AUC Deputy Chairperson

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Deputy Chairperson
Deputy Chairperson, Erastus Mwencha, Kenya (elected by the AU Assembly in 2008; re-elected in July 2012 for a second term). The Deputy Chairperson assists the Chairperson in the execution of her functions and ensures the smooth running of the Commission in relation to administrative and financial issues. The Deputy acts as the Chairperson in her absence.
Biography of H.E. ERASTUS J.O. MWENCHA
Mr. Erastus Mwencha is a Pan Africanist with over thirty years of progressive experience in policy formulation and institutional transformation at national, regional and continental levels in Africa.
Contact the Bureau of the Deputy Chairperson
Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 ext 124
Fax:(251) 11 551 78 44
Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Anthony Okara
Tel: (251) 11- 552 56 29
Fax: (251) 11-552 58 40
Bureau of the Deputy Chairperson Business Plan
The Commission has made laudable progress in recent years to improve its institutional capacities and operational systems and procedures. However, many challenges remain and for the Commission to effectively work towards acceleration of the AU Vision and achieve all its medium term priorities of the Third Strategic Plan, it must continue to build its internal capacity so as to be equal to the task. Under leadership of the Commission's Bureau of the Deputy Chairperson, the Commission should do more to build on improvements in institutional capacity already made.
1. Enhance, strengthen and sustain Accountability across the Commission.
2. Drive performance and operational efficiency within the Commission.
3. Pursue a financially sustainable and viable Commission:
4. Promote synergies with AU organs and RECs:
5. Actively engage AU organs and Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
The Bureau of the Deputy Chairperson is mandated to support the Deputy Chairperson to execute his role in the effective running of the Commission, particularly administrative and financial issues. The Bureau provides further support in the implementation of the Deputy’s activities as delegated by the Chairperson. The Bureau is composed of the following directorates.
Directorate of Administration and Human Resources Development

Directorate of Programming, Budget, Finance and Accounting
Directorate of Conference Services
Medical Services Directorate
Staff profiles
Deputy Chief of Staff
Mr. Anthony Okara
Special Advisor
Mr. Patrick Y. Kankya
Special Advisor
Mr. Samba Jack