President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been appointed to the African Union (AU) Panel of the Wise for the Western Africa region by the AU Assembly at its just-ended 29th Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Assembly endorsed the appointment in conformity with Article 11 (2) of the PSC Protocol, the recommendations made by the Chairperson of the AU Commission regarding the appointment of the new members of the panel.
The Assembly also appointed Dr. Speciosa W. Kazibwe of Uganda, and Mr. Armah Moussa of Egypt, responsible for Eastern and Northern Africa Regions, while Mrs. Catherine Samba-Panza from Central African Republic was named in charge of Central African Region and Mr. Hifikepunye Pohhamba, former President of Namibia for Southern Africa Region.
The panel will serve three-year tenure.
The Assembly further decided that the outgoing members of the Panel of the Wise shall become members of the Group of Friends of the Panel in line with the Assembly’s decision and the related report of the Chairperson of the Commission.
The AU requested the Chairperson of the Commission to ensure that the required support is placed at the disposal of the AU Panel of the Wise to enable it fully discharge its mandate, particularly through proactive preventive engagement, among others.
President Sirleaf and delegation returned home Wednesday following the close of the Assembly.