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President Tinubu to attend African Union meeting in Nairobi on African integration and trade

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President Bola Tinubu is scheduled to embark on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, July 15, to attend the Fifth Mid-Year Coordination Meeting (5thMYCM) organized by the African Union (AU), Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Mechanisms (RMs), and African Union Member States.

In his capacity as Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Tinubu will join Heads of State and Government, Foreign Ministers of AU Member-States, and other esteemed dignitaries at the mid-year meeting, taking place on Sunday, July 16.

According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Dele Alake, President Tinubu will present a comprehensive report on the progress of regional integration within ECOWAS. The report will highlight the efforts undertaken by ECOWAS institutions, member-states, the private sector, and other stakeholders to promote integration in various areas, including trade, free movement of people, investment, infrastructure development, and peace and security.

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The 5th MYCM, held under the 2023 AU theme of “Acceleration of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Implementation,” will convene the Bureau of the AU Assembly. This assembly comprises Heads of State and Government from Comoros, Botswana, Burundi, Senegal, and leaders of the eight RECs.

The regional economic communities involved in the meeting include Nigeria-led ECOWAS, East African Community (EAC), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Community of Sahel–Saharan States (CEN SAD), Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), and Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

The African Union Commission and the Regional Mechanisms will also be part of the proceedings.

Accompanied by senior government officials, President Tinubu is expected to return to Nigeria following the conclusion of the meeting, which serves as a platform to strengthen regional integration efforts and advance the implementation of the AfCFTA, thereby fostering economic growth and stability across Africa.

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