Zuma to lead S-African delegation to AU Summit

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Sunday departed for Libya where he will lead the South African delegation to the 13th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit.

The Summit is scheduled to take place from 1 to 3 July, in Sirte, Libya.

"President Zuma will be supported at the Summit by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, Tina Joemat-Pettersson and senior government officials," the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on Saturday.

The 13th Ordinary Session of the AU, convening under the theme 'Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security,' will be preceded by the 15th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, from 28 to 30 June.

"Following an extensive discussion on the theme of the Summit the Assembly is expected to adopt a Declaration on investing in agriculture, which will include a programme of action," the department said.

Other issues for discussion during the forthcoming AU Summit will include the report of the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council on the Implementation of Decision Assembly on the Transformation of the AU Commission into the African Union Authority.

"Progress Report of the AU Commission on the Implementation of Decision of the Assembly on the Abuse of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction as adopted by the 12th Ordinary Session of the Assembly will also be discussed," the department said.

Report of the Chairperson of New Partnership for Africa's Development Heads of State and Government implementation Committee as well as the Progress Report of the AU Commission on the Implementation of Assembly Decision on the Hissene Habre Case as adopted by the 12th Ordinary Session of the Assembly, will also be on the agenda.

The AU Summit will also discuss the Report of the AU Commission on the Meeting of African States Parties to the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Report of the AU Peace and Security Council, which will cover extensively progress to date on Continental issues relating to peace and security.

President Jacob Zuma is also expected, as the current Chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to report on the outcomes of the recent Extraordinary SADC Summit on Madagascar, held in South Africa on 20 June.