With only 24 hours into the 28th African Union ordinary Summit, a new face of leadership waved over the African Union as well as the organization’s commission.

Succeeding the 2016 African Union Chairperson is Guinea’s President Alpha Conde. Serving this post for a year, Conde will be the representative of the African Union for international summits and forums that affect our continent.While this post runs on an annual period interchangeable between 5 of our regions, The African Union  is welcoming a new wave of leadership.

The outgoing and first ever female AUC Chairperson Nkosazani Dlamini – Zuma will be handing over her duties to newly elected Chadian national Moussa Faki Mahamat. The incoming AUC Chairperson has a long lineage of inter-continental work on conflict resolution, having led peace talks  in Mali, South Sudan and Central African Republic. Fluent in English, Arabic and French, Mahamat etches from a public law background and, on a light-hearted note, enjoys reading and travelling in his spare time.

Serving as Mahamat’s Vice Chairperson is Ghana’s Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Ghana’s Ambassador and previous secretary to Former President of Ghana Johm Mahama, who, according to Ghanaian Radio Station Starr FM , has served over 30 years  in various capacities in Ghana’s embassies and high commissions across the world – including Havana, Brussels and Cairo.

While more of the AUC executive committee positions will be filled in the duration of the summit, The AUC Chairperson and his Deputy will be facing the implementation of the process of financing the AU in a self-sufficient manner.

This historic decision was adopted in July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda by Heads of State to implement 0.2% levy on eligible imports into the continent with aim to provide reliable and predictable source of financing for the Union with priority to continental peace and security, while reducing pressure on partner funds typically used to implement integration programs that help us realize Agenda 2063.