APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The German government on Monday in Addis Ababa held a ceremony to launch a project for a building for the African Union (AU) Commission Peace and Security Council (PSC) with a 26.5 million Euro budget.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the visiting high-ranking delegation of the German Federal Parliament, headed by Mr Herbert Frankenhauser, with Mrs. Lieselore Cyrus, the German ambassador to Ethiopia and the AU.
“The project is being funded by the Federal Republic of Germany to the tune of 26.5 million Euros. This is part of an overall assistance portfolio amounting to approximately 100 million Euros for German funded projects for the AU,” said a joint statement by AU and Germany.
The German aid agency, GIZ is the implementing agency for the project. The project will be executed by Ethiopian construction companies.
“The African Union has commissioned the construction of the building for the Peace and Security Department, which is currently located in various buildings inside and outside the African Union Compound,” said the statement.
The Chairperson of the Commission Jean Ping expressed his appreciation for the support provided by the German government to the AU’s effort to ensure peace, security and stability on the continent.
He said that the building will “not only accommodate the present and future staff of the department, but also a Plenary Hall for the meetings of the Peace and Security Council, a library, operations room, situation room and conference rooms, amongst others ; all aimed at alleviating the current office space problem faced by the Peace and Security Department”.
Mr. Herbert Frankenhauser stressed, that peace and security on the African continent is unthinkable without the African Union.
He lauded the AU’s guidelines to search for and find “African solutions for African problems”.
Currently, a new complex of a 21 storey building, including a conference hall, is being constructed by the Chinese government for the AU commission as part of Chinese cooperation with Africa.
The new AU complex being built at a cost of $ 150 million investment is expected to be finalized in 2012.