SUMMIT OF THE AFRICAN UNION ON EMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY
ALLEVIATION OPENS IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO
Extra-Ordinary Session of the African Union
on Employment and Poverty Alleviation in Africa
opened at the level of Permanent Representatives
Committee (PRC) and Experts on Friday, 3 September
2004 at the Ouaga 2000 Conference Centre.
Burkina Minister of State for External Affairs and
Regional Co-operation, Hon. Youssoufou Ouédraogo
declared the session open and underscored the importance
of the meeting as a platform for consultation and
exchange of views on how to develop socio-political
and economic mechanisms to tackle the challenges posed
by unemployment and the scourge of poverty.
meeting is scheduled to consider, among other things,
the Background Document, a Draft Declaration, a Draft
Plan of Action and a Draft Follow-up Mechanism for
Monitoring and Evaluation as part of the Agenda during
its Work Programme.
meeting will also take a global look on how to empower
people, open opportunities and create social protection
and security for workers through building a people-oriented
environment for development and national growth based
on resources mobilization for implementation of adopted
plans of action.
session was chaired by the Permanent Representative
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the African
Union, H.E. Olusegun Akinsanya, whose country at present
holds the current Chairmanship of the African Union.
The outcome of the Social Partners Forum which is
being held in parallel to the Permanent Representatives’
Committee (PRC) will also be considered as it is expected
to provide an opportunity for the Social Partners
to contribute to the Summit.
OUAGADOUGOU, SEPTEMBER 4, 2004