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AUC Deputy Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

H.E. Quartey Thomas Kwesi

H.E. Quartey Thomas Kwesi, born on 17 December 1950, is a Ghanaian national with over 35 years of experience as a diplomat. He was elected as the new Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Ambassador Quartey has served in various capacities in Ghana’s Embassies and High Commissions in Cotonou, Cairo, Brussels, Havana, and London.


The Deputy Chairperson of the AUC assists the Chairperson in the execution of his or her functions to ensure the smooth running of the Commission and is in charge of administration and finance. The Deputy acts as the Chairperson in his or her absence. The Deputy Chairperson is elected by the Assembly for a four-year term, renewable once. Election is by secret ballot and a two-thirds majority of Member States eligible to vote. The Deputy must not be from the same region as the Chairperson of the Commission. Elections and terms are governed by the AU Assembly Rules of Procedure and the Commission Statutes.


August 15, 2019

The Board of African Union Leadership Academy (AULA) held its second annual meeting at the AU headquarters in Addis A

July 29, 2019

Amb. Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the AUC, joined the Representative of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco to the African Union, Amb. Mohammed Arrouchi, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, and Moroccans to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

July 25, 2019

The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Kwesi Quartey, led the Commission on Thursday, July 25, to mark the African Day of the Sea and Oceans at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. The theme of the event was Towards a Globally-binding Instrument on Marine Biological Diversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdictions”.

July 22, 2019

H.E. Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of AUC, has received a team of 10 Recruitment Experts selected from the 5 Regional Blocs to help develop and revamp the recruitment system for the Commission. The meeting took place today, 22 July 2019, in his office at the AU Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim of the exercise is to help the AU retain high-quality African talent to push through the Agenda 2063.

June 27, 2019

The team organized a five-day Defence Resource Management training, with the support of the UK government, for selected Security Units drawn from the Commission and a few Member States.

February 09, 2019



September 29, 2018

Women of excellence; African women feted for their relentless liberation struggles and outstanding contribution to de

November 13, 2017

The African Union will tomorrow, 14th November 2017 launch the Gender and Development Initiative for Africa (GADIA).