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 Summit kicks off today by the PRC

Mahlet Fasil

The African Union (AU) said Park Cheng-hye, President of South Korea, will attend the 22nd Summit of the AU which kicked off this morning.  “Transforming Africa’s agriculture harnessing opportunities for inclusive growth and sustainable development” is the theme the AU said will be at the center of discussions during the assembly of head of states and governments of AU member states. The summit kicked off this morning with the 27th ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), a club of ambassadors of AU member states, which discussed items on the agenda in preparation of the summit to be submitted to the executive council for adoption.

EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs will today announce close to €3 billion in grants for countries and organizations in the region of Central Africa for the period 2014-2020. The announcement will be made during a more than two-day event to discuss development cooperation with Ministers and other authorities of the involved countries and regional organizations.

The European Union (EU) using its African Peace Facility Early Response Mechanism (ERM) has agreed to provide financial support to the mediation process in South Sudan facilitated by IGAD. One of the main objectives of ERM is to provide funds in urgent situations for the first stages of mediation activities. According to a statement from the EU delegation office to the AU, the € 1.1 Million (US$ 1.44 Million) earmarked on January 16th by the European Union will help IGAD and the African Union Commission to facilitate the mediation process in South Sudan to reach an agreement for resolving differences between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the opposition.