South Africa will on Sunday take over the reins of the African Union for the second time since 2002.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt will officially hand over the chairpersonship of the continental body to President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Opening Session of the AU Assembly.

This year’s AU Summit is being held under the theme: “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”. The summit will take stock of progress made and challenges to peace, stability and sustainable development in Africa.



Amongst issues on the agenda, the 2020 AU Assembly will consider the report of 35th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, the peace and security situation on the Continent, and draft legal instruments of the AU.

It will also receive presentations from various Heads of State and Government championing specific thematic issues of the Union including on malaria, migration, child marriage and health financing amongst others.