The 19th AU summit in Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa just ended. The overall theme of the summit was touted as “Intra-African Trade”. With 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the word being located in Africa, trade between old foes will be important for the prosperity and growth of the continent.

The 19th AU Summit had a goal to share “Intra-African Trade” with other ongoing disputes throughout the continent. The border disputes between the Sudan and South Sudan, the terrorist concerns in North Mali, and the rebel violence in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo are just some of the topics that was debated.

Western nations were interested in the appearance of newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. This marked President Morsi’s first appearance on an international platform. President Morsi was urged by the US and other nations to consolidate power with the military — which is still holding power as it did before the democratic elections last month.

You can learn more about the 19th AU Summit online here.

About Jason Ladieu

Jason is from Bellingham, Massachusetts, a small suburb between Providence and Boston. He is currently enrolled as an undergraduate student majoring in international business at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After working in the commercial and personal loan industry he became interested in microfinancing. When Jason is not working or attending school, he is interested in Boston-based sports teams, meeting new people, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation he plans to work in the personal finance industry while earning his MBA.