African Union Peace Fund Launched in Ethiopia
The African Union Peace Fund that aimed at developing a mechanism of self financing of Africa’s peace and security activities, has been officially launched in Addis Ababa today.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, current Chairperson of the AU, President Paul Kagame said as promoting peace and security is the core function of the AU Commission, the establishment of the AU’s Peace Fund is critically important to finance the Commission’s peace supporting operations sustainably and effectively.
He added that the initiative would help to structurally work on peace and security activities of the Continent.
Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat said that, in line with the frameworks of the reforms underway, an important step has been taken which would help the continent to be self-reliant in funding its peace activities.
He also said that the measure is very timely.
During the launching ceremony, it is said that the Fund will have its board of directors and a manager and will start with the budget of 100 million US dollars.
AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Ambassador Ismael Chergui, on his behalf said that the fund will be functional to conflict avoidance, peace support and post conflict reconstruction tasks.
During the launching ceremony, it is said that the Fund will start with the budget of 100 million US dollars.
Moussa Faki also appointed the following Board of Trustees that represents the 5 regions of the continent- Elene Makonnen (Ethiopia), Zainab Ahmed (Nigeria), Kamel Morjane (Tunisia), Mrs. Tito Mboweni (South Africa) and Anicet Dologuele (CAR).