The recently concluded 28th Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia hailed on significant progress in Africa.
The two-day summit is held under the theme "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth” saw the leaders hail many socio-economic gains made on the continent.
Speaking at the opening of the summit, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former Chairperson of the AU Commission, hailed progress on areas from free movement of persons to railway development to ending child marriage.
Dlamini-Zuma hailed the fastest economic growth being registered by African countries notably Ethiopia, DR Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Rwanda.
Dlamini-Zuma noted that countries such as Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, which are also amongst the fastest-growing economies in the world have started to open their skies to fellow African countries. She called on other African countries to join in.
She commended 13 African countries for making commitment to lead in launching the single African aviation market in 2017.
Also of concern was that fighting broke out again in Juba South Sudan, Dlamini-Zuma called on the parties involved to honor the agreement to ensure peace, reconciliation and justice.
On the sidelines of the summit, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks with UN Chief António Guterres and agreed that Kenya will resume participation in South Sudan peacekeeping force. Kenya was assigned Darfur command.