Addis Ababa, June 17 (WIC) - The 17th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) is scheduled to take place from 23 June to 1st July 2011 in Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Holding under the theme: “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”, the 17th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union will officially kick off on Thursday 23 June 2011, with the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC).

Meanwhile, prior to their meeting in Malabo, the Ambassadors who form the PRC have already started deliberating the agenda of the Summit at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In Malabo, the Ambassadors of the AU Member States meeting at their 22nd Ordinary Session, will for two days (23-24 June 2011) share views on a number of issues including: Consideration of the report of the PRC sub-committees such as the report of the advisory sub-Committee on administrative, budgetary and financial matters on the draft budget for 2012 and on the status of implementation of the new AU staff regulations and rules, amongst others.

The PRC will further exchange views on specific reports including the report of the sub-committee on structures; activities on multilateral cooperation; refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa; economic and trade matters; and the report on the NEPAD Agency. They will consider the working documents and draft decisions in preparation for the 19th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council.

The17th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, which is scheduled to take place from 30 June - 1 July 2011, is expected to adopt the Decisions and Recommendations of the 19th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, which will meet from June 26 to 28, as well as the Declarations of the Summit. /African Press Organization (APO)

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