New chairperson pledges accelerated development through youth, private sector

Mahamat stated this on Tuesday in Addis Ababa while taking over the leadership mantle of the commission at the closing ceremony of the 28th AU summit.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Mahamat

The conclusion of the two-day Summit of heads of States and Government also witnessed the taking of oath of office of other newly elected officers including commissioners for different section of the Commission.

He expressed his commitment to serve the continent and its people, despite the various challenges facing the commission and pledged to carry out his responsibilities as chair.

“It is not easy to serve Africa with diversities. But these challenges do not frightened me. Off course, I am not alone in implementing the ambitious projects of Africa,” he said.

Mahamat said the potential of youths and scholars and the private sectors actors would be essential to help push the Agenda of 2063 to the level of progress that could benefit Africans.

The outgoing chairperson of the Commission, Dr Dlamini Zuma, the first woman to lead the bloc, had earlier urged Mahamat to live up to expectations and be committed enough to accomplish ongoing tasks.

She harped on the need to achieve the Commission AU Agenda of silencing the gun in Africa by 2020.

According to her, silencing the gun in Africa by 2020 or even before is core vision set by the union to see peaceful and prosperous Africa.

“We also made the voice of the continent stronger in global platforms. We should not allow ourselves to be divided by anyone.

“And for my part, I am quite sure whatever capacities we have we will remain solid for African cause," she said.

The outgoing AU chief expressed confidence that the incoming chairperson is committed to building on the already laid foundation.

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