Dozens of African heads of state and government gathered in
Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Sunday to discuss the continent's
political and economic integration issues.
The only theme of this summit is the "Grand Debate on the Union
The establishment of the African Union Government is part of a
proposal of realizing the continent's political and economic
integration by setting up a United States of Africa by 2015.
The union's 53 members have all agreed that the union's ultimate
objective is the political and economic integration of the
continent leading to the creation of the United States of Africa,
an idea pioneered by pan-Africanists, represented by the Republic
of Ghana's founding president Kwame Nkrumah.
However, differences exist over the modalities and the time
frame for achieving this goal and the appropriate pace of
(Xinhua News Agency July 2, 2007)