Ethiopia bids farewell to outgoing African Union Commission Chairperson

Addis Ababa, March 14, 2017 (FBC) – Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Dr Workneh Gebeyehu hosted a reception in honor of the outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma yesterday at Hilton Addis.

The event was attended by the newly elected and incoming AUC Chairperson Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat; his Deputy and Ambassadors, according to MoFA.


On the occasion, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu praised the important contributions the Chairperson had made since her Chairmanship in 2012.

He further said “Dr Dlamini-Zuma has been a beacon of the Pan-African Vision of an integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens and representing dynamic force in the global arena.”

She also played an important role in initiating and mobilizing support for the effective utilization of Agenda 2063, the Minister added.

Silencing the Guns by 2020 and empowering women’s were other contributions of the Chairperson, according to Dr Workneh.

The Foreign Minister also commended the efforts made by the outgoing Chairperson in enhancing the bilateral relation between Ethiopia and South Africa while she was Foreign Minister of South Africa.

Dr Dlamini, on her part said “I thank Ethiopia for the warm welcome when we come and warm farewell when we go”. “I thank the government of Ethiopia for the excellent cooperation we had,” the Chairperson added.

The outgoing Chairperson of the AUC also said “our forefathers' chose Ethiopia, Addis Ababa as the capital of Africa, Ethiopia’s development achievement in industrialization, infrastructure, energy and preservation of cultural heritages should be expanded as best practices of the continent, she noted”.

In her final remark, Dr Dlamini called on all Africans to support the candidacy of Dr Tedros Adhanom for the Director Generalship of World Health Organization (WHO).

Similarly, President Mulatu Teshome bade farewell to Dr Dlamini today at the National Palace.


Dr Dlamini said she tried to facilitate the situation to build a better Africa that everybody wants during her tenure.

Posted by Amare Asrat