African Union (AU)

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Subject: The African Union (AU). The Economic and social development in Africa. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the African Union (AU)
  2. Objectives and members. Organs of the African Union
  3. H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
  4. The Pan-African Parliament
  5. The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
  6. Specialised Technical Committees of the African Union
  7. Financial Institutions of the African Union
    1. The African Central Bank
    2. The African Monetary Fund
    3. The African Investment Bank
  8. The African Union Commission on International Law
  9. The Commission of the African Union
  10. The Department of Trade and Industry
    1. Division of Trade
      1. Boosting Intra-African Trade Action Plan
      2. The Continental Free-Trade Area (CFTA)
      3. The African Common Market
    2. Division of Industry
    3. Division of Customs
  11. Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture
  12. Department of Economic Affairs
    1. Economic Integration and Regional Cooperation Division
    2. Status of Integration in Africa
    3. Minimum Integration Programme
    4. Economic Policies and Research Division
    5. Private Sector Development, Investment, and Resource Mobilisation Division
  13. The African Union Special Programs
    1. The Conference on Security, Stability Development and Cooperation in Africa
    2. The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  14. Regional Economic Communities
    1. The Community of Sahel-Saharan States
    2. The Economic Community of Central African States
    3. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
    4. The Economic Community of West African States
    5. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development
    6. The Southern Africa development community
    7. The Arab Maghreb Union
  15. The African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
  16. Partnerships of the African Union (the EU, China, Japan, the United States, Korea)
  17. The Constitutive Act of the African Union

The goals of the subject “The African Union (AU)” are the following:

  1. To understand the objectives, functions, and affiliated institutions of the African Union (AU): The largest institution in Africa
  2. To know the financial bodies of the AU (the African Monetary Fund...)
  3. To analyse the role of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Customs
  4. To understand the role of the African Union in the socioeconomic development and the process of the African Integration (towards the Continental Free-Trade Area)
  5. To understand the concept of the “African Common Market”
  6. To assess the status of African integration and to know the Minimum Integration Programme
  7. To understand the relationship between the African Union and the regional economic communities (REC)
  8. To know the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
The subject “The African Union (AU)” is studied...
  1. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  2. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Africa
  3. Course: African Institutions

Languages of study English or French Union Africaine Portuguese União Africana Spanish Unión Africana

  1. Credits of the subject “The African Union (AU)”: 1 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Sample of the subject - The African Union (AU):
Africa Agenda 2063

H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

We Trust in Africa

Description of the Subject: The African Union (AU).

The African Union (AU) is the main organisation in Africa and the principal institution for the promotion of socioeconomic development and regional integration in the African continent, which will lead to greater solidarity and unity between the African Countries and the African people.

The main objectives of the African Union (AU) are to:

  1. Remove Africa of the holdovers of the colonisation and apartheid
  2. Promote unity and solidarity among the African States
  3. Coordinate and enhance cooperation for development
  4. Protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the member economies
  5. Foster international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations

The vision of the African Union.

  1. The African Union is based on the shared vision of a united and strong Africa and the need to build a partnership between the African governments and all segments of the African civil society (mainly women, youth, and the private sector), to intensify the solidarity and cohesion between the African people
  2. As an African organisation; it focuses on the promotion of peace, security, and stability

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is a programme of the African Union created by the Africans, for the Africans and implemented by the Africans.

The African Union members are Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the State of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  1. (*) The Central African Republic was suspended in 2013 (Coup d'Etat)
  2. Morocco retired in 1984 due to the conflict of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

The African Union belongs to the African Civilisation.

Regional Economic Communities (REC) in Africa:

  1. Community of Sahel-Saharan States
  2. Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
  3. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  4. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  5. Intergovernmental Authority for Development
  6. Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Partnerships of the African Union with...

  1. Afro-Arab cooperation - Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
  2. The European Union
    - Generalised System of Preferences
    - Cotonou Agreement
    - Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
    - European Neighbourhood Policy
  3. Africa-South America Summit (ASA)
  4. Africa-Asia Strategic Partnership (NAASP)
  5. India
  6. China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC)
  7. Turkey
  8. The United States: African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  9. Japan (TICAD) Process
  10. France
  11. Africa-Korea Partnership

Continental Free-Trade Area (CFTA)
African Free-Trade Area

Related topics:

  1. Economic governance in Africa
  2. Economic Transformation of Africa
  3. African Value Chains
  4. Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)
  5. Cheryl Carolus is one of the inaugural members of the African Union Foundation

Samples - The African Union

African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption

Department of Trade (the African Union)

African Monetary Fund

Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)

Cheryl Carolus (South African Businesswoman)

Afro-Arab Cooperation

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