Luxembourg at the 14th Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn, participated as an invited guest from 29 to 31 January 2010 in the proceedings of the 14th Summit of the African Union, which is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Based upon its longstanding partnership for development with Africa, this participation bears witness to Luxembourg’s endeavours in developing and intensifying its political and diplomatic ties with the African Union and its member states.
Minister Asselborn took part in the open sessions of the Summit’s Assembly and, drawing on his country’s expertise in this particular area, was invited to intervene at the Assembly of Heads of State and Government on the contribution Luxembourg can make to the development of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Africa, which was the central topic of the 14th Summit of the African Union.
Luxembourg also participated at a stand organised by the European Union which concentrated on the summit’s main topic.
In addition to assisting to the summit’s proceedings, Minister Asselborn paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Commission of the African Union, Jean Ping, who welcomed Luxembourg’s increased engagement and cooperation with the African Union. Moreover, Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister also met with his Ethiopian counterpart, Seyoum Mesfin.
Minister Asselborn furthermore hosted a working luncheon with his counterparts from Benin, Cape Verde, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, São Tome and Principe, Angola and Tunisia. The role and place of Africa in today’s globalised world was at the centre of the discussions.
The Deputy Prime Minister also had a number of bilateral talks with other African counterparts and Heads of delegation, such as Gambia, Togo, Mauritius, as well as the Republic of Central Africa.