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Chief Executives Officers of the Regional Economic Communities met with the Chair of the African Union Commission H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, November 8, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for consultation on the proposed reforms on the continental body.

COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya participated in the AU-RECs consultative forum.

The consultation follows a decision made by the AU Assembly in January 2017 on a report presented by the President of Rwanda H.E Paul Kagame. In the report, President Kagame proposed reforms covering five areas. Among them, the need for African Union to focus on key priorities with continental scope as well as the sustainable financing of the organization.

Some of the key elements of the AU reform that are relevant to RECs are; the need for clear division of labour. This is intended to achieve effective collaboration between AU, RECs and member States and other continental institutions in line with the principle of subsidiarity.

The joint engagement of the AU-REC with strategic partners is another key element in the proposed reforms given that the two mobilize resources from the same donors sometimes to finance the same programs.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General conducted a mission to Sudan where he had a series of meetings with senior government officials. They included HE Dr. Mohamed Osman Suliman Elrikaby, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, H.E Mr Atta Elmanan, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and H.E Mr Ibrahim Adam Ibrahim, State Minister, Ministry of Social Development and Security.

The SG also met with Senior Management of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA). The meeting discussed support by the Bank to COMESA integration programs. He also had separate meetings with the with Deputy Governor and Senior Staff at the Central Bank of Sudan and the Union of Chambers of Commerce of Sudan.