President Yoweri Museveni has received a special message from President Vladimir Putin of Russia to the heads of State and Governments of the African Countries in his capacity as Chairman East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
“Please accept my sincere greetings on the occasion of the anniversary of the African Union. The creation of this unique structure half a century ago became an important milestone on the road of the peoples of Africa towards ensuring peace, security, stability, mutual understanding and good neighbourship on the continent,” President Putin said, describing the African Union as an efficient mechanism of multilateral political, economic and humanitarian cooperation, as well as of coordination of its members actions in the international arena.
The message was delivered to the President by Russia’s ambassador to Uganda Sergei Shishkin at State House in Entebbe.
President Putin said Russia appreciates the constructive role of this Pan-African association in regional and international affairs and supports its efforts aimed at addressing topical issues of crisis management, peacekeeping, post-conflict reconstruction and sustainable social-economic development.
“We are interested in building partnership with the African Union, including the framework of the UN, the group of eight, the group of twenty, the BRICS and other international fora, and in the all round strengthening of the traditionally friendly relations with all countries of the African Continent,” he said.
President Museveni last week attended the anniversary celebrations in Addis Ababa Ethiopia held under the theme“Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance”.
The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). It will also be a little more than a decade since the formation of the African Union, which seeks to promote “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena”. Consequently, the Heads of State declared the year 2013 the Year of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance.
The anniversary is celebrating African narratives of past, present and future that will enthuse and energize the African population and use their constructive energy to accelerate a forward looking agenda of Pan-Africanism and renaissance in the 21st century. It provides a unique opportunity, and comes at a moment when Africa is on the rise, and must therefore build its confidence in its future.