Addis Ababa, January 30 (WIC) – The 16th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government kicked off here on Sunday, January 30, 2011.
President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, took over the rotating presidency of AU from Malawian President Bing wa Mutharika during the morning session of the Summit.
Addressing the AU Summit, UN Secretary General, Ban ki moon, said African leaders need to go all-out for the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
However, the Secretary General hailed the successful referendum in South Sudan and the economic growth registered in the continent over the past years despite the global financial crises.
President Sarkozy also commended the economic growth registered in the content during the past three years.
AU Commission Chairperson, Jean Ping and Malawian President, Bingu Mutharika, were among the keynote speakers at the opening ceremony.