On January 15, 2011 the Republic of Azerbaijan received observer status at the African Union
In July 2011 the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan provided financial assistance to the African Union.
On 26-29 June 2011 the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the African Union Amb. Shahin Abdullayev participated at the African Union Assembly held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Amb. Sh. Abdullayev met with the Chairperson of the African Unioin Commission Mr. Jean Ping and Secretary-General of the Commission Amb. John Kayodi.
On 25 August 2011 Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan Amb. Sh.Abdullayev participated at the African Union's Pledging conference "Helping the Horn of Africa: From efficient life-saving crisis response today to long-term resilience to droughts". During the event the financial aid shown by the non-AU Member State Azerbaijan to the Somalia was highly appreciated by the participants.
During the 2011 through the Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) many African states suffering from social-economic and humanitarian crysis received financial aid.
In 2011 AIDA in order to improve financial situation provided financial assistance to the African Union Commission.
In 2012 AIDA provided financial assistance to Burkina Faso and Chad in the framework of the “Alliance to fight avoidable blindness" campaign.
In 2013 AIDA continued its financial support in the framework of the “Alliance to fight avoidable blindness" campaign. Such countries like Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Djibouti, the Republic of Guinea, Mali, Niger and Libya received financial assistance for the implementation of the surgical operations.
On 30 January – 3 Februry 2013 Commissioner of the African Union for Human Resources, science and technology Mr. Jean Pierre Ezin paid visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
On 14-22 May 2013 Azerbaijan hosted 3rd “Oil engineering and innovative methods of oil processing” training programme for the specialists of the African countries with oil industry. 13 participants from Angola, Columbia, South Africa, Chad, Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Mauritania, Egypt and Nigeria took part in the trining programme whivh was organized by “Chemistry and Geotechnological problems of oil and gas” scientific-researc institute under the State Oil Academy of Azerbaijan, AIDA, Columbian Development Agency and Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
On May 25 2013 Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the African Union Amb. Sh. Abdullayev participated at the ceremony dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of the African Unity (African Union) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
On September 24 2014 according to the Decree N 748 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Elman Abdullayev has been appointed as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the African Union with residence in Addis Ababa.
On May 6 2015 Permanent Representative E.Abdullayev presented Credentials to the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union H.E. Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
On 10-16 June 2015 Permanent Representative E.Abdullayev participated as an observer at the 25th Assembly of the African Union and 27th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
On 21-31 January 2016 the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Addis Ababa was represented as an Observer State at the 26th Session of the Assembly of the African Union held in Addis Ababa.
On September 29-30 Commissioner of the African Union for Political Affairs H.E. Ms. Aisha Abdullahi visited the Republic of Azerbaijan in order to participate at the V Baku International Humanitarian Forum. During the visit Commissioner was received by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan His Excellency Mr. Ilham Aliyev, Deputy Speaker of the Milli Majlis (Parliament) H.E. Mr. Valeh Alasgarov and Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov.
On 7-9 December 2016 the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Addis Ababa organized the presentation of the activities of the The State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (“ASAN” Service) in the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa during the Specialized Technical Committee meeting on Public service, local government, urban development and decentralization.
On 16 July 2017 Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan E.Abdullayev met with the newly elected Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat.
On 9 November 2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov met with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat in the framework of the visit to Addis Ababa. During the visit the Minister E.Mammadyarov also met with Commissioner for Peace and Security H.E. Mr. Smail Chergui, Comissioner for Social Affairs H.E. Ms. Amira ElFadil and Commissioner for Economic Affairs H.E. Mr. Victor Harrison.
On 23-24 November 2017 the Chairperson of the “Azercosmos” Open Joint Stock Company Mr. Rashad Nabiyev visited Addis Ababa in order to take part in the second ordinary session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and ICT and deliver presentation on the activities and possibilities of cooperation of “Azercosmos”. During the event Mr. Nabiyev had meetings with Ministers of Communications and Technologies of African countries.
On 23-24 November 2017 in order to develop cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and African Union countries in information and communication area, especially in the space area, the delegation led by Mr. Rashad Nabiyev, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Azercosmos attended meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee on the Communication and Information Technologies of the African Union, as well as demonstrated presentation about activities of the Azercosmos.
On 11 June 2018 Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the African Union Ambassador Elman Abdullayev met with the Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union H.E. Ms. Minata Samate Cessouma.
On 22-26 July 2018 Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union H.E. Ms. Amani Abou-Zeid visited the Republic of Azerbaijan. In the framework of the visit she was received by H.E. Mr. Novruz Mammadov, Prime-Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as met with H.E. Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Ramin Guluzada, Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, H.E. Mr. Parviz Shakhbazov, Minister of Energy, Mr. Fuad Naghiyev, Chairman of the State Tourism Agency, Mr. Rashad Nabiyev, Chairperson of Azercosmos.
On 23 October 2018 the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Addis Ababa organized at the African Union HQs an event dedicated to the upcoming chairmanship of the Republic of Azerbaijan at Non-Aligned Movement, as well as to EXPO 2025 Baku nomination and activities of Azerbaijan’s International Development Agency in Africa.