Heads of states and governments of members countries walk during the opening session of the 11th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on November 17, 2018. / AFP / Monirul BHUIYAN
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African Union leaders Sunday finally agreed measures compelling members states to pay their dues as part of a drive to reform a body often seen as toothless and donor-dependent.In proposals unveiled last year, Kagame envisioned a more narrowly focused AU headed by a powerful commission whose bills were covered by its 55 member states rather than foreign donors.The AU currently depends on foreign donors, who in 2019 will pay for 54 percent of a total budget of $681.5 million.The U.S. mission to the AU issued a statement saying it supports the AU's self-funding goals but opposed "trade measures" to achieve them.
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