The Department of Africa and Arab-African Cooperation carries out the following tasks:
Implement, follow up, assess and audit the joint Afro-Arab plan of action in areas of priorities to both sides as follows:
Political and security Cooperation.
Cooperation in areas of economy, finance, trade and infrastructure.
Cooperation in the field of agriculture and food security.
Social and cultural cooperation.
Partnership should be achieved through the following implementation and follow-up mechanisms:
Arab-African Summit: represents the supreme power responsible for policy and decision-making, adoption of strategy and short-term action plans and assessment of implementation progress. Its meetings are held every three years alternatively in Arab and African countries. The Department is responsible for carrying out the functions of the Arab coordinator of Arab-African Summit.
Arab - African Partnership Coordination Committee: The committee is one of the most important mechanisms of implementation and follow up of the Arab-African partnership. It is the executive arm of the Summit which undertakes, follows-up and monitors the implementation of the partnership strategy and action plans within the summit meetings. It also receives regular reports from the African Union and the Secretariat General. The Troika composed of representatives of the current, previous and coming Arab-African Summit Chairs, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the Arab League Secretary-General, or representatives on their behalf, and a representative of the current Chair of the African Union. Heads of relevant African and Arab institutions may participate as in meetings as observers. The committee's meetings are held annually at the ministerial level, and every six months at senior officials' level alternately in both regions.
Arab-African Foreign Ministers Council: Represents the political arm of the Arab-African Summit that reviews plans of action, receives reports of the subsidiary bodies and approves Summit's agenda and documents.
Arab-African General Cooperation Meeting: Convened annually between the African Union Commission and the Arab League Secretariat General for consultation on Arab-African political, economic and social cooperation.
Arab-African Economic Forum: The forum is held every three years, alternating between the two regions, bringing together government officials, experts, academicians, private sector representatives, civil society organizations and chambers of commerce of both sides for providing the intellectual support for the process of implementation and follow up on the strategies and plans of action.
The Arab-African Exhibition: The Exhibition is held every two years, alternating between the two regions, with the purpose of contributing to strengthening the Arab-African economic cooperation and identifying opportunities available for the promotion of joint Arab-African and channel investments.
Arab-African Ministerial Meeting on Agricultural Development and Food Security: The meeting is held every two years alternating between the two regions, and its facilitation unit represents the executive arm responsible for the implementation of the Joint Arab-African Plan on agricultural and food security development.
African-Arab Culture Institute - Bamako: Developing Arab-African relations, organizing programmes and seminars, conferences and festivals bringing together cultural experts, writers and intellectuals in order to promote and disseminate cultural exchange between the two parties.
Mutual participation in the Arab-African Summit and Ordinary Arab Summit: The Department participates as the representative of the Secretariat General in the African Union Summit, and the African Union Commission participates also in the Ordinary Arab Summit.
II. Challenging the Israeli penetration in Africa
The Department follows up on the issue of challenging the Israeli penetration in the African countries, Israeli attempts at consolidation of relations with Africa, and their attempts at accession to the African Union and holding important positions in the United Nations.
In this regard, the Department seeks to intensify joint Arab efforts and coordinate their positions towards promotion of the diplomatic and public relations with the African countries in order to prevent the Israeli penetration in Africa, recalling the African Union's stance in support for the Palestinian question, as well as operationalization of cooperation mechanism and Arab economic and development support for African countries, according to the 2013 Kuwait Summit achievements.
The Secretariat General succeeded in preventing Israel's delegation attempt to participate in the opening of the African Union Peace and Security Council Summit and the opening of the African Summit on 25th-26th June 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, underlining that the Arab League and its Member States do not accept that matter which represent a precedent in relations between the Arab League and the African Union and contradicting the African Union's stand in support for the Palestinian question. It also reflects a negative reference to the 4th Arab-African Summit held in Equatorial Guinea in 2016.
It is recalled that the Secretariat General has coordinated with the African Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to challenge the Israeli penetration in Africa, and the establishment of the Joint Coordination Committee of the three organizations, which has already convened its first preliminary meeting in December 2018.
III. Support the Arabic language dissemination in Chad
The Council of the League of Arab States Resolution7747 on 9th March 2014 on supporting the Arabic language dissemination in the Republic of Chad, which stipulated to submit the issue to the meeting of Arab Ministers of Education, in implementation of the resolutions adopted hereof, the Secretary-General Representative for African Affairs and Head of the Africa and Arab - African Cooperation Department has participated in the meeting of the Arab Ministers of Education, held in Tunisia on 29th May 2014, and briefed the ministers on the Arab League's resolution, the report of the Arab League's mission to Chad and the project of Khartoum International Institute of Arabic language of the ALECSO and the Conference of Arab Ministers of Education approved the following:
Calling upon Arab States to support teaching Arabic Language in Chad in different educational phases, and to establish inter-Arab coordination mechanisms, cooperatively with the Arab League's Secretariat General and the organization.
Calling upon the Secretariat General and Arabic Language Education Support Fund to provide the necessary basis for activities and programmes to support education in Chad.
Calling upon the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (Khartoum International Institute of Arabic language) to provide the necessary technical support and expertise for the implementation of activities and programmes for supporting Arab language teaching in Chad.
The Arab League Council at Ministerial Level adopted Resolution 136 on 13th September 2011 which provided for the establishment of an "Arab fund for Arabic Language Education Support in Chad", but no financial contributions have been received by the secretariat General since the establishment of the Fund to date.