nepad pres1,2,3.jpg - President Jacob Zuma arrive at the Opening of the 34th NEPAD HSGOC meeting.  He is greeted by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Nepad1,2.jpg - Opening of the 34th NEPAD    Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) meeting at the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  AUC Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma seated next to Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, chief executive officer of the NEPAD Secretariat. Picture byline:  Jacoline Schoonees Official opening of the 34th NEPAD    Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) meeting at the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The HSGOC meeting will be followed by a press after the closing ceremony chaired by President of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall. Background Information:   Twenty African leaders who make up the membership of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee - HSGOC will meet in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa ahead of the 26th AU Summit. The HSGOC provides leadership to the NEPAD process and sets policies, priorities and the programmes of action. The 20-member committee includes the five founding countries of NEPAD – Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria and Egypt.

Addis Ababa – President Jacob Zuma on Friday welcomed South Africa’s re-election to the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) at the African Union (AU) summit being held in Ethiopia.

The AU’s executive council - of ministers - elected South Africa and 14 other members to the PSC on Thursday.

The PSC is a standing, decision-making organ of the African Union for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts.

“We commit ourselves to continue working with the other members of the PSC and the rest of the AU membership in pursuit of peace and stability on our continent,” Zuma said in a statement.

“The maintenance of peace and stability in Africa is key to realising the vision as contained in Agenda 2063 of a peaceful and secure Africa that is strong, united and an influential global player and partner”.

Zuma noted that some of the PSC’s core functions included conducting early warning and preventive diplomacy, facilitating peace-making and recommending intervention in member states to promote peace, security and stability.

“The PSC also works in support of peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction as well as humanitarian action and disaster management.”

The 15 member states elected to the PSC by the executive council have to be endorsed by the full summit of heads of state and government this weekend. But this is expected to be a formality.

This is the first year in the PSC’s 12-year history that all 15 of its members had to be elected. It was an unusually fiercely contested election, especially in East Africa where seven countries competed for three seats.

The PSC comprises five three-year seats and ten two-year seats. South Africa was elected for a two-year term, though it had sought a three-year term, according to official sources.

South Africa served continuously on the PSC from its inception in 2004 until 2012 when it stood back. It was elected again in 2014.