The Kenyan president has proposed that his country host the headquarters of the proposed Tripartite Free Trade Area, which, once three more states ratify a deal struck in 2015, will group 29 African countries.
Topics to be raised at the AU heads of state summit to be held in Addis Ababa from 18-19 February will range from political, financial and energy governance, UN security council reforms, to the AU's response to climate change.
A few weeks before the pan-African organisation's next conference, which marks the start of the Comoros presidency, rivalry is intensifying between the two north African heavyweights vying for the AU presidency in 2024.
The presidents of Kenya and the Comoros, the two candidate countries for the vice-chairmanship of the AU bureau, a position whose occupant automatically takes over the chairmanship of the organisation the following year, were quick to mention the vacancy at the bureau's virtual summit on 2 November.
In his quest to take over the helm of the pan-African body, Azali Assoumani has deployed his envoys on a charm offensive aimed at winning over his peers. Meanwhile, Kenya's William Ruto has yet to get his own campaign off the ground.
After the SADC summit, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa remains wary of his Congolese counterpart Félix Tshisekedi, who has distanced himself from Pretoria in favour of new countries like Kenya.
Making the most of the current post-election vacuum in Kenya, the leader of the Indian Ocean archipelago nation Azali Assoumani has stepped up his efforts to grab the African Union presidency next year from its great rival.