75 Heads of State and Government from the continent and beyond are expected to attend the 21st African Union (AU) Summit scheduled to be held from 19 to 27 May 2013 in Addis Ababa.
According to a statement from AU Commission, 450 journalists had been given accreditation to cover activities of the summit which coincides with the Golden Jubilee of OAU/AU.
The OAU was established on May 25, 1963 in Addis Ababa upon signing of the OAU Charter by representatives of 32 governments; 21 states joined the continental body gradually over the years.
South Africa became the 53rd member on 23 May 1994 after the first multi-racial elections that ushered in Nelson Mandela as the first democratically elected black African president of the rainbow nation.
South Sudan became the 54th state to join the AU after securing independence from Sudan on 09 July 2011.Activities of the Golden Jubilee and summit would kick off, Ethiopia on 19 May in Addis Ababa with a preparatory meeting of the AU Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC).
The 21st AU Assembly of the Heads of State and Government would be held between 26 and 27 May where adoption of various proclamations would take place.In order to ensure a transparent and all-inclusive commemorative summit and celebrations, the AU has, so far, accredited about 450 journalists from Africa and beyond, the statement said.
The journalists would receive a live feed of all proceedings through the web and Ethiopian TV-based broadcast.A media center and media hotspots would also be set up for the first time in AU’s history so as to ensure better coverage of the event.