President Yoweri Museveni has congratulated his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame upon his election as the new president of the Africa Union (AU) and wished him a successful tenure.
The news of President Kagame’s election was broken by the African Union Commission chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat during the official opening ceremony of the 30th AU Heads of State Summit at the organisation’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday.
Museveni was among leaders who attended the ceremony, whose running theme is “Winning the fight against Corruption; A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”. Later, President Kagame was called by his predecessor, Guinea’s Alpha Conde, to make his inaugural remarks.
The Rwandan leader said Africa’s biggest challenge is creating a pathway for young people’s prosperity, noting that whereas other continent’s had done so using industrialisation, Africa’s chances of using the same approach were quickly shrinking.
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“We are running out of time and must act now to save Africa from deprivation. We must work for a single market, integrate our infrastructure and fuse our technologies. No country can do this alone,” he said.
He added that Africa must ensure a Continental Free Trade Area is achieved, while ensuring free movement of Africans in the continent is eased. “This will send a signal that it is no longer business as usual,” said Mr Kagame as he announced the launch of a Single African Air Transport Market.