The next African Union (AU) Summit of Heads of State and Government will take place from July 25-27, 2010, in Kampala, Uganda. The 15th session will be held on the theme: "Maternal, newborn and child health and development in Africa." The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will be represented in this major event by its president, Donald Kaberuka.
On the sidelines of the conference, there will be the 13th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Peer Review Mechanism, the 23rd Summit of the NEPAD Implementation Committee and the Joint Heads of State and Government meeting on climate change which will be attended by AfDB officials. These sessions will make it possible to provide an update on progress made by peer review national programs as well as NEPAD’s integration projects and programs. The meetings will also review partnership ties between Africa and other regions of the world, notably the continent’s relations with the G8 and G20, especially within the framework of development finance and efforts at checking climate change.
Mr. Kaberuka and his delegation will use the occasion to emphasize the role the AfDB is expected to play as the continent returns to the path to growth, especially after the recent tripling of its capital. Mobilizing more resources to support low-income African countries is a pressing need. The summit’s theme will be a call to donors and governments. The Kampala summit will seek to remind the world that, relatively to other parts of the world, the situation of African mothers and children is still very alarming. The summit will seek to provide new solutions to these pressing issues. Mr. Kaberuka and the AfDB will stand by African heads of state and government in their efforts to implement such solutions.
The AfDB contributes, in many ways, to efforts at attaining one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Improving living standards by developing new water infrastructure also implies reducing drudgery and promoting hygiene. Health is at the centre of all development activities.
Similarly, the African infrastructure development program (AIDP) will also be launched on July 24, 2010, in Kampala. The AfDB is the executing agency of the African infrastructure development program which is an ambitious initiative by the AfDB, the AU and NEPAD.
Mr. Kaberuka is expected to sign, alongside the Australian foreign affairs minister, Stephen Smith, a memorandum of understanding between the AfDB and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).