Members of the African Union Executive Council meet in Addis Abeba

From 12th to 13th September, the members of the African Union Executive Council are meeting at the headquarters in Addis Abeba, to discuss questions and challenges relating to the reform of the institution’s Commission.

In decision 635, the Conference of Heads of State announced that the election of the President of the AU Commission should be strengthened through a rigorous, transparent election process. Various studies have recommended a review of the current model of selection of leaders of the Commission. The current model has been criticised for not having an appropriate framework, which has led to a series of organisational problems, deficiencies in the operation of departments, and a serious deterioration of staff morale. In the same decision 635 it was decided that the election of President of the Commission should be strengthened through a solid, transparent process, based on merit, in which the Vice-President and the commissioners should be designated through competition. In the working session, which was attended by a delegation from the Equatorial Guinea diplomatic mission in Ethiopia, led by the Head of Business, Moises Mba Nchama, they will examine the options necessary for the selection of senior officials on the Commission, and they will draw up recommendations on the way to improve the submission of accounts, collaboration, implementation and aptitudes of the Executive Committee.

Furthermore, the commission will examine the options for drawing up recommendations on the structure and distribution of positions. Since 2003, a significant amount of human and financial resources has been invested in a wide range of initiatives related to the structural reform of the Commission. The synthesis report on the various studies and evaluations reveals a significant setback which is affecting the operation of the Commission, and a practically repetitive catalogue of evaluations and recommendations.

During this period of sessions they will examine the focus of application used in the past, in order to detect problems which have hindered progress, and they will draw up recommendations for a strategy of application leading to effective reform of the Commission.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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