DR Congo: Tshisekedi Takes Up Leadership Of ECCAS
By Badylon Kawanda Bakiman
After completing his term as President of the African Union, Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is now at the head of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
The ceremony relating to the transfer of symbols and powers took place last Wednesday, January 19, 2022 in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo on the occasion of the 20th Summit of Heads of State of ECCAS which took place in Congo Brazza .
Tshisekedi thus replaces his counterpart Denis Sassou N’guesso who has also finished his one-year term at the head of this regional structure.
The theme of this mandate at the head of ECCAS is “education, health and culture”; with the sub-theme: “train to empower” based on the 2063 agenda of the African Union.
“The exercise of the mandate of the DRC at the head of our organization will focus primarily on the improvement of human capital, but more specifically on the education, health and culture sectors, for the improvement of regional integration so that this can accentuate development in Central Africa”, declared President Tshisekedi in his speech.
The ECCAS Heads of State have decided that the next Summit of the Economic Community of Central African States will take place in July 2022 in Kinshasa. The Head of State returned home at the end of the afternoon.
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The Economic Community of Central African States is a group of African states created in 1983, comprising ten member states. In particular: the Republic of Angola, the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Gabonese Republic, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome & Principe and the Republic of Chad.