President Paul Kagame on Saturday joined other African leaders for a virtual meeting of the African Union Bureau and Chairs of Regional Economic Communities as a precursor to the 34th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) scheduled to take place next week on 6 and 7 February 2021.
During the virtual video conference, the leaders discussed the modalities of holding the AU Summit in February 2021.
The upcoming summit will be held under the theme: “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”.
African heritage is keen on the moral values while African culture is expressed in its arts and crafts, folklore and religion, clothing, cuisine, music and languages, etc.
Expressions of culture are abundant within Africa, with large amounts of cultural diversity being found not only across different countries but also within single countries.
The African Union (AU) has recognised the role arts, culture and heritage can play as catalysts for the socio-economic development and integration of the African continent. To that effect, the preservation of valued African property such as historic buildings, artwork, books/manuscripts and other artefacts that have been passed down from previous generations will take central stage henceforth as the AU strives to uphold these values by dedicating an entire year of 2021 to ‘Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want’.
According to H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission, “as culture is the main marker of identity and through it we know who we really are”.
The significant contribution of culture to the integration of societies and to the socio-economic development in general and to poverty alleviation through job creation and social inclusion in particular has been undoubtedly evident.
Meanwhile, the 38th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council is scheduled to take place on 3 and 4 February 2021. This meeting will bring together Ministers of External Relations/ Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from the fifty five (55) Member States of the African Union.