THE African Union (AU) has created a peace fund which is aimed at raising the region’s own resources to tackle peace and security issues.
And the AU member states have so far contributed $170 million in the fund out of the initial target of $450 million.
This was revealed at the first ever AU Executive Council virtual meeting led by African Ministers of Foreign Affairs held on 13th and 14th October 2020.
According to a press statement issued by First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian Mission in Ethiopia Inutu Mwanza, Zambia was represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji and Permanent Representative to the AU Emmanuel Mwamba.
Mwanza said the committee of 15 Ministers of Finance also commended member states for contributing 59% of the funds assessed to them in 2020 towards the union regular budget.
And Mwanza said the executive also lifted the suspension of South Sudan as well as on Liberia
She said the committee further considered the report of the ministerial committee on African Candidature within the international system.
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Lusaka is totally transformed, but utupuba tu letalika, President Edgar Lungu says
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has bragged at how Lusaka has greatly transformed owing to various projects his Government has initiated.
Speaking when he commissioned the Arcades Fly-over bridge in Lusaka, President Lungu said Government will continue to improve the face of Lusaka as it is the capital city.
He said the city has totally transformed, stressing that “a diplomat who left Zambia and was recently visiting from South Africa could not remember Lusaka because of the way it has been transformed”.
“He told us that he could not trace where he used to stay here in Lusaka and that is a fact because Lusaka is totally transformed, but ‘utupuba tu letalika’ (small fools are arguing),” The head of State said.
(Picture by Eddie Mwanaleza/State House)