Speaking at the 29th Executive Council of the African Union in Kigali, Rwanda today, the Head of the Seychelles Delegation, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Barry Faure, said that Seychelles was happy to support greater African ownership of African Union programmes but that stringent monitoring of the AU budget was of “paramount importance”.
He further called on the Union to “spend the resources efficiently and with utmost prudence”.
The Secretary of State added that Seychelles welcomed the re-alignment of the AU budget with the aspirational development program Agenda 2063 as the African Union tries to reduce its dependency on external funding.
The Seychelles delegation is currently attending the 27th Assembly of the African Union in Kigali, of which the gathering of Foreign Ministers forms part.
During this Summit the gathering of Heads of State are expected to address key development issues including but not limited to continental integration and the free movement of people.
Secretary of State Faure is heading the Seychelles delegation to the Executive Council and Assembly and is accompanied by the Permanent Representative to the African Union and Resident Ambassador in Addis Ababa, Mr Joseph Nourrice, Resident Seychelles Ambassador in Pretoria, Mr Claude Morel, and Principal Counsellor in the Seychelles Embassy in Addis Ababa, Mrs Amanda Bernstein.
Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seych