Rwanda Fronts Candidate For Deputy Chairperson of AU Commission



Rwanda’s Deputy Governor for the Central Bank, Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa,49, has been fronted as a candidate for the post of Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

On Thursday evening, Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vincent Biruta hosted members of the African Diplomatic Corps for dinner, to formally introduce Dr. Nsanzabaganwa, Rwanda’s preferred candidate.

What is the role of  Deputy Chairperson of African Union Commission?

According to the information posted on the AU website, 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.

Qualifications Required

Have not less than twenty (20) years of relevant professional experience with at least ten (10) years served in a progressive senior leadership role preferably in an intergovernmental organisation or national government/public service, international or regional institution

It should be noted that Dr. Nsanzabanganwa has been serving as deputy Governor at Central bank since 2011. She was also Minister of State for Economic Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (2003-2008), She also served as Minister of Trade and Industry (2008-2011).

Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Management, Finance, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Law, or closely related field from a recognized institution.

A PhD in Public Administration, Business Administration, Management, Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, or closely related field from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

Statutory functions

As Controlling Officer, and under delegated authority from the Accounting Officer of the Union (the Chairperson of the Commission), the Deputy Chairperson is responsible for the day to day finance and administrative operations of the respective Organs and institutions of the Union;

Chairs all Commission meetings and deliberations in the absence of the Chairperson with the aim of ensuring clear and inclusive submission of information by attendees and direct discussions towards achieving consensus and way forward;

Assists the Chairperson in undertaking measures aimed at promoting and popularizing the AU’s objectives and enhance its performance;

Assists the Chairperson in submitting reports requested by the Assembly, Executive Council, Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), committees and any other organs.

Assists the Chairperson, in conjunction with the PRC, in preparing AU budget and strategic planning documents that ensures optimal availability of resources required to deliver on AU’s objectives.


The Deputy Chairperson of African Union Commission every month pockets a total of US$13,759.46 (according Decisions, declarations and resolutions of the 31st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of 2017).

Chairperson of African Union Commission takes home US$15,576.75

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