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AUC Commissioners

The Commissioners support the Chairperson in running the Commission and have the responsibility to implement all decisions, policies and programmes relating to their portfolios of which there are eight namely: Peace and Security, Political Affairs, Infrastructure and Energy, Social Affairs, Trade and Industry, Rural Economy and Agriculture, Human Resources, Science and Technology and Economic Affairs

The commissioners of the AUC are elected by the AU Executive Council and appointed by the Assembly for four-year terms 4 renewable once. The regions from which the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson are appointed are entitled to one commissioner each. All other regions are entitled to two commissioners. The Commission Statutes, state that at least one commissioner from each region shall be a woman, and the usual practice is equal gender representation. Voting for each portfolio is by a series of ballots and a two-thirds majority. Appointments are declared during the Assembly Summit following the Executive Council elections. Elections and terms are governed by the AU Assembly Rules of Procedure, Executive Council Rules of Procedure and the Commission Statutes. The Executive Council Rules of Procedure also set out the nomination and selection process.

AUC Commissioners

  • Commissioner for Peace and Security – Smail Chergui, Algeria (re-elected in January 2017)
  • Commissioner for Political Affairs – Minata Samate Cessouma, Burkina Faso (elected in January 2017)
  • Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy - Amani Abou-Zeid, Egypt (elected in January 2017)
  • Commissioner for Social Affairs - Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil, Sudan (elected in January 2017)
  • Commissioner for Trade and Industry - Albert M Muchanga, Zambia (elected in January 2017)
  • Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture - Josefa Leonel Correa Sacko, Angola (elected in January 2017)
  • Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology - Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor, Cameroun (elected in July 2017)
  • Commissioner for Economic Affairs - Victor Harison, Madagascar (elected in July 2017)