The opening ceremony for the thirty-second ordinary session of heads of State and Governments of the African Union began on Sunday 10th February, in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia).
Moussa Faki Mahamat, president of the African Union Commission, took the podium to present to the delegates and speakers a comprehensive report covering all the programmes and projects that during the course of the 2018 economic period were implemented by the AU, together with global issues dealt with in that respect.
Regarding the special guests, the plenary session followed the presentations of figures from the international world, including the North American businessman, founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates; words from the FIFA president, Gianni Infantino; and a speech by the director general of the World Health Organisation, Doctor Pedros Adanom, who declared their firm commitment to continue to support the African continent in its challenges to eradicate endemic diseases, the implementation of strict safety measures in football stadiums, and the provision of IT technical teams.
The opening ceremony also featured speeches from other executives, such as the General Secretary of the States in the Arab League, Amed Abdul Amei; the General Secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, who in addition to congratulating the presidents elect of Madagascar, H. E. Andry, and H. E: Felix Antoine Shisekedi Chilombo, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, for their election as leaders of those African States, also extended congratulations to Central African Republic for signing an agreement between the Government and the fourteen rebel groups in conflict in the territory.
Both the Palestinian President, H. E: Mohamed Abas, and the President of the Republic of Rwanda, H. E. Paul Kagame, who left the presidential chair of the African Union, making way for the Egyptian President, H. E. Abdel Fata Al Sisi, took centre stage during the final moments of the ceremony.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office