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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for a two-day summit of African Union Heads of State and Government which opened on Sunday.
The summit is being held under the theme “2019: The year of refugees, returnees, and internally displaced persons: Towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa”.
During his stay in Addis Ababa, the President will participate in the debate on the reform process of the African Union which seeks to fully respond to the main challenges over the next half-century, focussing on growth and sustainable development (this is known as Agenda 2063).
President Nyusi will also participate in various panel discussions on the promotion of peace and security in the continent.
On Saturday, the President took part in the presentation of Mozambique’s second Progress Report to the 28th African Peer Review Mechanism Forum of Heads of State and Government. In his contribution, he stated that the increase in the number of cases of corruption is due to improved scrutiny and more aggressive control rather than a deterioration in the situation.
He explained that the Central Office for the Fight Against Corruption (GCCC) is implementing a strategic plan which is backed up by the Organic Law for the Public Prosecution Service, anti-corruption legislation, and the law covering witness protection. President Nyusi added that among the measures taken to stop the spread of the disease is the requirement that all provincial governments produce annual plans on combatting corruption.
Mozambique’s APRM Progress Report acknowledges that “corruption in Mozambique is perceived by many as a major problem” and notes that “the capacity of the country to prevent and control (corruption) is classified by the World Bank Institute as one of the worst in the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region”.
However, the authors of the report recognise that Mozambique has made many advances in the fight against corruption, such as promoting business ethics.
The report also raises a number of challenges to democracy, governance, and socioeconomic development. Whilst praising progress towards the restoration of effective peace through dialogue with the country’s main opposition Renamo, it warns of the threat posed by terrorist attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
This refers to attacks first launched in October 2017 by terrorist gangs, believed to be Islamic fundamentalists locally known “Al-Sunna” or “Al-Shabaab”.
In response, President Nyusi said that the government continues to make efforts to maintain an effective and lasting peace through creating a trusting environment among Mozambicans. Regarding the attacks in Cabo Delgado, President Nyusi pointed out that this is a transnational phenomenon that requires major cooperation between states “especially as at this moment the threat manifests itself in different ways across our continent”.
The chair of the session, President Idriss Debay of Chad, acknowledged the efforts being made by Mozambique, noting that there was not a country in the world without problems. Furthermore, he praised the Mozambican government’s efforts stating that “progress is being made in all areas”. President Debay also welcomed the fact that the report covered both positive and negative developments.
Support was also given by Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, who congratulated Mozambique on the progress achieved in the field of political and socio-economic development.
At the start of the Heads of State Summit, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took over the chair of the African Union after Rwandan President Paul Kagame completed his year in the post.
During his visit to Ethiopia, President Nyusi is accompanied by his wife, Isaura; Foreign Minister Jose Pacheco; Health Minister Nazira Abdula; Deputy Interior Minister Helena Kida; the Ambassador to the AU Albertina Macdonald; and the president of the National Committee of the African Peer Review Mechanism Lourenco do Rosario.
HE President @CyrilRamaphosa meets with the President of the Republic of the Mozambique H.E Filipe Nyusi on the sidelines of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. #AUSummit #BetterAfricaBetterWorld pic.twitter.com/Hn63jvjOfp
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Rais wa #Kenya @UKenyatta akutana na Filipe Nyusi rais wa #Msumbiji, Ernest Koroma rais wa #Sierra_Leone pamoja na @KagutaMuseveni rais wa #Uganda kabla ya kutoka jijini Addis Abeba nchini #Ethiopia alipokuwa akishiriki mkutano wa kilele wa 30 marais wa nchi za @_AfricanUnion. pic.twitter.com/bF2TMhOEuQ
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