President Kenyatta affirms Kenya’s support for reforms at AU

President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) at the AU summit in Ethiopia
President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) at the AU summit in Ethiopia

President Uhuru Kenyatta has supported the reforms that have been set up by the African Union, pertaining enhanced financial contributions and ensuring greater efficiency at the AU Commission at Ethiopia. During the African Union (AU) summit closed session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Kenyatta said the introduced reforms, instilled by a panel led by incoming chairperson and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, will enable the union to deliver its targets, “Kenya strongly supports the reforms at the African Union, as its the surest way to ensure the Union, its Commission, Organs and Agencies are fit for purpose and well equipped to deliver on the ambitious aspirations of the African people as spelt out in Agenda 2063,” said President Kenyatta.

He said it’s vital for everybody to be involved in the implementation of reforms instituted in the Union, “The processes through which we make important decisions, to drive the reforms, have to be consultative and they should enable us to build the broadest possible consensus on the reform package,” he said, adding that when genuine concerns are raised by member states, its vital that they are addressed expeditiously and comprehensively.

Moreover, the President revealed that Kenya is fully supportive of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), which champions the free movement of goods and people in Africa, “I am, therefore, encouraged to note that more than 20 countries, including my own, are currently implementing the 0.2% levy on eligible imports as reported,” he said, urging member states to make every effort to ensure the financial independence of the Union.