President Cyril Ramaphosa was declared chairman of the African Union for 2020, replacing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The announcement was made on Sunday at the 32nd regular session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The session was held for two days with the theme “Year of Refugees, Repatriates, and International Displaced Persons — Towards Long-Term Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”.
“This provides an invaluable opportunity to consider and address the root causes of displacement in Africa,” the President said.
It discussed a number of issues, including institutional reform and financing of the continental body; peace and security on the continent, developments related to the continental free trade zone of Africa, and negotiations on a new cooperation agreement between the developing countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific and the European Union after 2020.
At the summit, South Africa also presented its instrument of the agreement ratification on the continental free trade zone in Africa.