Indonesian - African Union relations
In January 2012, Indonesia upgraded its representation to the African Union by appointing Indonesian Ambassador to Ethiopia concurrently as Permanent Representative to the African Union. In January 2015, for the first time in the history of Indonesian diplomacy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E Mrs. Retno L.P. Marsudi attended the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. At the Summit, the Foreign Minister of Indonesia had a meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to discuss steps to be taken in order to strengthen relations between Indonesia and African Union.
In the following up of previous visit by Indonesian Foreign Minister, the Director General of Public Diplomacy and Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, accompanied by the Director of Technical Cooperation, in December 2015, had a meeting with the Acting Chairperson of African Union Commission to discuss the potential of having technical cooperation under the framework of Asia Africa Center. The center itself is one of the outcomes of the 60th commemoration of Asia-Africa Conference that was held in Indonesia April 2015.
Efforts have also been done to improve cooperation with African Union in many fields, for example proposal on educational cooperation which is done in cooperation with Indonesian Embassy in Addis Ababa, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and UNESCO office in Addis Ababa in April 2017.
Other potential field of cooperation is on counter-terrorism activities. Indonesia's National Counter-terrorism Agency (BNPT) has met with African Union during their visit in August 2016 and November 2018. Both parties agreed to further explore on possible area of cooperation in counter-terrorism, radicalism and extremism.
In April 2018, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry, H.E. Albert Muchanga has attended the Indonesia Africa Forum held on 10-11 April 2018 in Bali, Indonesia as one of the panelists. In the event, H.E. Muchanga has delivered attainments by African Union in the field of trade and industry as well as prospects in those fields to create cooperation with Indonesia. H.E. Muchanga also explained about African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which was recently signed on April 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. AfCFTA also marked the commitment of African Countries in free trade and single market in the African Continent.