- To promote and develop the use of African languages in general and vehicular cross-border languages in particular, in partnership with the former colonial languages;
- To promote functional multilingualism, especially at the education sector;
- To ensure the development of African languages as a factor of African integration and development.
- To establish its two working structures: Vehicular Cross-border Language Commissions (VCLC) and National Language Structures (NLS) as national focal points in the Member States of the African Union.
- To accompany the Ministers of Education and of Culture of the African Union Member States in the revamping of the system of education in Africa.
- To technically assist Member States of the African Union in the formulation and implementation of national language policies.
- To assist in the implementation of the Charter for the African Cultural Renaissance and of the Language Plan of Action for Africa
- To collaborate with the regional institutions of language and oral tradition such as:
® The African Union’s Centre of Linguistic and Historical Studies through Oral Tradition (CELHTO);
® The International Centre for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages (CERDOTOLA);
® The Eastern African Centre for Research on Oral Tradition and National Languages (EACROTANAL),
® The International Centre for Bantu Civilisation, (CICIBA)…