Gambia’s President Adama Barrow returned to the country on Wednesday after attending the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Summit which is Mr Barrows first continental summit since assuming office was held between July 3rd – 4th under the theme ” Harnessing the Demography Dividend through Investment in Youth”.
During the Summit, leaders examined cross-cutting issues affecting the continent and its economies and the opportunities and options that could be exploited for the continental transformation.
Significant among the issues also discussed at the Summit includes continental trade, AU Reforms, Peace & Security, Funding for the AU and the Youth.
Meanwhile, during the discussion on the AU Reform process, President Barrow delivered a powerful message and thanked President Paul Kagame for his inspiring leadership and the members of his Pan-African Advisory Team for the quality and excellent work they have done in the reform process.
The consultative meetings were held in Kigali and Addis Ababa meant to strengthened the confidence in the reform process.
The AU Reform process is compelled by the need to change the norm in which our Continental organization is being governed.
“Through our Agenda 2063, we have summed up a vision for our Continent, a vision that is based on a peaceful, unified and prosperous Africa. As a consequence, we should work together to achieve our noble goals for ourselves, and generations to come” he said.
President Barrow said the current challenges faced by the continental organization require realistic and inclusive political leadership. He called for the need to address the factors preventing the continent to effectively operate as a Union through the reform processes.