African Union

About the African Union

Short member description

The African Union (AU) was officially launched in July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, following a decision in September 1999 by its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) which was formed in 1963, to create a new continental organization to build on its work. A total number of 54 countries joined the new organization, whose headquarters remained in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Focus on specific topics

The overall vision for the ICT sector within the African Union stated in various frameworks and initiatives is to continuously set up and up date sound policy to match the technological evolution in one hand and build the hard infrastructures that will strengthen integration through internal and external connectivity of the continent and secure the access of citizen to networked Information Society and lead to the digital economy.

Main recurrent cyber-related events organized by the African Union
  • Workshops and Roundtable discussions on Cybersecurity  and e-governance for AU Member States diplomats based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  
  • Briefing the AU Peace and Security Council on cybersecurity issues 
Website URL

Contact details

Mr.  Moctar Yedaly, Head of Information Society Division /African Union Commission

Ms. Souhila Amazouz Souhila, Senior  policy officer / African Union Commission

Most relevant documents

The African Union participates in the following GFCE initiatives: