Media Statement

12 October 2020

Minister Pandor to chair the 37th Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU), 13-14 October 2020

In her capacity as the Chairperson of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Naledi Pandor, will preside over the 37th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the AU to be held virtually on 13 to 14 October 2020.

This will be the first meeting of the AU Executive Council to be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will lead the South African delegation to the meeting.

This meeting of the Executive Council is held in preparation for the 2nd Mid-Year Coordination between the AU and its Regional Economic Communities (RECs), which will be chaired by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa on 22 October 2020.

Amongst others, the Executive Council will consider the 2021 Budget of the AU; the programme of activities about the theme of the Year 2021 “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa we Want”; and consider the Report on the financing of the AU and the Peace Fund.

Enquiries: Mr Lunga Ngqengelele, MLO at DIRCO, 082 566 0446

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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