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African Union Representational Mission to the USA


Mandate of AU Mission

The Mandate of the AU Mission to the Unites States is to develop, maintain, and consolidate constructive and productive institutional relationships between the African Union and the Government of the United States of America, the Bretton Woods Institutions, non-governmental and academic organizations engaged in African issues and policy, and Africans in the Diaspora.

African Union Ambassador to the USA

H.E. Hilda Suka-Mafudze

H.E. Hilda Suka-Mafudze is the African Union Ambassador to the United States of America since October 2021.  She was nominated by H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, to lead the African Union Mission in the USA, the first bilateral diplomatic Mission opened by the AU in 2007.

Ambassador Hilda Suka-Mafudze is the Permanent Representative of the African Union to the United States of America. Her core mandate is to enhance and maintain existing bilateral ties. These ties strengthen democratic institutions, advance trade and investment, knowledge sharing, promotes peace and security, mutual relationships between U.S and all 55 AU member countries based on culture and shared values. A career diplomat with experience that spans the African continent, Ambassador Suka-Mafudze assumed her most recent duties on November 2, 2020. Prior to coming to the U.S., she helped lead diplomacy for more than two decades in a variety of top government positions in her home country – Zimbabwe. Wellknown as a “quiet champion of democracy,” Ambassador SukaMafudze held ambassadorial positions representing her country in Khartoum Sudan and South Sudan between 2010 and 2019, and most recently in the Republic of Malawi. more


The Core Functions of the Mission to the USA include:

Coordinate African Positions;  Build, Sustain and Nurture the Bilateral Relationship; Monitor and Advise the African Union Headquarters; Inform America and Promote Africa; Support Multilateral Relationships; Resource Mobilization; Administrative; Build Constituencies for Africa; and Advocacy.