Is the new AU Commission fit for purpose?


After the African Union (AU) summit on 6-7 February, expectations are high that the continental body will perform better in the coming years. A new AU Commission with recently elected leaders is expected to take over. This coincides with a change in the rotating chair of the AU as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) replaces South Africa for 2021.

This seminar considers the AU’s priorities in 2021 and whether the restructuring of the AU Commission can enable more effective responses to Africa’s challenges.

This event is co-hosted by the ISS and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS).

Simultaneous English-French interpretation will be provided.

Chair: Dr Mesfin Gebremichael, Director, African Research Universities Alliance, IPSS, Addis Ababa University


Ambassador Jean Léon Ngandu Ilunga, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union

Shewit Woldemichael, Researcher, Africa Peace and Security Governance Programme, ISS Addis Ababa

Désiré Assogbavi, International Law Specialist and Expert on Pan-African Institutions and Politics

Dr Ndubuisi Christian Ani, Regional Advisor, GIZ support to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

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