Pretoria – Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to South Africa Mahash Saeed Alhameli on Thursday hosted an event to celebrate Africa Day.
President of the Pan African Parliament Chief Fortune Charumbira was the guest of honour.
Africa Day commemorates the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) 60 years ago, and its transformation 20 years ago into the African Union (AU).
“As a friend of Africa and an observer member of the African Union; the United Arab Emirates celebrates and acknowledges the successes of the African Union,” Ambassador Alhameli said.
The day focused attention on the development of the continent, regional integration, the opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA), and the human, cultural, and natural treasures of Africa.
Africa Day also seeks to promote the African Agenda and strengthen the African Union institutions and policies towards the realisation of the continent.
This year’s Africa Month programme was celebrated under the theme: “Deepening the AU Vision for Unity for Africa through Prosperity, Peace and Modernity for a Better Africa and a Better World.”