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 The establishment of our Organization, on this day, 25 May in 1963, in Addis Ababa, marked a pivotal turning point in the history of our Continent. Africa Day is also an opportunity for us to celebrate the significant progress made by the Continent since the inception of the OAU fifty four years ago and the transformation to the African Union we are today. Notable among them is the improvements in peace and stability, democratic governance, human development, the promotion and protection of human rights, the quest for accelerated regional and continental integration through the execution of the Regional and Continental projects, the establishment of gender parity in national and continental institutions, the reduction of infant and maternal mortality are so many other tangible peace dividends of which Africa may rightly feel proud.

Not withstanding this progress, Africa continues to face many challenges, including mainly population growth control, protection of the environment and climate change, migration, youth unemployment, terrorism, radicalization, various forms of trafficking, deficit of political and democratic governance, in brief, peace and security. After 54 years, the building of the unity of the African peoples is still a major task while the challenges, which Africans must take up

collectively, keep increasing.

 

With an average growth rate of 5% over the last 15 years, with six countries among the top 10 in the world's most dynamic economies, it is clear that Africa is one of the regions of the world where growth is definitely fastest but where challenges remain in reaping the full benefits of its all its human and natural resources. It was, therefore, in response to these immense challenges that, at the 24th Ordinary Session of  the Assembly of the African Union, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in January 2015, the African Heads of State and Government adopted Agenda 2063, establishing the most significant

structural transformation programme for Continent for the next 50 years. This ambitious programme is a challenge for all Africans and especially their leaders. The implementation of this programme will be carried out in several gradual steps, as provided for in the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan 2014-2023. In this sense, a number of priority flagship projects are being executed to hasten shared prosperity, namely: the liberalization of the African airspace, the Continental Free Trade Area, the African Raw Materials Strategy, the African Passport and the free movement of persons and goods, the Pan-African University, and the end of conflicts by silencing the guns by 2020.

 

 

February 01, 2017 Press Release

AUC Chairperson

Washington DC, 1 February 2017: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has appointed Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, a Ghanaian national, as the Permanent Representative of the African Union Representational Mission to the United States of America.  She is the second Permanent Representative to occupy the position. She replaces Amb. Amina Salum Ali, who held the position from 2007, when the AU Mission was opened.

 

The newly appointed Ambassador is very excited to join the AU and to be part of the African Union family and looks forward to working with the Chairperson and the Staff of the AU Commission as well as representing the African Union in the USA. Ambassador Chihombori-Quao brings renewed energy to the AU Mission as well as new ideas and programs for 2017. In her role, Amb. Arikana Chihombori-Quao will work towards fulfilling her mandate to improve diplomatic ties and enhance the existing good relations between the USA and the African Union, specifically as relates to advancing the priority areas of Agenda 2063.

 

Prior to her appointment, Amb. Arikana Chihombori-Quao was a renowned family medicine doctor in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she has been practicing medicine for the past 25 years.

 

Additionally, Amb. Arikana Chihombori-Quao has been actively involved in various programs and projects of the African Union. Since 2012, she has been the Chair of the African Union-African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI), where she is involved in mobilizing the African Diaspora health professionals to assist in addressing the healthcare needs of the African continent.

 

Her contributions to the cause of Africa have earned Amb. Arikana Chihombori-Quao many prestigious honors. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the recipient of several awards with the most cherished one being an achievement award received in 1996 from the incumbent president at the time, H.E. the late President Nelson Mandela of the Republic of South Africa.

 

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