Grand Fair and Bazaar showcasing African culture, fashion and music marks the celebration of the African Union (AU) Day.
The four-day Fair and Bazaar from 9 to 12 September is part of the commemorative activities organized by the pan-African bloc to mark the AU Day at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
It has featured sample of the very best of African culture, with various stands specializing in handmade and bespoke goods, including jewelry, African wax prints, African literature, handmade clothing, natural beauty products, health remedies and African artifacts among others.
Officially opening the event, Fatima Acyl, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, acknowledged the role played by the founding fathers in the liberation of the continent and recalled that their ideals of Africa's freedom and independence remain the main principle in the organizational culture of the African Union.
"The African Unity Grand Fair and Bazaar therefore becomes a platform to promote African business in bringing together small businesses in Ethiopia and providing space for them to promote their products and interact," she underlined.
The ongoing activity which has been open to AU staff and diplomats, also displays variety of African food.
Amin AbdulKader, Ethiopian Minister of Culture and Tourism, underscored the significance of the Bazaar saying it has many advantages for Ethiopia in particular and Africa as a whole.
"This event can be a great platform to promote our tourism products and services, cultural and natural attractions to various diplomats and potential tourists. It contributes highly to the building of positive image of Africa," said the Minister.
"Africa has much to offer to the rest of the world because the continent has a long history and diverse cultures. The richness of these cultures are expressed through the daily life of the people such as traditional foods and drinks, music among others," he said.
Speaking on behalf of the AU Staff Association, Azeb Gebremedhin, noted that the event provides opportunity for staff and the participants to appreciate African culture, music, unique culinary dishes and products.
The African Union Day celebrated every 9th September across the continent, finds its origins in the Sirte Declaration which was adopted on 9th September, 1999 to establish the African Union.