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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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Heads of African Union (AU) Member States have adopted new reforms aimed at transforming the African Union.

The adoption of the reforms took place at a special summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The summit was chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda in his capacity as Chairperson of the AU.

The reforms, whose implementation was assigned to President Kagame by his continental peers last year, have an ultimate aim of weaning Africa off dependence on external aid by making it economically independent.

Among the reforms adopted is the strengthening of the sanctions regime for non-payment of Member State contributions to address late payment.

Decisions were also made on new competency-based selection, election procedures for the senior Leadership positions.

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This was to pave the way for a merit-based, competitive elected Leadership with new portfolios rationalized to remove overlaps and duplication.

Another key reform is the integration of the African Peer Review Mechanism into the AU budget.

The Summit also adopted the mandate of the new AU Development Agency/Nepad to build on the achievements of the NEPAD agency.

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The focus of the new agency will be to ensure that priority continental projects are implemented to to continue offer Member States evidence-based policy advice.

An African Union Peace Fund was also launched at the summit to support preventive diplomacy initiatives as well as mediation efforts.

The AU is hoping the peace fund will restore the dignity of the continent in taking care of its people and ownership of its peace efforts. It will also enhance the capacity of AU’s rapid response and its peacekeepers.





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