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Vol 54 No 12

Published 7th June 2013

Paying – and fighting – for unity

Nigeria’s ex-President Obasanjo proposes taxing hotels and airlines to make the AU independent of foreign governments

The African Union took some tentative steps at its 50th anniversary summit on 25-26 May to end what South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma called the organisation’s ‘unsustainable’ financial dependence on foreign (mainly Western) governments. On taking office as Chairperson of the AU Commission last October, Dlamini-Zuma had said she was shocked by the AU’s poor financial position and pledged to speed up efforts to find alternative sources of funding.

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