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4th session of the AU Conference of Ministers of Sport opens

4th session of the AU Conference of Ministers of Sport opens

ADDIS-ABABA, 20 OCTOBER 2011- The African Union Commission (AUC), through the Department of Social Affairs opened the Ministerial Session of the Fourth Conference of African Union Ministers of Sport (CAMS4), today 20 October 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Organized under the theme “Consolidation of the African Renaissance through the Sport “, the CAMS4 started on 17 October at experts’ level, primarily focused on the Future Architecture for African Sport.

The CAMS4 was chaired by H.E ADV. Bience Gawanas, Commissioner for the Department of Social Affairs, AUC; and Mr. Yusuf Suleiman, Minister of Sport, Chairman National Sport’s Commission of the federal Republic of Nigeria.

In her opening remarks Commissioner Gawanas said “this theme was chosen as we believe that Africa can face major challenges through reclaiming our identity and our culture. Furthermore, it is Sport which has put our men and women on the world stage. It is through sport that we can create our Shared values of belonging and community. It is therefore my hope that your debates and deliberations would significantly pave the way towards the materialization of the historic quest for African integration and development and to make African Renaissance a reality”.

The Commissioner pointed out a number of significant progresses regarding the mandate to facilitate the establishment of a new African Sport Architecture (ASA) and to conduct further studies on the integration of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) into the Commission. Among them, establishment of a Division of Sport in the Department of Social Affairs to enhance the capacity of delivery on sport; and in-depth  studies on the ASA and integration of the functions of the SCSA into the Commission. (the complete speech of the Commissioner is available at www.africa-union.org)

Speaking later, Mr. Suleiman, reminded the Assembly of the successful hosting in Africa of several sport events, such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the Republic of South Africa and the 10th All-Africa Games in the Republic of Mozambique. He added that these achievements “are proof enough that Africa’s Renaissance through Sport has already begun”.

Besides, Mr. Suleiman declared that this Conference was called for the consideration of the report and recommendations of the experts meeting as well as considered the dates and venue for the 5th Session of AU-CAMS. In this view, he offered on behalf of his country, Nigeria, to host the SCSA Extraordinary General Assembly in 2012.

Participants at the CAMS4 were gathered from Ministers in charge of sport and Experts/Officials from AU Member States, the AU Commission, AU Organs, International and Continental Sport Organisations, International Organisations and Agencies, and Regional Economic Communities.

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