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PO Box 3243 Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area) W21K19 Addis Ababa Ethiopia Internet: www.au.int Tel: +251 11 551 7700 Fax: +251 11 551 7844 Email: dic@africa-union.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/AfricanUnionCommission Twitter: @_AfricanUnion YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/AUCommission The Commission is the African Union’s secretariat. Its specific functions, as set out in article 3 of the Commission Statutes, include to: • Represent the AU and defend its interests under the guidance of and as mandated by the Assembly and Executive Council • Initiate proposals to be submitted to the AU’s organs as well as implement decisions taken by them • Act as the custodian of the AU Constitutive Act and OAU/AU legal instruments • Provide operational support for all AU organs • Assist Member States in implementing the AU’s programmes • Work out AU draft common positions and coordinate Member States’ actions in international negotiations • Manage the AU budget and resources • Elaborate, promote, coordinate and harmonise the AU’s programmes and policies with those of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) • Ensure gender mainstreaming in all AU programmes and activities • 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. structure 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. chairperson 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 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). chairpersons1

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Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, South Africa
2012–(current)

Jean Ping, Gabon
2008–12

Alpha Oumar Konaré, Mali
2003–08

Amara Essy, Côte d’Ivoire (interim)2
2002–03 (OAU–AU transition years)

deputy chairperson The Deputy Chairperson assists the Chairperson in the execution of his or her functions and ensures the smooth running of the Commission in relation to administrative and financial issues. The Deputy acts as the Chairperson in his or her absence. The Deputy Chairperson is elected by the AU Executive Council and appointed by the Assembly for a four-year term, renewable once (Commission Statutes, article 10). deputy chairpersons 3

Erastus Mwencha, Kenya4
2008–(current) Patrick Kayumba

Mazimhaka, Rwanda
2003–08

notes 1 In January 2012, the AU Summit extended existing Commission members’ terms of office until its next summit, in May 2012 (Assembly/AU/Dec.414(XVIII)). This decision was made after conducting elections for the Chairperson of the Commission and taking note that neither of the two candidates had obtained the required majority. 2 Amara Essy, Côte d’Ivoire, was the interim Chairperson 2002–03 during transition from the OAU to AU. 3 There was no deputy chairperson during the OAU–AU transition years. 4 Erastus Mwencha, Kenya, was re-elected in July 2012 for a second term (Assembly/AU/Dec.446(XIX)). 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). commissioners Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui, Algeria (elected in October 2013) Commissioner for Political Affairs Aisha Abdullahi, Nigeria (elected in July 2012) Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, Egypt (elected in January 2008; re-elected in July 2012 for a second term) Commissioner for Social Affairs Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Sierra Leone (elected in July 2012) Commissioner for Trade and Industry Fatima Haram Acyl, Chad (elected in July 2012) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Uganda (elected in January 2008; re-elected in July 2012 for a second term) Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology Martial De-Paul Ikounga, Congo (elected in January 2013) Commissioner for Economic Affairs Anthony Mothae Maruping, Lesotho (elected in January 2013) AU Commission Organisational Structure The Commission consists of the major organisational units listed as follows, each headed by an official accountable to the Chairperson of the Commission. Office of the Chairperson Internet: http://cpauc.au.int Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, South Africa (elected by the AU Assembly in July 2012 for a four-year term) Chief of Staff Jean-Baptiste Natama, Burkina Faso (appointed by the Chairperson in October 2012) Chief Adviser Baso Sangqu, South Africa (appointed by the Chairperson in October 2012) Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer Susan Chiriga, Zimbabwe (appointed by the Chairperson in June 2014) Special Adviser for Strategic Planning Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, South Africa (appointed by the Chairperson in October 2012) Special Adviser for Economic Affairs Lazarous Kapambwe, Zambia (appointed by the Chairperson in October 2012) Special Adviser for Political and Diplomatic Affairs Musifiky Mwanasali, DR Congo (appointed by the Chairperson in March 2013) Special Adviser for Defence and Security Luis Inacio Muxito, Angola (appointed by the Chairperson in March 2013) Special Adviser to the Chairperson Nzwaki Sigxashe, South Africa (appointed by the Chairperson in January 2013) Adviser to the Chairperson Vukani Lumumba Mthintso, South Africa (appointed by the Chairperson in January 2013) Adviser, Personal Assistant to the Chairperson Thokozani Prudence Mhlongo, South Africa (appointed by the Chairperson in January 2013) Acting Spokesperson of the Chairperson Jacob Enoh Eben, Cameroon (appointed by the Chairperson in April 2013) The following bureaus, offices and directorates report to the Office of the Chairperson through the Chief of Staff. bureau of the chairperson Chief of Staff: Jean-Baptiste Natama, Burkina Faso Headed and managed by the Chief of Staff, the Bureau supports the Chairperson in the execution of his or 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 the following office, unit, directorate, committee and division heads. Office of the Secretary-General to the Commission Secretary-General: Jean Mfasoni, Burundi The Office assists the Chairperson to establish general policy and the direction and coordination of the Commission’s work. It also assists in managing programmes and other elements of the organisation, as well as contacts with governments, delegations, the media and public. The Office further assists the Chairperson with strategic planning, preparation of reports, liaison and representative functions, and fulfilment of the priorities and mandates set out by the Assembly. Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC) Internet: http://legal.au.int Legal Counsel: Vincent O Nmehielle, South Africa The OLC provides a unified central legal service for the AU including all its organs and institutions. The OLC ensures that decision-making processes are compliant with AU legal frameworks, provides advice on the interpretation of AU legal instruments and supports the Executive Council and Assembly in preparation for elections. The OLC also provides legal advice on cooperation with international or internationalised judicial accountability mechanisms, and legal services for special political missions, peacekeeping operations and other field missions on matters such as diplomatic privileges and immunities, and the legal status of the organisation. The AU Commission on International Law Secretariat is located at the OLC. Office of Internal Audit (OIA) Internet: www.au.int/en/auc/dia Director: Regina Maambo Muzamai, Zambia The Office is the AU’s internal oversight body for ensuring the AU rules and procedures in place are effective. Its role is to undertake internal audits, investigations and inspections as well as evaluations of the adequacy and effectiveness of internal control systems and operational activities. The Office reports to the Chairperson of the Commission. It is mandated to provide oversight coverage of all AU activities under the Chairperson’s authority. This includes preparing and implementing auditing programmes and liaising with external auditors. The Office issues annual and periodic reports and makes recommendations aimed at improving internal control and organisational efficiency and effectiveness. It submits reports on each activity audited to the Chairperson of the Commission. The Office also submits quarterly and periodic audit reports containing budget performance information to the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) Sub-Committee on Audit Matters. Directorate of Women, Gender and Development (WGDD) Internet: http://wgd.au.int/en Director: Litha Musyimi-Ogana, Kenya The Directorate promotes gender equality in Africa and within the AU. It designs programmes and projects based on policies adopted by AU Member States. It also oversees the development and harmonisation of gender-related policies; initiates gender-mainstreaming strategies within the Commission and for AU organs and Member States; and supports capacity building by providing training on gender policies and instruments. The Directorate has two divisions: Gender Policy and Development Division (GPDD) and Gender Coordination and Outreach. It also acts as the Secretariat for the African Union Women’s Committee (AUWC), which is detailed in the Other Commission Bodies section at the end of this chapter. Directorate of Strategic Planning, Policy, Monitoring, Evaluation and Resource Mobilisation (SPPMERM) Internet: www.au.int/en/auc/sppme Director: Mandla Madonsela, Swaziland The Directorate’s mandate is to ensure smooth institutional relationships between the AU and other international institutions, and to coordinate strategic planning among Commission departments. The Directorate’s functions include to: establish rules and procedures to ensure coordinated policy development across the Commission; provide strategic planning support; coordinate administrative programmes and activities; support capacity building; design monitoring and evaluation procedures for programme assessment; strengthen the AU’s external partnerships and contribute to the promotion of the AU worldwide. The Directorate has four divisions: Resource Mobilisation; Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Policy Analysis and Research; and Knowledge Management. Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) Internet: http://pages.au.int/cido Director: Jinmi Adisa, Nigeria The Directorate is designed to serve as a catalyst to facilitate the involvement of African peoples in Africa and around the world in the affairs of the AU. CIDO has two divisions, the Civil Society Division and the Diaspora Division. It also has a unit that serves as the Secretariat of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). The Council, which is composed of civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-state organs, was established in 2004 as an advisory organ to the AU (see the ECOSOCC chapter for more information). Directorate of Information and Communication Internet: www.au.int/en/auc/dci Director: Habiba Mejri-Cheikh, Tunisia The Directorate develops, plans and conducts activities designed to provide information about the AU, including its aims and activities, to a wide range of audiences. It uses a variety of means including print media, internet, new information technology and publications; and partnerships with Member States, academia, libraries, youth and civil society. The Directorate disseminates information in the AU’s working languages. The Directorate also acts as the Commission’s spokesperson; develops outreach and advocacy programmes; advises senior management on editorial issues for speeches and statements; and supports each department in designing communication and information strategies. The Directorate also supports the development of a proposal to establish an AU radio station and television channel. New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Coordination Unit Acting Director/Coordinator: Khalil Timamy, Kenya The Unit acts as the focal point between the AU Commission and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA). The Unit supports the Chairperson of the Commission in the execution of his or her supervisory role over the NPCA and advises on any matter related to NEPAD. The Unit monitors implementation by Commission departments of AU decisions on NEPAD and its programmes. In addition, it acts as the Secretariat of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) Sub-Committee on NEPAD. Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) Coordinator: Okechukwu Emmanuel Ibe, Nigeria The ISC’s mandate is to prepare intelligence analysis and briefings on evolving trends and to provide early warning signals on peace and security issues in Africa. It also monitors and analyses international events that may have an impact on the continent. The ISC prepares intelligence briefings for the Chairperson of the Commission. It also works with the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA), AU Commission Peace and Security Department, Political Affairs Department and the Department of Social Affairs. Protocol Services Division Internet: www.au.int/en/auc/protocol Chief of Protocol: Simone Abala, Gabon The Division oversees matters around host country agreements (diplomatic privileges and immunities) as well protocol for conference logistics, functions and programmes, and ceremonial and consular services. Its role is to develop and implement rules and procedures for protocol services. The Division provides services to all Commission staff as well as other AU organs and Regional Economic Communities (RECs). It also provides services to the permanent delegations of non-African states and the regional and international organisations accredited to the AU. The Division maintains protocol information for each AU Member State and provides assistance to Member States’ representatives and delegations during AU events. Partnership Management and Coordination Division Head: Vacant Officer in Charge: Jacques Mukwende, Rwanda The Division is responsible for coordinating strategic partnerships between Africa and other parts of the world. It manages the activities relating to those partnerships; constantly reviews the content of partnerships; suggests adjustments as may be required; and ensures that the terms and conditions of grants from partners are fully respected. The Division liaises with the Directorate of Programming, Budget, Finance and Accounting; Directorate of Strategic Planning, Policy, Monitoring, Evaluation and Resource Mobilisation (SPPMERM); and various other implementing departments and directorates. This is in order to ensure that appropriate narrative and financial reports are submitted in a timely manner to the Office of the Chairperson so that the reports can be discussed, approved and submitted to the partners within the period prescribed in the Grant Agreements. Office of the Deputy Chairperson Internet: http://dcpauc.au.int/en/ Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha, Kenya (elected by the AU Assembly in 2008; re-elected in July 2012 for a second term) Deputy Chief of Staff Anthony Isoe Okara, Kenya (appointed by the Deputy Chairperson in 2008) Senior Adviser to the Deputy Chairperson Mohamed Adel Smaoui, Tunisia (appointed by the Deputy Chairperson in 2013) Adviser to the Deputy Chairperson Samba Jack, Gambia (appointed by the Deputy Chairperson in 2008) Adviser to the Deputy Chairperson Fareed Arthur, Ghana (appointed by the Deputy Chairperson in 2008) Adviser to the Deputy Chairperson Patrick Kankya, Uganda (appointed by the Deputy Chairperson in 2008) Bureau of the Deputy Chairperson The Bureau of the Deputy Chairperson is mandated to support the Deputy Chairperson to execute his or her role in the effective running of the Commission, particularly administrative and financial issues. The Bureau provides further support in the implementation of the Deputy’s activities as delegated by the Chairperson. The Bureau is composed of the following directorates. Directorate of Administration and Human Resources Development (AHRD) Internet: www.au.int/en/auc/dahrd Director: Amine Idriss Adoum, Chad The Directorate oversees the management of administrative services and human resource matters for the entire Commission. Its roles include developing rules, procedures and policies on human resources; managing Commission management information systems; managing Commission facilities, property and inventory systems; and overseeing safety and security, travel, transport and procurement matters. The Directorate has five divisions and one stand-alone unit. The divisions are: Administration and Facilities Management; Human Resources Management; Security and Safety Services; Management of Information Systems; and Procurement, Travel and Stores. The stand-alone unit is Passports and Identity. Directorate of Programming, Budget, Finance and Accounting Internet: www.au.int/en/auc/dpbfa Director: Thomas Asare, Ghana The Directorate’s role is to administer and ensure compliance with the AU Commission’s financial rules and regulations, as well as budgetary and accounting policies and procedures, for the smooth running of programmes. Its responsibilities are to: develop and implement policies, rules and regulations for the effective use of budgetary programmes and funds; monitor implementation of programmes against the allocated budget; coordinate training on programmatic and budgetary matters; follow up on the conduct of external audits; and research, analyse, document and report on the Commission’s expenditure. The Directorate has four divisions: Accounting; Programming and Budgeting; External Resource Management; and Financial Management. Directorate of Conference Services Internet: www.au.int/en/auc/dcs Director: Khellaf Lamouchi Nedjat, Algeria The Directorate’s mandate is to provide comprehensive planning and management of AU conferences and meetings. It undertakes this in close collaboration with the relevant Commission departments and directorates. The Directorate’s work includes providing translation, interpretation and secretarial services for conferences, as well as reproducing and distributing conference documents. Interpretation and translation services are provided in the organisation’s four working languages: Arabic, English, French and Portuguese. The Directorate is composed of the Translation and Interpretation Divisions and the Coordination and Printing Units. Medical Services Directorate Internet: www.au.int/en/auc/msd Director: Yankuba Kassama, Gambia The Directorate’s mandate is to provide medical care to AU Commission staff members and their dependents; AU consultants; and the AU Member State diplomatic corps and their dependents. The Directorate also oversees medical plans and insurances for the Commission and regional offices. The Directorate provides health services to participants in AU conferences, meetings and summits and assists AU peace-support operations in the planning and management of their health services. The Directorate has two divisions: Medical Administration and Clinical Services, and Medical Support Services. departments Department of Peace and Security Internet: www.peaceau.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Peace-Security-Dept-of-the-African-Union- Commission/302661349775297 Twitter: @AU_PSD YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/africaforpeace1 Director: El-Ghassim Wane, Mauritania The Department’s mandate is to support the Peace and Security Council (PSC) in carrying out its responsibilities under the PSC Protocol. The Department’s core objectives are to: • Implement the Common African Defence and Security Policy (CADSP) • Operationalise the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) • Support efforts to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts • Promote programmes for the prevention of conflicts • Implement the AU’s Policy Framework on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) • Coordinate, harmonise and promote peace and security programmes in Africa, including with regional and international partners. The Department’s divisions are: Conflict Prevention and Early Warning; Conflict Management and Post-Conflict Reconstruction; Peace Support Operations; Defence and Security; and the PSC Secretariat. The peace and security operations supported by the Department are listed in the Peace and Security Council chapter. Peace and security offices and missions supported by the Department, together with the names of special representatives, are listed at the end of this chapter. The Department oversees the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism. See the Other Bodies Related to the AU chapter for details. Department of Political Affairs Internet: http://pa.au.int/en/ Director: Khabele Matlosa, Lesotho The Department is the Commission body responsible for promoting good governance, democratic principles, the rule of law and respect for human rights, as well as the participation of civil society organisations in the development of Africa. Key work includes promoting these AU shared values; implementing AU instruments on governance, elections, democracy and humanitarian affairs; coordinating AU election observation and monitoring missions; providing technical support to the electoral bodies; coordinating implementation of the African governance architecture and its platform; and implementing sustainable solutions to humanitarian and political crises, including through preventive diplomacy. The Department has two divisions: Democracy, Governance, Human Rights and Elections; and Humanitarian Affairs, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons. Department of Infrastructure and Energy Internet: http://ie.au.int/en/ Director: Baba Moussa Aboubakari, Benin The Department is responsible for ensuring the development of infrastructure and energy resources at the regional and continental levels. Key roles include: promoting, coordinating, implementing and monitoring programmes and policies on transport, energy, telecommunication and information in collaboration with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and AU specialised institutions and agencies; facilitating private sector initiatives on infrastructure development; and advocating among development partners for programme implementation. The Department has three divisions: Energy; Information Society; and Transport and Tourism. Department of Social Affairs Internet: http://sa.au.int/en/ Director: Olawale I Maiyegun, Nigeria The Department works to promote the AU’s labour, social development and cultural agenda. Its core roles include: providing support for the implementation of Member States’ policies on labour, population, health and migration; developing programmes and strategies on drug control and other issues; and promoting AU instruments for advancing the social and solidarity agenda. The Department has five divisions: Health, Nutrition and Population; HIV/AIDs, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Other Infectious Diseases; Labour, Employment and Migration; Social Welfare, Vulnerable Groups and Drug Control; and Culture and Sport. It also hosts the Secretariat of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC). See the Judicial and Human Rights Institutions chapter for details about ACERWC. The Department also works with the following two specialised offices: the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) and the Centre for Linguistic and Historical Studies by Oral Tradition (CELHTO). See the Other Bodies Related to the AU chapter for details. Department of Trade and Industry Internet: http://ti.au.int/en Director: Treasure Thembisile Maphanga, Swaziland The Department’s core mandate is to support the AU in boosting intra-African trade, fast track establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and to ensure Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy. It supports Africa’s transformation by promoting diversification and modernisation of production structures. The Department’s core functions are to: ensure the formulation, implementation and harmonisation of trade policies to promote inter- and intra-African trade; ensure development of policies on tariffs, non-tariff barriers and free movement of business people; liaise with relevant stakeholders, such as chambers of commerce, industrial associations, exporters, importers, non-governmental organisations and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), to ensure fair trade; provide support to AU Member States in global trade negotiations; collect, analyse and monitor data on global trends in trade and the impact on Africa. The Department is also responsible for implementing initiatives such as Accelerating Industrialisation of Africa (AIDA) and the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), which promote transparency, social responsibility and tax compliance in the extractive industry. The Department has three divisions: Trade; Industry; and Customs Cooperation. Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture Internet: http://rea.au.int/en Director: Abebe Haile-Gabriel, Ethiopia The Department’s mandate is to boost AU Member States’ rural economy development and agricultural productivity by supporting the adoption of measures, strategies, policies and programmes on agriculture. It works closely with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other partners. Key tasks include to: develop programmes ensuring food security; promote rural communities’ initiatives and transfer of technologies; coordinate efforts to eradicate poverty and combat desertification and drought; promote agricultural products by small-scale producers; support the harmonisation of policies and strategies between the RECs; and initiate research on climate change, water and sanitation management. The Department has three divisions: Agriculture and Food Security; Environment, Climate Change, Water, Land and Natural Resources; and Rural Economy. The Department’s flagship programme is the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). The Department also works with the following offices and agencies: Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC); Coordinating Office for the Development Project of the Fouta Djallon Region; Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR); Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre (PANVAC); Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC); and Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development (SAFGRAD). See the Other Bodies Related to the AU chapter for details. Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology Internet: http://hrst.au.int/en Director: Vacant The Department’s role is to ensure the coordination of AU programmes on human resource development matters. It also has a separate mandate to promote science and technology. The Department encourages and provides technical support to Member States in the implementation of policies and programmes in its fields. Key roles include: promoting research and publication on science and technology; promoting cooperation among Member States on education and training; encouraging youth participation in the integration of the continent; and acting as the Secretariat for the Scientific Council for Africa. The Department has three divisions: Human Resource and Youth Development; Education; and Science and Technology. It also works with the: Scientific, Technical and Research Commission (STRC); African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI); Pan African University (PAU); Pan African Youth Union (PYU); International Centre for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (CIEFFA); and the Pan African Institute for Education for Development (IPED)/African Observatory for Education. Department of Economic Affairs Internet: http://ea.au.int/en Director: René N’Guettia Kouassi, Côte d’Ivoire The Department is mandated to initiate and promote policies and strategies to strengthen regional coordination and cooperation on economic integration initiatives. It aims to support private sector development and investment, mobilise development funding and accelerate the establishment of joint institutions such as the proposed African Central Bank, African Investment Bank, African Monetary Fund (see the Financial Institutions chapter for details) and African Stock Exchange. The Department promotes the establishment of an African monetary union and common market; proposes policy solutions for resolution of Africa’s debt problem; and provides a framework for harmonised statistics. Publications include the annual African Statistical Yearbook. The Department has four divisions: Economic Integration and Regional Cooperation; Private Sector Development, Investment and Resource Mobilisation; Economic Policies and Research; and Statistics. The Department is supporting establishment of the AU Institute for Statistics. Permanent Representational and Specialised Offices The following offices report to the Chief of Staff in the Bureau of the Chairperson. New York Office Head of Mission: Tete Antonio, Angola (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in November 2009) AU Permanent Observer to the United Nations 3 Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza 305 East 47th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10017 United States of America Tel: +1 212 319 5491 or +1 212 319 5493 Fax: +1 212 319 7135 or +1 212 319 6509 Email: africanunion@un.int Geneva Office Head of Mission: Jean-Marie Ehouzou, Benin (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in May 2012) AU Permanent Representative to the United Nations and World Trade Organization 127, Rue des Pâquis 36 CH-1211 Genève 22 Switzerland Tel: +41 22 716 0640 Fax: +41 22 731 6818 Email: au-geneva@africa-union.org or mission-observer.au@africanunion.ch Washington DC Office Head of Mission: Amina Salum Ali, UR of Tanzania (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in April 2007) AU Permanent Representative to the United States 1919 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 7001 Washington, DC 20006 United States of America Tel: +202 342 1102 or +202 342 1100 Fax: +202 342 1114 Email: au-washington@africa-union.org Permanent Mission to the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states – Brussels Office Head of Mission: Ajay Kumar Bramdeo, South Africa (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in December 2011) AU Permanent Representative to the European Union Avenue Molière, 186 1050 Brussels Belgium Tel: +32 2 346 9747 or +32 2 346 9748 Fax: +32 2 346 9128 Email: au-brussels@africa-union.org or africanunion@skynet.be Permanent Delegation to the League of Arab States – Cairo Office Head of Mission: Nadir Fath Elalim (acting), Sudan AU Permanent Representative to the League of Arab States 7, Maydan Algomhouria Al Motaheda From Elbatal Ahmed Abdel Aziz Street Dokki, Cairo Egypt Tel: +20 2 3762 6154 or +20 2 3761 2951 Fax: +20 2 3762 6153 Email: au-cairo@africa-union.org African Union Southern Africa Region Office (SARO) – Malawi Office Head of Mission: Salif Sada Sall, Senegal (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in July 2004) AU Regional Delegation to Southern Africa PO Box 30898 Malawi Tel: +265 1 775 335 Fax: +265 1 775 330 Email: oau-saro@malawi.net Special Representative and Liaison Offices The following offices work with the Department of Peace and Security as part of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) structure. African Union Mission in Burundi (AMIB) Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission and Head of Mission: Boubacar G Diarra, Mali (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in January 2013) Ndamana House Rohero I Chaussee Prince Louis Rwagasore PO Box 6864 Bujumbura Burundi Tel: +257 2 221 3540 or +257 2 221 3541 Fax: +257 2 221 3542 Email: miob@usan–bu.net or miab@cbinf.com or miab.burundi@yahoo.fr African Union Liaison Office in Central African Republic Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission and Head of Mission: Hawa Ahmed Yusuf, Djibouti (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in January 2010) PO Box 902 SICA II Bangui Central African Republic Tel: +236 21 615 495 or +236 21 615 496 or +236 21 709 684 Email: bureauRCA@africa-union.org 76 African Union Liaison Office in Comoros Head of Mission: Mourad Taiati, Algeria (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in March 2004) BP 1850 Petite Coulee Comoros Tel: +269 773 3471 or +269 773 2227 Fax: +269 773 3281 Email: aucomoros@yahoo.fr African Union Liaison Office in Côte d’Ivoire Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission: Ambroise Niyonsaba, Burundi (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in January 2005) Deux Plateaux 6 eme Tranche Cocody Lot 2500 PO Box 718 Abidjan 27 Côte d’Ivoire Tel: +225 2252 7560 Fax: +225 2252 7577 Email: bureauliaison@aviso.ci or bureauliaisonabj@yahoo.com African Union Liaison Office in Guinea Bissau Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission: Ovidio Manuel Barbosa Pequeno, São Tomé and Príncipe (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in May 2012) Guinea Bissau Tel: +245 548 2341 Fax: +245 325 6471 Email: ua-bissau@googlegroups.com African Union Liaison Office in Kinshasa (DR Congo) Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission and Head of Office: Emmanuel Mendoume Nze, Gabon (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in May 2010) BP 5296, 4660 Avenue Coteaux, Commune de la Gombe Kinshasa DR Congo Tel: +243 139 8923 or +243 9991 45387 or +243 8137 43689 Fax: +243 880 7975 or +243 139 8923 Email: oua-kin@micronet.cd African Union Liaison Office in Liberia Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission and Head of Office: Harrison Oluwatoyin Solaja, Nigeria (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in March 2011) 10th Street, Sinkor PO Box 2881 Monrovia Liberia Tel: +231 7700 2713 Email: auloliberia@yahoo.com African Union Liaison Office in Libya Special Envoy for Libya: Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Djibouti (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in June 2014) Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission and Head of Office: Mondher Rezgui, Tunisia (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in February 2012) Al Andalus 2 City PO Box N 565 Tripoli Libya Tel: +218 21 477 0676 or +218 919 485 470 or +218 911 544 195 Fax: +218 21 477 0676 African Union/Southern African Development Community (SADC) Liaison Office in Madagascar Head of Office: Salvator Nkeshimana, Burundi Regus, Batiment A1 Explorer Business Park Ankorondrano 101 Antananarivo Madagascar Tel: +261 202 25 1212 Email: ausadcmg@yahoo.com African Union Mission for Mali and Sahel (MISAHEL) Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission: Pierre Buyoya, Burundi (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in January 2013) Hamdallaye 360 Street ACI 2000 Bamako Mali Tel: +223 7238 8488 or +223 7881 47 African Union Liaison Office in N’Djamena (Chad) Head of Office: Ki Doulaye Corenti, Burkina Faso (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in February 2007) Avenue Mobutu Moursal Immeuble Cebevirha, 2nd Floor PO Box 5131 N’Djamena Chad Tel: +235 2251 7794 or +235 2252 3402 or +235 6300 0505 Fax: +235 2251 4236 Email: aundjamena@yahoo.com or aulondjamena@ausitroom-psd.org African Union Mission in Somalia Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM): Maman S Sidikou, Niger (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in July 2014) Temporary Office: KUSCCO Center, 2nd Floor Kilimanjaro Road PO Box 20182–00200 Nairobi Kenya Tel: +254 207 21 6710 Fax: +254 207 21 6775 Email: amisomhom@gmail.com African Union Liaison Office in the South Sudan Head of Office: Stanislas Nakaha, Burundi (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in April 2010) Plot No 167 Tongping (1st Class Residential Area) PO Box 341 Juba South Sudan Tel: +249 811 820 603 Fax: +249 811 820 603 African Union Liaison Office in Sudan Head of Office, AU Liaison Office in Sudan: Mahmoud Kane, Mauritania (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in March 2008) Makkah Street, House No 384 Block 21 Riyadh PO Box 8372 Khartoum Sudan Tel: +249 183 248 425 or +249 183 248 426 Fax: +249 183 248 427 Email: aulosudan@ausitroom–psd.org African Union Mission to Western Sahara Special Envoy for Western Sahara: Joaquim Alberto Chissano, Mozambique (appointed by the Peace and Security Council in June 2014) Senior Representative: Yilma Tadesse, Ethiopia Via Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UN Headquarters: PO Box 5846, Grand Central Station Pouch Unit 3B New York, NY 10163 – 5846 United States of America Tel: +1 212 963 1952 ext 5303 (via MINURSO through UN phone exchange) Postal and telecommunications via the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) Headquarters: c/– UN MINURSO Headquarters Laayoune Western Sahara Special Envoys of the Chairperson of the Commission Envoy on Migrations of Mbororo Nomadic Pastoralists Abdoulaye Bathily, Senegal (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in December 2007) Chairperson of the High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki, South Africa (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in July 2008) Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the Commission to Guinea Ibrahima Fall, Senegal (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in 2009) AU Representative on the tripartite team for Humanitarian Assistance to South Kordofan and Blue Nile State Teferra Shiawl-Kidanekal, Ethiopia (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in 2012) AU High Representative for Mali and the Sahel Pierre Buyoya, Burundi (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in October 2012) Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region Boubacar G Diarra, Mali (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in November 2012) African Union–United Nations Joint Special Representative for Darfur Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Ghana (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in December 2012) High Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission for the Operationalisation of the African Standby Force (ASF) Sekouba Konate, Guinea (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in December 2012) Special Representative for Women, Children and Armed Conflicts Bineta Diop, Senegal (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in July 2013) Special Envoy for Tunisia Pedro Pires, Cabo Verde (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in August 2013) Special Envoy for Western Sahara Joaquim Alberto Chissano, Mozambique (appointed by the Peace and Security Council in June 2014) Special Envoy of the African Union for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Issue Jackson Kiprono Tuwei, Kenya (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in July 2014) Special Envoy for Libya Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Djibouti (appointed by the Chairperson of the Commission in June 2014) other commission bodies African Union Women’s Committee (AUWC) Purpose The African Union Women’s Committee (AUWC) was inaugurated in April 2006 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as an advisory committee to the Chairperson of the AU Commission and the Commission as a whole on issues of gender and development. It replaces the African Women’s Committee on Peace and Development (AWCPD). The AUWC’s functions are to: • Examine emerging issues, trends and new approaches to issues affecting the situation of women or equality of women and men, and make recommendations to the Chairperson • Study progress in the implementation of the AU Heads of State and Government’s Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) and other AU gender-mainstreaming policies, and make recommendations to the Chairperson on their content and implementation. structure The AUWC is composed of African women proposed by the Directorate of Women, Gender and Development (WGDD) and appointed by the Chairperson of the AU Commission, taking into account the: principle of equitable regional representation and rotation; importance of expertise in different disciplines covered by the SDGEA; and representation of young women, women with disabilities and African Diaspora in Europe and the United States. Members serve in their individual capacities, usually for three-year renewable terms. In practice, the AUWC’s mandate has not been renewed since 2006 and members have served longer terms. A second mandate is expected to follow the election of a new bureau at the AUWC’s next sitting. The AUWC works closely with the WGDD, which is its Secretariat. Some members have represented the Committee on peace missions jointly with the WGDD. meetings The AUWC meets at least once a year in ordinary session. It can also meet in an extraordinary session at the request of any member and on the approval by two-thirds of all the members, or at the request of the WGDD. The AUWC’s first meeting was held in April 2006 at AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During this meeting, the Committee defined its terms of reference (with a three-year mandate) and Rules of Procedure. It also elected its three-person bureau, with members serving three-year terms, renewable once. The Committee has since met at AU Commission Headquarters and in Tunisia for its annual ordinary session, and participated in the launch of the African Women’s Decade in 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. 80 Technical Committee of Experts for the Implementation of the Diaspora Legacy Projects purpose The Technical Committee of Experts was established by the AU Assembly at its May 2013 Summit. The Committee is mandated to coordinate and monitor implementation of the five ‘Legacy Projects’, which were adopted at the May 2012 Global African Diaspora Summit and endorsed in July 2012 by the AU Assembly. The Legacy Projects are designed to increase awareness of African Diaspora development and facilitate development of partnerships between the Diaspora and continent, including by encouraging African Diaspora communities to contribute to the overall development of their countries of origin. The projects are the: Skills Database of African Professionals in the Diaspora; African Diaspora Volunteer Corps; African Institute for Remittances (AIR); African Diaspora Investment Fund; and the Development Marketplace for African Diaspora in North America (DMADA) as a framework for promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. structure The Committee, which is to be self-funding, comprises the heads or representatives of the following institutions and sectors: • AU Commission • New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) • African Development Bank (AfDB) • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) • Regional Economic Communities (RECs) • International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (African Capacity Building Foundation) • Private sector • African Diaspora • Implementing agencies.