AU and RECs: putting Africa first


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The African Union’s (AU) first mid-year meeting on coordination with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) takes place this week from 4-8 July in Niamey, Niger. The principle of subsidiarity and division of labour between the AU and RECs will be discussed, along with progress on institutional reform of the AU. The summit will also mark the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 

This seminar will unpack decisions made in Niamey, in particular around AU-RECs relations, and implications for peace and security on the continent.

This seminar is co-hosted with the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) in Addis Ababa.

For more on the topic, see the ISS PSC Report special issue on Africa’s Regional Economic Communities.

Chair: Michelle Ndiaye, Director, Africa Peace and Security Programme, IPSS Addis Ababa (TBC)


Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior Researcher, ISS Pretoria

Mohamed M Diatta, Researcher, ISS Addis Ababa

Picture: Amelia Broodryk/ISS

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