AUC, League of Arab States officials meet to discuss 2016 agenda
The AUC delegation was led by Levi Uche Madueke , head of partnerships management and coordination for the Bureau of the chairperson, and included Ambassador Abdelhamid Bouzaher, head of the AUC Permanent Delegation to LAS. LAS' delegation was led by Ahmed Al Twgery, assistant secretary-general of the Economic Affairs Department.
Officials set a meeting of the working group for trade, investment, energy, communication and infrastructure for the first week of February 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They also opted to refer economic matters and in particular, the Africa-Arab disaster-response fund, to the Economic department at LAS. They also solidified plans for the third Africa-Arab Agricultural Ministerial Meeting and the ninth Africa-Arab Trade Fair.
The Interim Executive Council of the Africa-Arab Cultural Institute (AACI) met for the first time since last year's Africa-Arab summit. The institute's director, Mohamed Salem Soufi, talked about the work program and activities at the institute, and unveiled a work plan and budget, which will be revisited at the AACI's next meeting in January.
Madueke made a special point to thank the League of Arab States for its assistance when the AUC responded to the recent Ebola outbreak, and to announce that the AUC is working toward putting in place a Centers for Disease Control to be better prepared for such events in the future.