Addis Ababa March 14/2017 President Mulatu Teshome bade farewell to the outgoing African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma today at the National Palace.
During the occasion, the outgoing Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that she tried to facilitate the situation to build a better Africa that everybody wants during her tenure.
“We think in the four and half years, we were able to galvanize Africans in all sectors to reflect on the Africa we want”, she said.
To create better Africa that everybody wants, Zuma said that she tried her best to carry forward the major program of agenda 2063 that will enable Africa to become, prosperous, peaceful and integrated Africa.
“Of course, not all things will be achieved in the same time. The priority we are looking at now which I hope the AU commissions take with spirit and determination is the issue of the continental free trade area”, Zuma said.
Enhancing intra-Africa trade and single market is going to be very important for Africa, Zuma noted, saying that it will lead to fast economic growth, create a lot of jobs and accelerate industrialization.
According to the commissioner, a lot of improvements have been made in the area of developing agriculture, transport, ICT infrastructure across the continent.
She said that the continent has witnessed a lot of improvement in terms of good governance and democracy, however, there is more to desire in silencing the gun in conflict management in Africa.
“We have also been able to mobilize the youth, women to be part of every area of women endeavor because it is very important that we mobilize all our talent, all our strength in order to move our continent forward”.
President Mulatu appreciated Zuma’s role in the African Union in integrating African countries, strengthening AU and mobilizing countries to bring desired results.
The president urged her to continue in her efforts on the possible ways to strengthening bilateral relationship among the African nations.
During her term as a chairperson, Zuma has been working to ensuring good governance, rule of law and democracy as well as empowering women, Mulatu added.