the gross violations of the rights of African migrants elsewhere and practice ostrich politics when similar events take place in the continent.”

Author: Baba Hydara in Nouakchott