AU Chariman Moussa Faki Mahamat pictured at last year's summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 4, 2017. Photo: Reuters
Johannesburg (People's Daily) - African leaders and top-ranking officials met in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa for the 30th African Union (AU) Summit on January 28.
African nations and international organizations are at this year’s summit to address first and foremost the issue of corruption.
This year’s summit theme is “Winning the fight against corruption: A sustainable path to Africa's transformation.”
At the top of this year’s agenda is anti-corruption, and will include appointing someone to lead the initiative.
During a meeting with Permanent Representatives Committee, AU Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said widespread corruption had damaged development across the continent while hurting economic development, social integration and political order.
AU Advisory Board on Corruption noted how illegal activities had hindered long-term and sustainable development in Africa.
Corruption has become a major challenge for Africa and has damaged security, economic development and the rights of all Africans.
For over two decades, despite Africa's growing economic and social development, corruption has dampened public confidence.
Many have lost interest in science, trade, and globalization, according to the AU’s official website.
On the issue of reform, African leaders believe it is urgent for the AU to promote transition, so that they can better serve the African people by high-lighting unity, solidarity, freedom, and equality.