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South Africa set to chair African Union in 2020

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa is set to take over the rotational chair of the African Union next year, taking over from Egypt which took over the chair of the continental body earlier this week at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of AU Heads of States and Government.

African heads of states formally elected South Africa during a closed session. Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will chair the continental organ for the remainder of the year , in a move that follows efforts by the country to position itself closer to the rest of the continent following its suspension from the AU in 2013 after a coup d’état. But the country was accepted back in into the structure the following year after holding successful elections.

“This presents an invaluable opportunity to reflect on and address the root causes of forced displacement in Africa,” the South African presidency said.

The Ordinary session was held under the theme: “The year of refugees, returnees, and international displaced persons – towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa”.

South Africa also submitted its Instrument of ratification of the agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) during the summit.

The AfCFTA is aimed at deepening African economic integration by promoting agricultural development, food security, industrialization and structural economic transformation through a single-air continental transport market with free movement of persons, capital, goods and services.

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