The Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg has been selected as the host venue for the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), comprising membership from over 50 African countries. This will be the second largest Heads of State meeting held at Sandton Convention Centre in its 15 year history, the largest being the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.
“We are proud to be the host venue for this auspicious bi-annual event at which decisions that impact our continent will be made,” says Mati Nyazema, Executive Director of Sandton Convention Centre (SCC). “The requirements for international summit comprise a very wide range of the highest quality services and facilities, and high levels of security for the top ranking leaders and delegations who attend. As one of Africa’s largest purpose-built convention and exhibition centre, we are certainly the best venue for the job.”
The 24th AU Summit, which took place in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia in January 2015, covered a range of diverse topics such as the Ebola crisis, Boko Haram, safety and security in the African region, as well as development and administrative-related issues. The 24th AU Summit ended with a strong call for women empowerment in Africa as a step towards achieving the goals of Agenda 2063, which is a global strategy to optimise use of Africa’s resources for the benefit of all Africans.
“The Sandton Convention Centre is privileged to provide the ideal platform for such high level discussions and decision-making that shape our African continent,” says Nyazema
The SCC’s track record of successful major international events, which include Power Africa from 2009 to 2015; Africa Energy Indaba from 2010 to 2015; Totally Concrete from 2013 to 2015; Africities in 2015; the Global African Diaspora Summit 2012, the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Union 2013, the C40 Climate Reality Summit 2014, the phenomenally successful Days of the Dinosaurs in 2014; the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, and many others, bear testament to the venue’s capacity to deliver a world-class international event.
Sandton Convention Centre is located in Sandton business hub, adjacent to a wide range of accommodation, shopping malls, dining and entertainment option. This, together with its easy access to the Gautrain network and OR Tambo International Airport, are likely to have been factors in the organisers’ selection of the SCC as host venue.