ZAMBIA’S Foriegn Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji has joined the African Union Executive Council Meeting as it prepare for the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State scheduled for next week.

In a statement issued from the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia by First Secretary for Press &Tourism, Inutu Mupango Mwanza on 2nd December, 2020, the African Union is holding a virtual Executive Council Meeting led by Foreign Ministers of members states.

“Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Joseph Malanji is leading a delegation comprising; Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Stephen Kampyongo, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Christopher Yaluma and Zambia‚Äôs Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba,” read the statement.

The meeting will consider the draft agenda for the 13th Extra-Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State scheduled for next week. The Extra-Ordinary Session is expected to ratify the operationalisation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) scheduled to start on 1st January, 2021.

Mrs Mwanza also said the Summit is also expected to consider the agenda on activities and efforts made on the theme of the the year: “Silencing the Guns”.

“Both the African Union Executive Council, and Extraordinary Assembly of Heads of State will be held virtually due to the conditions created by the Covid-19 pandemic.” she said.