The 11th extraordinary summit of the AU, held over the weekend in Addis Ababa, aimed at advancing the institutional reform of the union.
The meeting was seen as a last-ditch attempt to push through reforms that have been mulled for nearly two years. The reforms cover multiple aspects, including self-financing. It also introduced trimmed institutional structures within the African Union Commission, including cutting the number of commissioners from eight to six.
Speaking at a press conference Sunday at the conclusion of the two-day summit, Moussa Faki, the AU commission’s chair, said so far only 50 percent of the amount expected from member state’s contributions is received.
The African leaders have decided a battery of sanctions, including the suspension of states that do not make their annual financial contributions from membership, he said. “The first duty of a member state is to make its contribution,” Faki insisted.
During the 31st Ordinary Session of the AU Summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, in July this year, the continental bloc approved a budget of $681.5 million for financial year 2019.
The budget, excluding the peace-support operations, expects member states’ contribution to reach 66 percent while 34 percent is projected to be secured from the development partners.