Senegal takes over African Union leadership for 2022

The President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, today takes over African Union (AU) leadership during the 35th African heads of States Summit opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this morning.

Macky Sall will be serving as the new Chairperson of the AU for the year 2022. He took over the leadership from President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Felix- Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, who has concluded today his term as the Chairperson of the African Union for the year 2021.

African leaders and experts have been conferring in at the AU’s 35th Summit organized under the theme: “Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent: Strengthening Agro-Food Systems, Health and Social Protection Systems for the Acceleration of the Human, Social and Economic Development”.

Accordingly the composition of the new bureau of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union for 2022 as presented by the Dean of the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) is as follows:

– Chairperson of the African Union (AU) – Republic of Senegal, (West African region)
– First Vice Chair of the Union – Consultations are still ongoing;
– Rapporteur – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – (Central African region);
– Second Vice Chair of the Union – Libya, (Northern Region); and
– Third Vice Chair of the Union – Angola, ( Southern Region);

n his chairmanship acceptance speech, President Macky Sall said he appreciates the honor coupled with the responsibility and the trust invested in his person, and the members of the new Bureau, to lead the destiny of the Organization for the next one year. “I pay tribute to the founding fathers of the Organization. Six decades later, their luminous vision continues to inspire our living together and to illuminate our united march towards the ideal of African integration” He added.

“It is precisely in this pan-African spirit that President Léopold Sédar Senghor had proposed, at the OAU summit of July 1964, to establish “a permanent political and moral authority of the Conference of Heads of State and Government” to give high-level impetus to the management of the affairs of the continent,” he said.