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Economy, conflicts top AU summit agenda (2)

By Shaoxinlian, Huyao (Xinhua)

15:10, January 28, 2013


Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was elected Sunday as the AU chairperson for the next one year to follow the dream of peace and prosperity in Africa.

Among first duties, he is to lead a donor conference on Tuesday at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa for peacekeeping efforts in Mali.

He has less than 40 days before Kenya's general elections, seen as crucial for regional stability after violence witnessed in the previous polls.

In his acceptance speech, Desalegn promised to do his best to "achieve the ideals of the AU."

"We should deepen the roots of democratic governance. I will focus on our flagship projects on infrastructure, agriculture and industrialization," Desalegn pointed out.

He said he will focus on strategic plans to sustain Africa's economic growth and promote the continents' economic integration through intra-Africa trade.

The newly elected AU chief also voiced determination to contribute to the success of the MDGs in Africa by the deadline of 2015.

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