Zuma leads top team to AU gathering

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will lead South Africa's delegation to the 23rd ordinary session of the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea, the Presidency said on Sunday.

The summit would be held from Wednesday to Friday in Malabo, spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

“The theme of the summit is '2014 Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa, Marking the 10th Anniversary of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme'.”

At the summit, the status of peace and security in Africa, the implementation of Nepad (New Partnership for Africa's Development) projects, and the African Peer Review Mechanism would be discussed.

The African common position on the post-2015 development agenda, as well as the report of the committee of African heads of state and government on climate change, would also be deliberated upon, among other matters.

“The AU summit will also deliberate on the finalisation of the Agenda 2063 Continental Framework,” Maharaj said.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa would be acting president while Zuma was out the country, Maharaj added.

Zuma would be accompanied by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, State Security Minister David Mahlobo, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Public Services Minister Collins Chabane and Deputy Public Services Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. - Sapa


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