African Union Commission - AUC

The Commission is the African Union’s secretariat. Its specific functions, as set out in article 3 of the Commission Statutes includes:

 

Represent the AU and defend its interests under the guidance of and as mandated by the Assembly and Executive Council Work out AU draft common positions and coordinate Member States’ actions in international negotiations
Initiate proposals to be submitted to the AU’s organs as well as implement decisions taken by them Manage the AU budget and resources
Act as the custodian of the AU Constitutive Act and OAU/AU legal instruments Elaborate, promote, coordinate and harmonize the AU’s programmes and policies with those of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
Provide operational support for all AU organs Ensure gender mainstreaming in all AU programmes and activities
Assist Member States in implementing the AU’s programmes Take action as delegated by the Assembly and Executive Council. evolution

 

The Commission was established under article 5 of the AU Constitutive Act. It is the successor to the OAU General Secretariat.

The Commission is composed of a chairperson, deputy chairperson and eight commissioners, plus staff (Constitutive Act, article 20; Commission Statutes, article 2). The Assembly elects the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson for renewable four-year terms and appoints the Commissioners, who are elected by the Executive Council for four-year mandates (Commission Statutes, article 10). As of January 2014, the Commission had 1444 staff including those at Headquarters and regional offices. 

The Chairperson of the Commission is the Chief Executive Officer and legal representative of the AU and the Commission’s Accounting Officer (Commission Statutes, article 7). The Chairperson is directly responsible to the Executive Council for the discharge of his or her duties. Article 8 of the Commission Statutes outlines the Chairperson’s functions, including Chairing all Commission meetings and deliberations:

• Undertaking measures aimed at promoting and popularising the AU’s objectives and enhancing its performance

• Submitting reports requested by the Assembly, Executive Council, Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), committees and any other organs

• Preparing the AU budget and strategic planning documents

• Acting as a depository for all AU and OAU treaties and legal instruments

• Facilitating the functioning, decision-making, and reporting of all AU organ meetings, and ensuring conformity and harmony with agreed AU policies, strategies, programmes and projects

• Consulting and coordinating with Member States’ governments, other institutions and the RECs on the AU’s activities, and carrying out the AU’s diplomatic representations

• Appointing and managing Commission staff

• Assuming overall responsibility for the Commission’s administration and finances

• Preparing the annual report on the AU and its organs’ activities. The Chairperson of the Commission is elected by the AU Executive Council and appointed by the Assembly for a four-year term, renewable once (Commission Statutes, article 10). 

AUC Chairperson

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, born on 21 June 1960, was elected as the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson on 30 January 2017 and assumed office in March 2017.

A constitutional lawyer by profession, Chairperson Faki has occupied senior governmental positions in a career that has spanned over 30 years and includes tenure as foreign minister and Prime Minister in his native country Chad.

At the continental level and during his tenure as Foreign Minister of Chad, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat chaired the United Nations Security Council for the month of December 2015. He also chaired the Peace and Security Council of the AU in September 2013 and steered the Nairobi Extraordinary Summit on the fight against Terrorism. He also served as chairman of the AU Executive Council. Chairperson Faki has a formidable global reputation as a peace broker in Africa in a career that has placed a central focus on peace and security issues in Africa.

As Chairperson of the Commission, Chairperson Faki is the Chief Executive Officer, legal representative, and Chief Accounting Officer. He is directly responsible to the Executive Council for the discharge of his duties.

AUC Commissioners
Eight commissioners are elected by the AU Executive Council and appointed by the Assembly. Appointments are declared during the Assembly Summit following the Executive Council elections. Terms are for four years, renewable once (Commission Statutes, article 10). Under article 6 of the Commission Statutes, the region from which the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson are appointed is entitled to one commissioner each. All other regions shall be entitled to two commissioners. At least one commissioner from each region shall be a woman. The Commissioners support the Chairperson in running the Commission through their assigned portfolios: peace and security; political affairs; infrastructure and energy; trade and industry; social affairs; rural economy and agriculture; human resources, science and technology; and economic affairs. Commissioners have the responsibility to implement all decisions, policies, and programmes relating to their portfolios (Commission Statutes, article 11).
H.E. Agbor Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang, Cameroon
H.E. Agbor Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang, Cameroon
Commissioner for Human Resources, Science, and Technology
H.E. Albert M. Muchanga, Zambia
H.E. Albert M. Muchanga, Zambia
Commissioner for Trade and Industry
H.E. Amani Abou-Zeid, Egypt
H.E. Amani Abou-Zeid, Egypt
Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy
H.E. Amira El Fadil, Sudan
H.E. Amira El Fadil, Sudan
Commissioner for Social Affairs
H.E. Cessouma Minata Samate , Burkina Faso
H.E. Cessouma Minata Samate , Burkina Faso
Commissioner for Political Affairs
Smail Chergui, Algeria
Smail Chergui, Algeria
Commissioners Commissioner for Peace and Security
H.E Sacko Josefa Leonel Correa, Angola
H.E Sacko Josefa Leonel Correa, Angola
Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
H.E Victor Harrison, Madagascar
H.E Victor Harrison, Madagascar
H.E Victor Harrison, Madagascar
Commissioner for Economic Affairs