50th Anniversary Of The OAU/AU In Southern Africa


The year 2013 marks fifty (50) years since the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)/the African Union (AU). Since its establishment on 25 May 1963, the OAU/AU has made steady progress in the pursuit of regional and continental integration. Some notable achievements include the adoption of the Lagos Plan of Action and the Final Act of Lagos in April 1980; the signing of the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (AEC), the “Abuja Treaty”, in June 1991; the adoption of the Sirte Declaration in September 1999; the establishment of institutions such as the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Pan-African Parliament; and the commencement of preparatory work on the establishment of the pan-African Financial Institutions, namely, the Africa Central Bank, the African Investment Bank and the African Monetary Fund.

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