Ethiopia Proposes Amharic to Serve as Official Language of African Union

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has proposed for the adoption of Amharic as one of the working languages of the African Union.

The proposal was announced by Foreign Minister Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie during the opening session of the Executive Council of the African Union meeting on Wednesday.



Foreign ministers of the AU member states kicked off the 44th Extraordinary session of the Executive Council in Addis Ababa today.

“I wish to propose the inclusion of Amharic to the official language of the African Union,” said Ethiopia’s  new foreign minister in his debut remarks at the Council.

The proposal, he argued, is aligned with the AU’s Agenda 2063 goal of “empowering indigenous African languages to contribute to the progress of our continent.”

“Adopting amharic as the official language of the Union would honor Africa’s linguistic diversity and strengthen our collective identity as Africans,” he added.

Language has already left its mark on the history of the African Union. The Charter of its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), was signed in four languages including Amharic.

Currently, Amharic serves as the working language of Ethiopia – Africa’s second most populous nation with more than 120 million people.

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