During his weeklong visit to Africa, President Obama met with African Union Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Pretoria, South Africa on June 29, where he underscored the importance of the African Union’s leadership in advancing development and democracy and leadership on regional peace and security across the continent. The president expressed a U.S. commitment to broadening and deepening the U.S. – African Union partnership.
President Obama also congratulated Chairperson Dlamini-Zuma on the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) /African Union. AAI’s 60th Anniversary Awards Gala on September 25 at the New York Hilton will honor the African Union with the first-ever AAI Institutional Legacy Award, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The AU will be honored in recognition of the organizations’ intertwining histories since their respective creation. Chairperson Dlamini-Zuma will accept the award on behalf of the AU.
AAI President and CEO Amini Kajunju and an AAI delegation traveled to Ethiopia for the Africa Summit to engage in 50th Anniversary activities on Africa Day, May 25.