Skip to main content

EXCLUSIVE: PM Abiy At The AU: Agenda 2063, Environmentalism, Pan-Africanism, And UN Reform

The Ethiopian leader reaffirmed his commitment to the interconnected visions of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance after reminding everyone of the continent’s struggles during the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Andrew Korybko
—  American political analyst


Prime Minister Abiy welcomed everyone on Saturday to the 35th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Assembly. His remarks articulated an ambitious vision of comprehensively supporting African interests. The Ethiopian leader reaffirmed his commitment to the interconnected visions of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance after reminding everyone of the continent’s struggles during the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. These crucially included vaccine inequality, arbitrary restrictions against certain countries, and disinformation.

Everything that he shared in his speech revolves in one way or another around fulfilling the Agenda 2063 vision that was agreed to in 2013. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the AU website describes this as “Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity pursued under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.”

PM Abiy informed everyone that this year’s theme is nutrition and food security, which is especially pertinent considering that food insecurity across Africa rose by a whopping 60% over the past year due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate-related natural disasters. Since Africa has 60% of the world’s arable land, it’s therefore fitting for its dozens of countries to prioritize this theme not only over the coming year, but forever going forward. Ethiopia can lead the way after substantially improving agricultural production over the past two years through PM Abiy’s irrigation projects.

Deforestation must also be countered, and it’s here where Ethiopia can once again set a positive example for its African peers. PM Abiy proudly announced that his Green Legacy Initiative of planting 20 billion trees across a four-year period will be surpassed by the end of the year with a total of 25 billion trees. He suggested that Ethiopia could share its experiences with others in order to spread the Green Legacy Initiative across the entire continent.

Equally important for PM Abiy is that Africa is finally afforded the international representation that it deserves and can have its voice heard loud and clear by everyone. In particular, he proposed that the continent be granted no less than two permanent seats at the UN Security Council (UNSC) and five non-permanent ones in order to no longer be that global body’s junior partner as he described it. Africa must also be represented better in the media, to which end he proposed the AU Continental Media House.

This will “provide authoritative news and information on our continent, fight disinformation, promote our collective agenda and offer opportunities for Pan African voices to be heard.” Ethiopia, after all, knows just how important this is after being victimized by fake news and other forms of external meddling over the past year. Thankfully, African countries stood in solidarity with Ethiopia and helped it repel these Hybrid War aggressions

PM Abiy even proclaimed that “The greatest lesson that Ethiopia learned over the past year is that without the solidarity of our African brothers and sisters, our existence as a nation would have been at great risk.” This shows how appreciative he and his people are of their African peers. On the topic of peace, the Ethiopian leader informed everyone of the efforts that his government has undertaken to resolve its current conflict. This importantly counteracted false claims about its actions and intentions.

Overall, PM Abiy’s remarks at the 35th ordinary session of the AU Assembly were impressive. He displayed his keen insight into continental matters and shared his ambitious vision for bringing about Africa’s shared prosperity across the coming decades. In this sense, he personally embodies Ethiopia’s historical role as the cradle of Pan-Africanism. All Africans and other peace-loving people across the world should be very proud of him and wish him nothing but success in his noble endeavors.


Popular posts from this blog

Thousands Attend Funeral For Four Muslims Killed By Police In Addis Ababa

                                           ADDIS ABABA – Thousands of Muslims gathered today for the funeral of Anwar Surur, Zubair Mudasir, Ibrahim Danbal and Jemil Redwan killed by police in Addis Ababa following Juma'a Friday Prayers at the Grand Anwar Mosque. Three of the four Zubair, Anwar and Ibrahim were killed yesterday after the Juma'a prayers were completed at the Grand Anwar Mosque while Jemil Redwan, was among those who were seriously injured in last week’s crackdown and has since been receiving medical treatment before he succumbed to his injuries. Their bodies were laid at Addis Ababa Kolfe Muslim Cemetary. And from yesterday's shooting Mukerem Asrar, Yonatan Mulugeta and Tadele Wabada are said to be in a critical condition at AaBET hospital, Addis Ababa. Reports also indicate that Yonatan and Tadele were shot while heading to work. Siraj Mohammed and Abubaker Elias were killed by police last week, May 26, when Muslims protested the demolition Mosques in Sha

Ethiopia's Chief of the Electoral Board Resigns Amid Row with TPLF

                                     Addis Ababa – Chief of the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), Birtukan Midekssa,  announced on her social media page that she has resigned from her post as Chairwoman of the NEBE effective August 7, 2023.  "I need to have a long term rest in order to maintain my health", she wrote on her facebook page.  Birtukan wrote that two weeks ago she had informed the office of the Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives (HoPR) her decision to resign "voluntarily".  In the coming month as she prepares for her departure, she said she will be responsible for completing unfinished tasks and making administrative transitions. A former judge and a veteran opposition party leader, she was appointed as Chairperson of the Board when the national parliament approved her nomination by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in November 2018. “I had a dream of transforming our institution into a reliable and independent institution capable of co

State of Emergency declared in Ethiopia's Amhara region

August 04, 2023, ADDIS ABABA – Today, Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers declared a State of Emergency in Amhara Regional State following a slowly escalating military confrontation between Fano militia and regional security forces as well as Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF).  This decision comes after the Amhara Regional State President, Dr. Yilikal Kefale, called on the federal government to intervene and take measures against the Fano armed group. “It is essential to take emergency actions to maintain public safety and security and to enforce law and order", read the statement from the Council of Ministers. The Council stated that the government has been making repeated calls for peace so that all armed groups follow the path of the law and peace. However, the statement read, the “political, social and economic activities of the region is heavily hampered because of the attacks being carried out by armed extremist groups.” Yesterday, the President of Amhara Regional State,