National Press Club

African Union Commission chairperson to speak at Wednesday's Headliners Luncheon

November 12, 2017 | By Heather Forsgren Weaver |

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, plans to discuss the role of a united and integrated Africa in the global community at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Wednesday.

Lunch will be served in the ballroom at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for Club members (members may purchase two tickets at this rate) and $39 for all other nonmember tickets.

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The speech at the Club is part of Mahamat’s three-day inaugural visit to Washington, where he is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and attend the 2017 AU-US High Level Dialogue.

Mahamat took office in March after winning a close contest against his Kenyan counterpart, Amina Mohamed. He is the fifth chairperson of the commission and the second Central African candidate. Prior to his election as chairperson, he served as the foreign minister of Chad, a position he had held since April 2008. He served as the prime minister of Chad from June 2003 to February 2005.

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Members who have a paid reservation to the luncheon and wish to attend the pre-luncheon reception must RSVP via email to at least 48 hours before the date of the luncheon. Space may be limited.