The African Union Commission and the government of Kenya on Thursday signed an agreement to host African Union Organs in Kenya.
The agreement was signed at the AU Head Quarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Amina Mohamed and Chairperson of the AU Commission Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two parties, Kenya will host the Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR), the Pan African University’s Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovations (PAUISTI), as well as any other organ that may be hosted in Kenya with the authority of the Government of Kenya.
IBAR is already operational in Kenya.
Speaking during the signing of the memorandum, Dr. Zuma said that she was satisfied with the agreement.
She noted that the signing of the MOU means that “we can start putting structures in place for the Pan-African University where our youth will gain knowledge and skills to drive our economy.”
She thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for “moving swiftly on his prior agreement in hosting the campus for the Science and technology” saying that science is the way to go.
Ambassador Mohamed expressed her gratitude for being able to rapidly deliver the assignment given by President Kenyatta.
The Kenyan delegation to the signing ceremony was composed of Kenya’s Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Dr. Monicah Juma and others.
The AUC Chairperson was accompanied by her Chief Advisor Ambassador Baso Sangqu, Commissioner for Human Resources Science and Technology (HRST) Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga and the HRST Director Dr. Abdul-Hakim Elwaer.