Africa: U.S. President On Historic Visit to the African Union


Addis Ababa — The President of the United States of America Barack Obama will on Tuesday 28 July 2015, pay an official visit to the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. President Obama will be the first U.S. President to ever visit the African Union. Upon arriving to the AU Headquarters, President Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with the African Union Commission

Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Commissioners. President Obama is also due to deliver a speech to the continent from the Nelson Mandela Hall at the AU Conference Centre, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"This is an historic visit to the African Union. And it will be my great pleasure to welcome President Barack Obama to the AU." Said the AU Commission Chairperson on the eve of the visit, adding that "it is also another concrete step to broaden and deepen the relationship between the AU and the US."

During the visit, the AU Commission Chairperson will take the opportunity to present Africa's priority areas as articulated in the Agenda 2063 framework document and the 10-year implementation plan, aimed at achieving Africa's vision for prosperity, integration and peace. Pledging his support to strengthen Africa-US relations President Obama had told AU the Commission when they met on 29 June 2013, in South Africa: