Lusaka, June 19, 2019, ZANIS-----Zambia has called for the immediate relocation of the Secretariat of the Economic Social and Cultural Council(ECOSOCC) African Union Organ, from Addis Ababa to Lusaka.

Zambia's Permanent Representative to the African Union, Emmanuel Mwamba said this during a meeting held to discuss the 2020 budget funding for the operations of the African Union.

He said the funds proposed in the budget for the relocation, recruitment and operations of ECOSSOC must be supported by member states to ensure that the organ relocates from Addis Ababa to Lusaka.

Mr Mwamba said that Zambia has met all the conditions given with regards to the hosting of the Secretariat and expressed worry at the continued delays.

He also informed the meeting that a ceremonial launch took place in Lusaka last week, adding that there should be no further delays to the relocation of the Secretariate.

ECOSOCC is an advisory body of the African Union designed to give civil society organizations (CSOs) a voice within the AU institutions and decision-making processes.

It is made up of civil society organisations from a wide range of sectors including labour, business and professional groups, service providers and policy think- tanks, both from within Africa and the African diaspora.

This is contained in a statement Issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian Embassy in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, Inutu Mwanza.