5TH African Union Ministers Conference Ends In Abidjan

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The 5th Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Sport (CAMS5) was held at Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from 25-26 July 2013 with the theme “Harnessing the power of sport to contribute to the broader government development agenda”.

Ghana was represented by the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Joseph Yammin, who actively participated in the deliberations.

The Ministerial meeting explored initiatives of harnessing the power of sport towards broader national development and also examined measures to address the declining performance of African teams at major international sports events.

The meeting also considered concrete measures and steps for the implementation of the new Architecture for Sport in Africa that was adopted at the fourth session.

After protracted deliberations, the Ministers adopted a Report of the AU Commission and took the following decisions among other things:
• The dissolution of the Supreme Council for Sport (SCSA) in African must be finalised;
• The functions of SCSA must be transferred to the AU Commission (AUC);
• A committee, including experts from each of the Sport Development Regions, must oversee the dissolution process of SCSA;
• An Africa Fund for Sport Development will be established from the income of the Africa Games to which Member States must also contribute;
• The Specialised Technical Office for the African Sport Architecture will be based in Cameroon;
• The African Union Commission should engage with international sport confederations to relax restrictive and stringent requirements for hosting of international sport events;
• The Commission should accord priority to the implementation of the decisions of the CAMS and of the African Sport Architecture;
• Member States should introduce anti-doping in education programmes at all levels;
• Member States should promote netball for it to become an Olympic sport.
The Meeting was also briefed on the preparation of the All African Games, Brazzaville, Congo in 2015 by Honorable Minister of Sports from Congo.

The Minister noted that the country has an approved budget of 100 billion CFAs to be used for the Games, including for the improvement of infrastructure.
The Republic of Kenya offered (for the adoption of the CAMS5) to host the next conference (CAMS6) in October 2015.

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