President Sata expected at AU summit tomorrow

20th African Union Summit

President Michael Sata is tomorrow, Wednesday the 29th of January expected in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 22nd African Union summit.

The Theme for the summit is 2014 Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa.

Zambia%u2019s Ambassador to Ethiopia Suzanne Sikaneta has confirmed that President Sata will be among several African leaders who will be attending the summit.

The president is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa around 14:00 hours.

Meanwhile, the African Union has urged African Journalists to better report on issues pertaining to the continent.

Speaking today during the official opening of an African Journalists and Editors training workshop organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Partnership with the African Union Information and Communication Directorate on the sidelines of the 22nd AU summit, African Union Commission Director of Information and Communication, Habiba Mejri-Cheikh says it is the AU wish to create a cadre of Journalists that not only understands, but also interrogates Africa%u2019s progress in its quest for development.

QFM’s David Bweupe reports from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that Mrs. Habiba encouraged African Journalists attending the training to take advantage of the experts%u2019 knowledge at their disposal throughout the summit.

She noted that the media are considered as one the key stakeholders for the African Union, and that the Commission will continue to grow its relation with the media.

And speaking at the same function, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Representative to Ethiopia, Arne Schildberg noted that the media has a vital role in contributing towards economic and social change in Africa.

Mr. Schildberg says FES believes that a strong and independent media is informs and empowers society.

He adds that FES recognizes the power of the African media in promoting dialogue and accountability throughout the African continent.

He explains that the training for African Journalists is therefore an effort to create a viable forum for critical deliberations among media professionals between the African Union and the Media.

The training has attracted Journalists from a number of African countries including Zambia.