The Thirty Second Ordinary Session of the PRC Concluded with affirmative recommendations including violence against Women and Girls in Africa

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The thirty second (32nd) Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) which was hosted in Kigali, Rwanda ended on 12 July 2016 with strong recommendations to be considered by the Executive Council that officially opens tomorrow 13 July 2016, for their consideration and finally to be submitted to the twenty seventh (27th) Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union scheduled for the 17-18 July, for adoption.

H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) in his closing remarks commended the Chairperson of the PRC for his guidance, effectiveness and efficiency in conducting the meeting in a productive manner. He appreciated the work done by the PRC and qualified it as one of the most transformative and organized meeting geared towards achieving the most significant and concised recommendations over a limited time. Mr. Mwencha also acknowledged the efforts of members of the PRC for their tiredless commitments and good relationship with the AU Commission towards achieving the continental Agenda while addressing issues which affect the continent.

This, he said will go a long way to create a peaceful and prosperous Africa, an Africa sitting amongst international community and highly competitive, with the view to improve the lives of its citizens.

He further urged all the members to be steadfast in their relationship and continue to work closely to strengthen their good collaboration with the continental Organisation. Mr. Mwencha seized the opportunity to thank the PRC for the support given to him and the good working relations accorded to the Commission during his mandate as Deputy Chair of the AUC for close to 8 years.

The Chairperson of the PRC, HE. Cherif Mahamat Zene, who is also the Ambassador of the Republic of Chad expressed his deepest gratitude to the members of the PRC and the staff of the Commission for the excellent work achieved throughout the meeting. He also thanked the various sub-committees for a job well done to facilitate the efforts of the Commission in paving a smooth platform to prepare for the Executive Council. The PRC among other issues considered the AUC budget of 2017, to be examined by the Ministers and submitted to the Assembly for adoption. According to the PRC Chair the meeting has given great attention and priority on the audit matters, calling on the members of the Commission to implement the first ten (10) years plan of Agenda 2063 as a priority. Other reports adopted by the PRC includes; the report against violence of women and girls in Africa, consideration of the agenda for the Executive Council among others.

The Chairperson of the PRC concluded by appealing to the Commission to rationalize working methods to optimize the use of time and resources to enable the Assembly focus on priority areas of the development of Africa.

Source: African Union.

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