African Union self-funding plan in trouble


By ALLAN OLINGO
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African Union’s plan to self-finance seems to have run into trouble after members failed to agree on the proposal to levy tax on imports to fund the AU Commission’s activities.

This was one of the proposals by current AU chairperson, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, when he took over the reins of the continental body in January.

At last week’s Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, attended by only 22 of the 55 heads of state, and government representatives, no substantial progress was reported on the institutional reforms at the Union.

“There was some disagreement among members on President Kagame’s proposal, with countries failing to agree on the application of 0.2 per cent levy on eligible imports in order to fund the Union,” said a source who attended…

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