Within the African Union, there are 6 regions: North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, plus one last region, the “Sixth Region”, which constitutes the African Diaspora.
The political, economic and cultural importance of this Diaspora is increasingly recognized. It contributes greatly to the development of Africa and this is why the African Union has symbolically included the Diaspora in its organisation.
This “Sixth Region” exists in the constitution of the African Union.
In 2003, at the end of the AU Summit, the Heads of State declared (14 (XVIII) add. :
“The African Union (…) decides to recognize the African Diaspora as an effective entity contributing to economic and social development of the continent. “
For many years this “Sixth Region” of the AU existed only on paper. Uncoordinated, it remained a virtual reality. It was therefore necessary to give substance to this institution, and move from a de facto diaspora to a de jure diaspora.
In 2014, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President-in-Office of the African Union gave a mandate to Dr Louis-Georges Tin, chairperson of the CRAN (the French black coalition), to set up the African Diaspora, to “give substance” to the Sixth Region:
“You wished to attract our attention about your project that aims to give substance to the 6th region of the African Union(…). The interview I had with you and the information that we collected about your activities gave me the assurance of the major role the CRAN can play to contribute to the implementation of the programs of development of our Continent. “
Since then, with an international team, Dr Louis-Georges Tin has formed a Government, and launched development projects in all areas with the support of many African Authorities, such as the Republic of Mauritania, the Republic of Somalia, the Pan African Council of Traditional or Customary Authorities, the Hight Council of Wise Men etc., that all support this initiative.
In july 2018, during the Summit of the African Union, Dr Louis-Georges Tin launched this initiative : the State of the African Diaspora was borne.