Ombudsman Institutions Said Decisive for Africa’s Stability
ሰኞ, 01 December 2014 09:37

The first bilateral conference of African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA) and the African Union (AU) took place here in Addis at Headquarters of AU from November 4th -5th of 2014.

Organized by the Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman (EIO) and AOMA in collaboration with the AU, the meeting deliberated intensively on the Role of the Ombudsman in building Democratic, Stable and Prosperous Societies in Africa.

Good Governance, public service performance and socio-political stability, peace and security mechanisms of AU, the Ombudsman’s role in strengthening democratic and transparent electoral process, joining forces for the ratification, domestication, popularization and implementation of the AU legal instruments and the OR Tambo Declaration were the centers of discussions. The deliberators forwarded their remarks on the issue of independency or autonomy of national ombudsman institutions and on means to lift them to their respective constitutional status.

Ethiopian Chief Ombudsman Fozia Amin in her deliverance on the occasion said, it is great opportunity and has a constructive message to Ethiopia in general and to Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman (EIO) in particular to host such historical conference at the Headquarters of AU here in Addis Ababa as Addis is the seat of many international organizations and embassies.

H.E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, in his opening speech remarked on Ethiopia’s endeavor in the realization of human rights and good governance to ensure the national interest of the entire society. For the implementation of the laws, Ethiopia created local institutions such as judiciary, ombudsman, general auditor, anti-corruption commission and human rights commission so as to engage in comprehensive public service, the president added.

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H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the AU Commission Chairperson, on her part, recommended the consultation between the AOMA and the AU to rise above the immediate challenges the continent faces. According to her remarks, in order to ensure a liberated Africa and create a better future for coming generation, ombudsman institutions should undoubtedly form balance between the executive and the entire society. As the considerable number of African people comprises the young, it would not be contentious to have ombudsman institutions so as to help invest on this member of the society, she underscored. Agriculture, health and education were part of the agendas obtained due consideration by the AUC Commissioner. On the occasion, president of the international Ombudsman Institute, President of AOMA and other delegates delivered a key note speech.

The 4th General Assembly of the Association also followed on the following days. The Assembly deliberated on different internal matters of the association including the last four years performances, the successes achieved, challenges faced and prospects supposed, and also ratified different resolutions.

Finally, the Assembly also voted on the nominees for the next President, Vice presidents and the General Secretary of the Executive Committee where Chief Ombudsman of Ethiopia Mrs. Fozia Amin was elected for the presidential seat

መጨረሻ የተሻሻለው በ ሰኞ, 22 December 2014 11:18