Leaders from across Africa met at the African Union's annual summit which opened in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame addressed his counterparts with his final speech as Chairman of the Union for the year 2018.
He stated: "Our objective was to continue building a stronger and a more capable African Union that is able to deliver on the pillars of Agenda 2063 and better represent Africa's interests on the global stage. The steps forward that were achieved reflect the long standing commitment and aspirations of Africa's leaders and citizens."
Kagame will be succeeded by Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is taking over as chair of the continental body.
"We are striving in favour of peace, security, stability, economic complementarity and continental integration of states and peoples. No doubt, that common understanding and mutual respect, are the best driving forces for our union," el-Sisi said.
This year's summit, which runs on 10th and 11th of February, will focus on institutional reforms as well as the establishment of a continent-wide free trade zone.