ETHIOPIA: Steer Africa to prosperity, Cardinal Souraphiel tells AU

ADDIS ABABA JULY 12, 2016(CISA)-Cardinal Berhaneyesus  Souraphiel, Chairman of  Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa(AMECEA) has called on the African Union(AU) member states to work together to enable the continent achieve its intended goals.

“As the African Heads of States come together in Kigali, in Rwanda, I ask that we pray together for God’s guidance so that the Heads of States can find it within themselves to steer Africa and indeed our region to prosperity in fear of God,” Cardinal Souraphiel who doubles up as the representative of Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) to the AU said in a statement, July 10.

He said that when the leaders work together it shall “improve free movement of people in the continent and therefore reducing the existence of undocumented migrants and human trafficking.”

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adis Ababa further called on the leaders to implement Agenda 2063.

AU Agenda 2063 is vision and an Action Plan which calls for action to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny.

“The leaders need to embrace broad partnerships in ensuring participation of all the people of goodwill in implementing the agenda 2063.Bringing unity and solidarity in Africa, through prayer for God’s Grace and providence for the continent,” said Cardinal Souraphel.

The 27th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) under the theme:

“2016: Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women officially kicked off July10 2016 with the thirty-second (32nd) Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) at Kigali Convention Center (KCC) in Rwanda.

However, the Twenty-ninth (29th) Ordinary Session of the Executive Council will start tomorrow July 13.

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