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Monday, 8th May 2017
Amb. Mull Katende (extreme right) closing the 10th Retreat of the AU Peace a day Security Council at Hotel Mille Collines in Kigali on the May 2017.

The Peace and Security Council  (PSC) has concluded it's 10th Retreat held from 3rd to 5th May 2017 at Hotel Mille Collines, Kigali, Rwanda. Deliberations focused on improving the PSC Methods of work and reviewing the implementations of its previous decisions. Amb. Mull Katende, Uganda's Permanent Representative to the African Union, led the PSC Ambassadors on a courtesy call to H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda at his office in Kigali on 5 May 2017.

The Retreat was attended by all the 15 Member States of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), namely; Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. During the Retreat, members reviewed the PSC Methods of Work that have evolved since its first Retreat held in Dakar, Senegal in 2007.

In order to improve efficiency in the face of dynamic and evolving security situation in Africa, the PSC member States deliberated on a number of previous PSC decisions that have either not been implemented or partially implemented and drew lessons and good practices for greater efficacy. Conclusions and decisions have made in respect of the functioning of Subsidiary Subcommittees of the PSC; Consistency in the legal standing of PSC Retreat Outcomes; and Elaboration of Indicative Annual PSC Programme of Work and Draft Monthly Programmes.

The Retreat also deliberated and made decisions in  respect of PSC interactions with Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Mechanisms (RMs),  Special Representatives  (SRs) and Special Envoys (SEs) of the AU; Cooperation between the AU-PSC and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC); Collaboration with the United Nations and other International Organisationsa and Revitalisation of the African Union Peace Fund as well as the Human Resource Challenges facing the Peace and Security Department in providing the necessary support to the effective functioning of the Peace and Security Council.

On 5 May 2017, the PSC Ambassadors made a courtesy call on President Paul Kagame with whom they shared perspectives on Africa's security and development as well as the necessary reforms to make the African Union Commission (AUC) more responsive to pressing continental needs in the volatile global environment. In order for the AUC to make greater progress, President Paul Kavame undescored the importance of attitude of its managers at various levels; effective implementation of the African Union's plans which already exist; and treating the African Union as a going concern that can only thrive through constant engagement between key stakeholders.

In his closing remarks, Amb. Mull Katende congratulated the Retreat participants for their support, cooperation and fruitful deliberations aimed at promoting peace,  security and stability as prerequisites for Africa's development. He noted that the Retreat Conclusions will be formally adopted  in Addis Ababa to further enhance the efficacy of the PSC. He underscored the value of PSC Ambassadors interacting with African leaders when opportunity obtains. He also expressed appreciation to the government and the people of Rwanda for their warm hospitality and courtesies extended to the PSC delegation, and wished PSC Members a safe return to Addis Ababa.