Dr. Chihombori-Quao, a US-trained doctor, took up the position in 2017 and had strong views on France’s occupation and hold over its former African colonies, which she shared publicly. In her role, Amb. Arikana Chihombori-Quao was to work towards fulfilling her mandate to improve diplomatic ties and enhance the existing good relations between the USA and the African Union, specifically as relates to advancing the priority areas of Agenda 2063.
Political appointees at the African Union, including Dr Chihombori, are appointed at the discretion of the appointing authority. The duration of such political appointments is also determined at the discretion of that appointing authority.
Dr Chihombori received a letter on 7 October 2019 bringing her tour of duty to an end, in line with the terms and conditions governing her contract of appointment, after serving three years as Permanent Representative of the African Union Mission to the United States of America, and appreciating her contribution to the Union during her tenure. This is normal diplomatic practice for political appointees everywhere.
Dr Chihombori has never been sanctioned by the Commission on any public pronouncements she has made during her three-year tenure and nor has the Commission ever thought the need to do so. On the contrary, Dr Chihombori has maintained a public presence freely without fear or prejudice to voice her opinions. Therefore to state or suggest that Ambassador Chihombori’s termination of service is due to any pronouncements she has made, or opinions she may have held during her three-year tenure, is patently untrue.
We wish our esteemed colleague the best in her future endeavours and trust her successor will build on the solid foundation she has laid.
Spokesperson to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (Her Boss)
3. As to the Treaty of Berlin here is the text –1885GeneralActBerlinConference
Here is a Chinese explanation of it based on what we consider an in-depth study of the issue of colonialism22_08
4. As to trade, there is the African Continental Free Trade Area that went into effect this year. Here is that background on who has signed. Through the AU CIDO we can participate if we are organized to do so.Agreement-Establishing-the-AfCFTA-Status-list-July-2019
5. As to migration, there is the 2018 AU migration treaty, guess she, like many, has not read that yet. Very few have, in the USA, and very few countries have signed it. Here is the backgrounder for it:35956-doc-au-mpfa-executive-summary-eng 32718-wd-english_revised_au_migration_policy_framework_for_africa