ADDIS ABABA, July 12 — The 21st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council kicked off on Thursday at the new AU Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In the two-day meeting, foreign ministers and authorities of the AU member states are expected to deliberate on different issues on the framework of the 19th AU Summit under the theme: "Boosting Intra-African Trade".
They are expected to look at different reports of the ministerial meetings organized by the AU Commission during the last six months.
The ministers will also consider the activity report of the Commission; the recommendations of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) on the implementation of previous decisions of the Executive Council and the Assembly; and the report of the ministerial committee on candidatures, among others.
The Executive Council will further look into reports of some AU Organs including the Pan-African Parliament (PAP); the African Committee of the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC); the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the Union (ECOSOCC); the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption; and the African Union Commission on International Law (AUCIL) before embarking on the consideration of items proposed by Member States.
According to the AU, one of the high moments during the Executive Council meeting will be the election of Commissioners of the African Union and the election of three judges of the African Court on Human and People's Rights (AfCHPR) as well as the appointment of one judge of the AU Ad-Hoc Administrative Tribunal.
Meanwhile, the Executive Council will submit their report to the 19th Assembly of Heads of State and Government for adoption, which is due to start on July 15 in Addis Ababa. (PNA/Xinhua) /CTB/mmg