Sisi, African leaders tackle AU finances at Rwanda summit

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday participated in unofficial talks by African Union head of states on how to boost the organisation’s financial resources, after arriving in Kigali for the 27th AU summit.

During a speech to leaders a-Sisi said for the Africa 2063 vision to be fulfilled, African countries should start gradually increasing the financing of AU activities, according to a statement released by the presidency.

al-Sisi added that the economic situation of each African country should be put into consideration during the financing process.

Egypt is one of the four largest African contributors to the AU’s annual budget, Egypt’s ambassador to Kenya, Ambassador Mahmoud Talaat, wrote in an editorial for Kenyan daily The Star earlier this week.

This year’s summit is dubbed “the African Year of Human Rights,” and will have a special focus on the rights of women.

The 10-18 July summit will also address issues including an African free trade zone agreement and AU commission elections.

source: Ahram Online

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