Tinubu to Attend African Union Meeting in Kenya Today

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President Bola Tinubu is scheduled to travel to Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, July 15, to participate in the Fifth Mid-Year Coordination Meeting (5thMYCM) of the African Union (AU), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the Regional Mechanisms (RMs), and the African Union Member States.

As the Chairperson of ECOWAS, the Nigerian leader will join Heads of State and Government, Foreign Ministers of the AU Member-States, and high-level dignitaries at the mid-year meeting, which will take place on Sunday, July 16.

According to a statement by Dele Alake, Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, President Tinubu will present a report on the progress of regional integration in ECOWAS. The report will highlight actions undertaken during the review period by ECOWAS institutions, member-states, the private sector, and other stakeholders to deepen integration through trade, free movement of persons, investment promotion, infrastructure development, peace, security, and stability.

The 5th MYCM, held under the AU’s theme for 2023, “Acceleration of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Implementation,” will gather the Bureau of the AU Assembly, comprising Heads of State and Government from Comoros, Botswana, Burundi, and Senegal, as well as the leaders of the eight RECs.

The regional economic communities include ECOWAS (chaired by Nigeria), the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Community of Sahel–Saharan States (CEN SAD), the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). The meeting will also involve the African Union Commission and the RMs.

President Tinubu will be accompanied by senior government officials and is expected to return to Nigeria at the conclusion of the meeting.

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