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President Felix Tshisekedi Warms Up For AU Chairperson

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Moussa Faki, Mahamat the Chairperson of the African Union Commission flew to the DRC capital Kinshasa to meet President Felix Tshisekedi who is preparing to assume his new role as Chairperson of the AU in early 2021.

Tshisekedi, received Moussa Faki on Thursday at the Palais de la nation where both held discussions over several issues and especially the forthcoming extraordinary virtual summit on the continental economic free trade zone (CFTA).

The AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki indicated that, on December 5, President Tshisekedi, in his capacity as 1st Vice-President in office of the African Union, will participate in a virtual extraordinary summit on the Continental Economic Free Trade Zone (CFTA) under the theme “Silence the guns”.

Moussa Faki confirmed President Tshisekedi  will assume the functions of head of the African Union during the Ordinary General Assembly in early February 2021 in Addis Ababa.

He noted that this was part of the reasons he flew to Kinshasa to meet President Tshisekedi -the preparation for this assumption of functions was the subject of their discussions.

Moussa Faki Mahamat also said he was satisfied with the way the Head of State is preparing for the presidency of the African Union.

The AfCFTA is an African Union (AU) flagship initiative that creates a single market for goods and services, a customs union and guarantees the free movement of people and capital.

Albert Muchanga, the AU’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry has previously emphasized that increased intra-African trade would foster regional integration and development, leading to peace and security.

“History has shown that countries that trade amongst themselves rarely go to war,” said Muchanga, adding that: “The benefits of free trade are not only economic; nations become more economically interdependent. They swim or sink together.”

AU member states want to accelerate collective efforts to end conflicts and crises in Africa, while expressing concern that terrorists and armed groups have failed to heed the calls of the AU and UN leadership for a global ceasefire”.

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