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Who we are

Until 2018 the task of representing Italy at the African Union belonged to the Ambassador of Italy to Ethiopia, but since then the Italian government, noting the growth of importance of the AU, has decided to establish (first European Union country to do so) an autonomous Delegation accredited exclusively to the AU, as well as to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and UN agencies based in Addis Ababa.

The Representative at the AU, Ambassador Alberto BERTONI, presented his credentials on September, 2021 and the Delegation office was inaugurated on February 22, 2019.

From an administrative point of view, the Delegation office is part of the Embassy of Italy in Addis Ababa, which allows it to have a staff reduced to a minimum, but it is autonomous for everything else.

The staff of the Delegation currently consists of:

  • Mr. Kidane Chane, Protocol Facilitator, web master computer IT assistant, Clerk & Driver to the Ambassador


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