Joint Ministerial Conference on Agriculture and Trade postponed because of lack of quorum


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 25, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The African Union Commission regrets to announce the postponement of the AU Joint Conference of Ministers of Agriculture and Ministers of Trade, which was scheduled to take place from 29 October to 02 November 2012 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Consequent upon the low response/confirmation of attendance by Member States, it was difficult for the Commission to attain the mandatory quorum for convening a Ministerial Conference. The current scenario of a potential failure to attain the quorum has made the postponement of the Ministerial Conference and the Expert’s meeting imperative.

Following internal consultation, the Commission wishes to state that while the Joint Ministerial Conference for Agriculture and Trade has now been postponed to a date to be communicated very soon, the Commission reaffirms that the dates of the two special events listed below remain unchanged.

The two special events on 31 October 2012 are:

• Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS) Commemoration.

• Launching of the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa.

These events will take place at the AU Commission, starting at 09:00hrs

More information on the meetings will be posted on the African Union Commission websites and in due course.

Media personnel are invited to attend and cover the two events.


African Union Commission (AUC)

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