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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The leadership of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) are currently meeting today 4th June 2014 at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to update on issues of crucial importance with regard to the development agenda of the continent.

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank and Mr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the RECs representatives will for two days exchange views on infrastructure development and cross-border transit including the integrated high-speed train network; the implementation of the Inga Dam Project; the Pan African E-network; agriculture, continental free trade area and aviation development in the continent, among others.

Other items on the agenda of the meeting include: the development of a commodity strategy that will result in Africa regaining the pricing of key commodities and the establishment of the virtual university by consolidating African initiatives and strategies on accelerated human capital development, science, technology and innovation while capitalizing on the digital revolution and global knowledge. Agenda 2063 will also be at the center of discussion during the meeting of the three continental organizations.

Meanwhile, the three organizations will tomorrow 5 June 2014, meet at the level of the committee of ministers, to follow up on the implementation of the Bahir Dar Ministerial retreat and discuss issues arising from the e-mail from the future of Dr. Dlamini Zuma.

Journalists are invited to cover the opening ceremony of the ministerial meeting tomorrow 5 June 2014 from 9:30 – 10:00 am in the Small Conference Hall 4, New AU Conference Center.