In Midrand (South Africa), the Committee of Heads of State and Government for the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) have announced the 6 new states that will join the structure in the future.
Madagascar, Sudan, Namibia, Malawi, Lesotho and Benin were officially admitted to the Committee at the 11th African Union summit held last July in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. They join together Ethiopia, Rwanda, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Cameroon, Congo, DR Congo and Gabon . Thus, the Implementation Committee of NEPAD will consist of 20 member states.
The summit had also decided that the country of the current chairman of the AU is automatically a member. In this regard, “the same source, Tanzania, a country of the current Chairman of the AU, will participate in future meetings of the Implementation Committee.
The three-day meeting in Midrand has also reviewed the progress made in implementing the NEPAD, the conclusions of the 19-th meeting of the Implementation Committee and the 11th summit of the AU, and progress in the integration of NEPAD into the structures of the AU.