The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed complete satisfaction with the level of preparedness for the 27th Assembly of Heads of State and Government taking place this year in Kigali, Rwanda, from 10 to 18 July 2016. Following a two-day visit, the AU Commission Chairperson thanked and congratulated President Paul Kagame and the people of Rwanda for their commitment and dedication towards ensuring a successful AU Summit this July.
While in Rwanda, the AU Commission Chairperson also with met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda, Louise Mushikiwabo, with who whom she participated in a televised discussion on the topic, "The Africa we want". The panel conversation, broadcast live on Rwandan television and streamed live on the internet, was intended as an avenue through which to capture the voices and views of the youth on issues relating to youth empowerment, particularly in light of the upcoming AU Summit in July.
Dr. Dlamini Zuma urged the youth push the boundaries by becoming more engaged in matters of concern to the continent and to contribute more actively towards shaping their own destinies. She emphasized that Africa and Africa's Agenda 2063 belong to the youth and the political will to achieve it must come from all strata of society, including the youth, who "must feel a greater sense of responsibility in delivering Agenda 2063."
The AU Commission Chairperson also took the opportunity to announce the launch of African passport – to be unveiled at the Summit in Kigali and which she said, "is another tool that will get us closer to the Africa we want." She further encouraged the youth to seek and share knowledge and information and to utilize the various AU monitoring and reporting tools, such as the Gender Scorecard.
"The Africa we want belongs to now and we must all take part in shaping its future," the AU Commission Chairperson stated.