Press release

Seychelles supports the call for a more performing African Union Commission

September 14, 2018

A two-day Retreat of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) came to an end at the seat of the AU.

The Retreat, a Decision of the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union, which took place on 1st and 2nd July 2018, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, geared towards ensuring that key elements be included in the establishment of a high performing efficient and effective AU Commission that is able to deliver on agreed continental priorities. In this regard, an extraordinary session of the Assembly of the Union is expected to take strategic decisions on the institutional reforms of the continental body.

Ministers and Ambassadors spoke of the need for a robust management and performance system of the African Union Commission; and provided initial options, proposed concrete strategies and recommendations to ensure that constructive follow ups and implementation of decisions to be taken on the Reform of the Commission at the November 2018 Extraordinary Summit.

Ambassador Barry Faure, Secretary of State and Executive Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, speaking to the subject said: “With our firm belief in good governance, transparency and accountability as core principles of democracy, Seychelles would like to join other Member States in requesting the Commission to implement a strong performance management system and introduce an effective sanctions regime to ensure full compliance to the Constitutive Act and the Rules and Procedures of the Union.” And on the restructuring of the leadership structure, Ambassador Faure spoke in favour of a leaner and a more efficient Commission whilst maintaining proper representation of the five regions of Africa.

While debating on the Reforms of the Administrative and Financial Management of the African Union Commission, strong views were expressed by Mr. Patrick Payet, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning, pre-dominantly on the lack of adherence to the financial rules and procedures. “The Commission needs to have an effective implementation plan with clear time-frames and specific deliverables for all departments” said. Mr. Payet. He further stressed on the need for the annual audit report to be submitted to the Permanent Representatives Committee of the AU prior to the adoption of the Annual Budget.

The Seychelles delegation also comprised of Ambassador David Pierre, Seychelles’ Permanent Representative to the AU in Addis Ababa, Ms. Cillia Mangroo, Principal Secretary for Trade, and Mrs. Johnette Stephen, Principal Counsellor, Embassy of Seychelles in Addis Ababa.