The African Union summit has agreed that the continent should adopt some reform measures, to improve the effectiveness of the Union.

The summit dedicated the year 2018 to fighting corruption. It was held on 28th and 29th of January in Ethiopia.

The agenda on AU reforms was prepared by a committee led by Rwandan president Paul Kagame.

It outlines recommendations aimed at promoting the effectiveness of the African Union.

Among them is the idea that the  New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) be fully integrated into the AU Commission.

South Africa, which is a member, is opposed to the idea.

The summit tackled issues of peace security on the continent, but the internal conflict that begun in 2013 still persists.

South Africa says it will continue supporting the parties to end the war.The political crisis in Libya was also deliberated on.

President Jacob Zuma held a meeting with different heads of state and the United Nations chief António Guterres to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo, which for years has suffered different forms of conflict.

South Africa presented a report on the assessment of the partnership between the African Union and the United Nations.

Zuma has applauded the decision by the summit to dedicate 2018 to fighting corruption.

The African Union summit paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and praised his legacy of unity and reconciliation that the continent still looks up to.

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