Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Pres. Mugabe Grades Pres. Sirleaf’s Report ‘Substantive, Informative’
MONROVIA, June 16 (LINA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has said reports submitted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the African Union High Level Committee (AU-HLC) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Forum were “substantive and informative.”
President Mugabe, who is Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the AU, praised President Sirleaf for her commitment and hard work in the cause of the African continent and described her as an asset to the AU, African continent and its people.
The Liberian leader chaired the AU High Level Committee of 10 Heads of State and Government and the APRM Forum for the last two years.
According to a dispatch from Johannesburg, South Africa, President Mugabe made the comments following the back-to-back presentation of reports on the AU-HLC and the APRM Forum on the second and final day of the 25th AU Summit held at the Sandton Convention Center.
In her report on the AU-HLC, President Sirleaf outlined the various activities undertaken by the committee and current status of the Common African Position (CAP), which are to be integrated and incorporated in the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She informed the Summit that the Committee of African Negotiators is currently engaged in consultations at the United Nations headquarters in New York to ensure the integration of the CAP into the new global development agenda.
President Sirleaf was also one of three Co-chairs of the Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda constituted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, representing the African continent.
On the APRM Forum report, the Liberia leader, who recently passed the baton over the Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, highlighted achievements, and pointed out challenges and constraints faced and proposed recommendations on how to effectively mitigate such obstacles and ensure that the APRM Forum achieves its objectives.
The dispatch named promoting good governance and consolidating the processes of democratization, transparency and accountability, peace and security and the rule of law and human rights across the African continent as some of the objectives.
During the Ebola session later, African leaders praised President Sirleaf for leading her country into freedom, describing her leadership during the Ebola crisis as extraordinary, exemplary and outstanding.
They called for extreme caution and the avoidance of complacency considering that Guinea and Sierra Leone are still reporting cases.
Monday’s session of the 25th AU Summit considered reports and draft decisions of various sub-committees of the AU Assembly to include reports of President Sirleaf on the AU-HLC on Post-2015 Development Agenda and the APRM; report of President of Senegal and Chairperson of NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) Macky Sall.
Other reports came from President of Sierra Leone and Chairperson of the Committee of Ten on the UN Reforms, Ernest Bai Koroma; President of Ghana and Chairperson of the High Level African Trade Committee (HATC), John Dramane Mahama; and President of Egypt and Coordinator of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), Abdel Fattah El Sissi.