20190626 135937The 56th Africa Day was celebrated on Thursday, 20th June 2019, at the Institute of African Culture in Oslo. The event organized by the African diplomatic missions accredited to Norway (Algeria, Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan and Tunisia) saw participation of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tore Hattrem, other representatives of Norwegian authorities, members of diplomatic corps, African diaspora and friends of Africa.

In his opening speech, H.E. Mr. Ali Hafrad, as the Dean of the Group of African Ambassadors in Norway, highlighted that the celebration of the Africa Day is considered a symbol and expression of the struggle of the African peoples for liberation, justice and economic and social development, and that the celebration of this day is a tradition deeply rooted in all African countries and the diaspora.

Ambassador emphasized that by celebrating the Africa Day, we were actually witnessing and celebrating all the progress and success achieved by the continental organization both, in the struggle against domination, oppression, colonialism and the apartheid, and in the economic and social fields, strengthening of the rule of law, human rights and good governance.

He also mentioned that this year, the African Union had chosen to celebrate this day under the theme: Year of Refugees, Repatriates and Internally Displaced Persons: for Sustainable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa.
Ambassador added that Agenda 2063, which is a strategic framework for sustainable growth by 2063, constituted the African common vision revolving around people centred transformation and aiming to build “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”

He concluded by reiterating the importance of the relationship between Norway and the African Union and the strength of their strategic partnership, as demonstrated by the new agreement concluded in December 2018 for a period of three years, and which aims to further strengthen the political dialogue and cooperation between the two parties. Finally, he welcomed the establishment of a Norwegian permanent mission to the African Union in October 2018, which was another milestone on the road of strengthening of this relationship.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oslo, June 27th 2019