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The Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane and his delegation arrived in the country on Wednesday from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia where he attended the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

The Press Secretary to Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Thabo Thakalekoala said the two-day summit which started on 28th January at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was held under the theme, 'Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa's transformation'.

He said the summit aimed at bringing African leaders together to deliberate on development issues for the improvement of the continent, saying all leaders have been urged to work hard to ensure that corruption is uprooted in all levels of governance and public sector as a whole from 2018 and beyond.

He said the President of Rwanda, Mr. Paul Kagame assumed the new AU leadership while President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria was appointed the AU Champion on the fight against corruption in Africa.

Mr. Thakalekoala added that the Summit also committed to strengthen institutions that are mandated to fight corruption so that they can execute their mandate effectively.

Meanwhile, on behalf of His Majesty King Letsie III as the AU Champion on Nutrition, Dr Thabane launched the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) Initiative on issues relating to promotion of nutrition within the continent, Mr. Thakalekoala said. 

With the aim to enhance promotion of nutrition within the continent, the assembly nominated seven Presidents and another seven of prominent individuals from Africa to join the Lesotho’s Head of State in advocating and promoting issues relating to nutrition for the maintenance of healthy living among African nations, especially children, he added.

The two-day session also launched the Solemn Commitment on the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) and also welcomed new Presidents of Zimbabwe, Liberia and Benin.


Source: LENA 31/01/2018

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