AU chief calls for Africa's physical integration through infrastructure development
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AU chief: Africa should step up infrastructure development in order to boost physical integration.
The theme for AU summit is infrastructure development in Africa.
It had proved necessary for Africa's voice to be heard in the making of world economic decisions.

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Photo taken on Feb. 2, 2009 shows the general view of the opening ceremony of the 12th AU summit at the conference center of the United Nations' Economic Commission of Africa(ECA) in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. (Xinhua/Yu Yang)
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    ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Jean Ping said Monday at the opening ceremony of the 12th AU Summit that Africa should step up infrastructure development in order to boost the physical integration of the continent.

    At the ceremony attended by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa and heads of state and government of the AU member countries, Jean Ping said the theme for the summit is infrastructure development in Africa, especially in the transport and energy sectors.

Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon addresses the opening ceremony of the 12th AU summit at the conference center of the United Nations' Economic Commission of Africa(ECA) in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Feb. 2, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
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    "The choosing of this theme is a signal for the acceleration of physical integration of the continent and it reflected the determination to alternate from thinking to action in regard of improving African countries' infrastructure conditions," he said.

    The AU chief added that efforts would be focused on specific projects, which constitute the core of concerns and the daily aspiration of African peoples.

    Addressing the impact of the global financial crisis, Jean Ping noted that it had proved necessary for Africa's voice to be heard in the making of world economic decisions.

    He mentioned that the AU will seek participation at the G20 summit in London to represent the continent of Africa.

    Talking about the food shortage confronted by the African peoples, Jean Ping said African countries will make medium and long-term plans to support the agriculture sector in order to tackle the problem of food insecurity.

    Regarding the AU Commission, Jean Ping said it would seek institutional capacity building and shore up efficiency through investment on financial and human resources.

    The AU chief also mentioned security situations in Somalia, Sudan's Darfur region and the Democratic Republic of Congo, calling for all related parties to make joint efforts to realize peace and security in those countries or regions.



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    AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa and several African heads of state and government will deliver their speeches on the ceremony.Full story

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   ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Infrastructure development, a key factor to the continent's social and economic advancement, is to top the agenda of the 12th African Union (AU) Summit slated for Feb. 1-3 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

   Speaking at a press conference held ahead of the summit, AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping said the theme of "Infrastructure Development in Africa" for the upcoming meeting was decided at the11th summit held in Sharm el-Sheike last June.Full story 
 
Libyan leader Muammar al-Qathafi(C) arrives at the conference center of the United Nations' Economic Commission of Africa(ECA) prior to the opening ceremony of the 12th AU Summit in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Feb. 2, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

Libyan leader Muammar al-Qathafi(C) arrives at the conference center of the United Nations' Economic Commission of Africa(ECA) prior to the opening ceremony of the 12th AU Summit in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Feb. 2, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
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