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African Union Commission Chairperson

The African Union is committed to Strengthening a people centered Union through active communication of the programmes of the African Union, the branding of the Union and participation of Member States and other stakeholders in defining and implementing the African agenda.

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Priorities of the Commission

Despite the progress made in recent times, the African Continent is hamstrung by a number of complex challenges that are acting as a break on a continent which is poised for takeoff. These challenges span the economic, political, social and technological spheres. To urgently addressed this, the African Union Commission identified priorities that can be grouped into eight clusters.

Promote peace and stability, including regional initiatives, good governance, democracy and human right as a foundation for inclusion, security and the development of the continent and its people.

Expand Agricultural production, developing the Agro-processing and businesses sectors, increase market access and attain Africa’s collective Food self-sufficiency and nutrition through promotion of smallholder agriculture, sound environment and climate change and natural resource management.

Promote inclusive economic development and industrialization through the acceleration of infrastructure development projects that will aid economic integration and utilization of the continent’s mineral and other natural resources.

Build Africa’s human capacity through the prioritization of Primary Health Care and Prevention; Education, skills development and investment in science, research and innovation, access to clean water and sanitation with inclusion of the vulnerable groups.

Mainstream the participation of women and the youth in all priorities and activities of the Union and the continent.

Implement strategies of resource mobilization, with special emphasis on alternative source of funding, and/or additional funding to enable Africa to finance its programmes and development.

Strengthen a people centered Union through active communication of the programmes of the African Union, the branding of the Union and participation of Member States and other stakeholders in defining and implementing the African agenda.

Strengthen the institutional capacity of the African Union Commission, the Regional Economic Communities and other organs, and its relations with strategic and other partners.

The Chairperson of the Commission is the Chief Executive Officer, 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 her duties. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, South Africa (elected by the AU Assembly in July 2012 for a four-year term). Article 8 of the Commission Statutes outlines the Chairperson’s functions...
Biography of H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma
H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma is an undisputable trailblazer in the upliftment and empowerment of women across the African continent. Her career as a struggle activist and politician is testimony to her indestructible and courageous spirit. She was born on 27 January 1949 in KwaZulu-Natal, a time when black women’s career expectations did not go beyond domestic work. She, however, was not to be limited.
Bureau of the Chairperson
Headed and managed by the Chief of Staff, the Bureau supports the Chairperson in the execution of her responsibilities. Key functions include: ensuring coordination and liaison among directorates and departments directly and indirectly under the Chairperson’s supervision; providing advisory services to the Chairperson; and managing tasks, correspondence and statements by the Chairperson. In addition to the Cabinet and advisers, the Bureau is composed of office, unit, directorate, committee and division heads.
Chief of Staff: Jennifer Susan Chiriga, Zimbabwe
AU Handbook
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