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									        AFRICAN UNION                                                      UNION AFRICAINE

                                                                           UNIÃO AFRICANA
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                         website : www. africa-union.org
                            DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION




                    PRESS RELEASE N°. 04/AU 11th Summit /2008


CHAIRPERSON JEAN PING BRIEFS JOURNALISTS ON CURRENT ISSUES IN
AFRICA


Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 27 June 2008 – The Chairperson of the African Union
Commission, H.E. Jean Ping, today Friday 27 June 2008, briefed national and
international journalists on some of the current happenings within the continent and some
issues on the agenda of the ongoing 11th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African
Union.

Chairperson Jean Ping highlighted the issues of peace and security, human rights,
governance and free, fair and democratic elections which he said are imperative in
enhancing the socio economic and political integration of Africa.

Other issues addressed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission included,
the integration of NEPAD into the structures of the AU, Sino- African Relations, Afro-Arab
cooperation, consolidation and reinforcement of partnerships with the external world and
shared values.

Mr. Ping further emphasized on the need to reinforce the Commission by improving on its
financial and human resources to enable the institution to attain its goals.

Today’s press briefing at the Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Center, Arab
Republic of Egypt, was the third in a series of press briefings organized by the Division of
Communication of the African Union Commission.




                    Division of Communication and Information. African Union Commission
                              E mail: dinfo@africa-union.org Fax 251 11 5511299

								
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