Official handover between outgoing and incoming AUC vice-presidents



Official handover between outgoing and incoming AUC vice-presidents

The official presentation ceremony of the end of mandate report of the outgoing Vice-President of the African Union Commission, HE Mr. Kwesi Quartey to the new Vice-President, HE Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, took place today, March 12, 2021, at Headquarters of the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The ceremony took place in the presence of HE Moussa Faki Mahamat, President of the AU Commission, and the commissioners.

President Moussa Faki Mahamat, in his remarks, thanked outgoing Vice-President Amb. Kwesi Quartey for the commendable work accomplished during his tenure.

He underlined his commitment to serve the AU Commission with loyalty as Vice-President and concluded by urging everyone to do their best to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development enshrined in Agenda 2063.

The outgoing Vice-President of the African Union Commission, HE Amb. Kwesi Quartey expressed her gratitude to the distinguished ladies, who continue to break the glass ceiling and inspire all young African women.

He stressed that education remains the main key. “Allow me to express my gratitude to the President, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, for his wise leadership of our Commission over the last four years from 2017 to 2021.

The same recognition goes to fellow Commissioners for their team spirit, your teamwork and their total dedication to the cause and service of our Union, ”said Amb. Kwesi Quartey.

Amb. Kwesi Quartey highlighted some initiatives undertaken under his tenure, which have led to the achievement of key measures aimed at ensuring effective and efficient management of the AU Commission, including: the establishment of the Internal Accountability Committee (ICC); the creation and launch of an audit recommendation tracking system (ARTS); compliance by the Commission with the institutional assessment of the 7 pillars; AU financial management aligned with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and golden rules established by the 15 Union finance ministers; the launch of the AU e-learning project within the AUC Learning and Development Unit; Development of an AU budget manual; and support and assistance to the AUC response strategy to COVID-19 to name a few.

Amb. Kwesi Quartey concluded by congratulating Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa on her well-deserved election. “To my dear sister, Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa, I wish to take this opportunity to once again congratulate you on your well-deserved election.

Your rich experience in business finance and administration gives more hope to our Commission and our hardworking staff to continue to implement the administrative and financial reforms, so necessary to meet our aspirations and create the Africa We Want ” , did he declare.

HE Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa in her declaration of acceptance declared that she was happy to join a new Commission.

“It’s a new Commission and a new structure and a new spirit and a new energy. We will deliver and meet expectations ”. She pointed out. The incoming Vice President also reiterated her commitment and appreciation for the teamwork of the AU Commission.

About the end of session report

The report highlights the main milestones achieved and the challenges faced by the outgoing Commission during its mandate of 2017-2020.

The report provides reflections on lessons learned from the implementation of Agenda 2063 and its flagship projects as well as on institutional reform. It also makes recommendations to the new Commission and Member States on the way forward to strengthen the Union and achieve ‘the Africa we want’.

The end-of-term report also presents how the political and socio-economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far reaching.

The Union’s will to face common challenges has been reaffirmed and is manifested in the response, which has been exemplary. It also pushed the Commission to adapt and innovate its working methods, processes and modalities, integrating technology and innovation.

Despite the challenges, it provided the Commission with an opportunity to adjust its priorities, as well as to improve efficiency and effectiveness. COVID 19 reaffirmed the AU’s willingness to focus on strengthening the capacities and self-reliance of the Union for sustainable development, including to deal with pandemics, emergencies and emerging threats.

Thanks to political commitment, innovation and a focus on implementing the priorities of Agenda 2063, regional integration, sustainable peace and development are within reach.

The The end of session report can be viewed at

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