African Union President meets MITTELSTAND INTERNATIONAL Executive Director

Markus Jerger and Moussa Faki at Africa Forum in Sochi / Russia

The African Union (AU) is the most im­por­tant as­so­ci­a­tion of African coun­tries. It was founded in 2002 and is the suc­ces­sor to the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of African Unity (OAU). To­day, all the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised coun­tries of Africa are mem­bers of the AU, in­clud­ing the Sa­ha­ran Arab De­mo­c­ra­tic Re­pub­lic (West­ern Sa­hara). The or­gan­i­sa­tion has its head­quar­ters in Ad­dis Ababa, the cap­i­tal of Ethiopia.

The African Union is a de­ci­sive dri­ving force for the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Africa. Its pri­mary pur­pose is African in­te­gra­tion, in other words, the pro­mo­tion of co­op­er­a­tion on the ba­sis of co­or­di­na­tion and sol­i­dar­ity among African states, with a view to achiev­ing peace, se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity for all the peo­ple of the con­ti­nent.

In 2013, the mem­bers of the AU adopted their Agenda 2063, a com­mon vi­sion for Africa’s de­vel­op­ment over the next 50 years. In the Agenda 2063, the AU mem­bers laid down the fol­low­ing as­pi­ra­tions:

A pros­per­ous Africa based on in­clu­sive growth and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment

An in­te­grated con­ti­nent, po­lit­i­cally united, based on the ideals of Pan-African­ism and the vi­sion of Africa’s Re­nais­sance

An Africa of good gov­er­nance, democ­racy, re­spect for hu­man rights, jus­tice and the rule of law

A peace­ful and se­cure Africa
An Africa with a strong cul­tural iden­tity, com­mon her­itage, val­ues and ethics

An Africa whose de­vel­op­ment is peo­ple-dri­ven, re­ly­ing on the po­ten­tial of­fered by peo­ple, es­pe­cially its women and youth

An Africa as a strong, united, and in­flu­en­tial global player and part­ner.

https://au.int/en/overview

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