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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • AU monitoring developments in Zimbabwe
    15 november 2017 19:53:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union on Wednesday called for a democratic transition in Zimbabwe in accordance with its Charter on democracy and good governance. Full text...

  • African negotiators begin final round of talks on continental free trade area
    07 november 2017 16:20:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - African trade negotiators have kicked off a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria's administrative capital, to finalise the key planks of a continental free trade agreement, the African Union's trade and industry department said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • President Bashir received Chairperson of AU Commission
    06 november 2017 20:32:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Bashir of Sudan on Monday received the visiting Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Musa Faki, and told him that Sudan fully supports AU reforms and implementation of the 2063 agenda.Full text...

  • AU observers give mixed signal on Kenyan Presidential elections outcome
    31 october 2017 15:47:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is not in a position to determine whether the Kenyan Presidential elections were credible but it was conducted in accordance with the law, African Union Election Observer Mission Chief, Thabo Mbeki, said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 3rd AU Specialized Technical Committee meeting begins in Addis Ababa
    26 october 2017 15:53:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ministerial segment of the Third African Union (AU) Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday following a meeting of experts from 23-25 October, 2017. Full text...

  • LEAD: Polls open in Kenya's rerun presidential election; early turnout low
    26 october 2017 07:07:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Voting in Kenya's repeat presidential election kicked off on Thursday with low voter turnout and pockets of resistance from boycotting voters. Full text...

  • Polls open in Kenya's rerun presidential election; early turnout low
    26 october 2017 05:32:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Voting has begun in Kenya's controversial presidential election rerun with low turnout in many places. Full text...

  • AU, US Mission to AU to hold 1st-ever Counter Violent Extremism Week
    25 october 2017 04:50:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United States Mission to the African Union and the African Union are putting on their first ever Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Week at the African Union Commission from 25 - 27 October, 2017. Full text...

  • Buhari says Nigeria not ready for single currency in West Africa
    24 october 2017 17:30:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged member nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to tread carefully in pushing for a single currency in the sub-region by 2020.Full text...

  • AU, UN call for peaceful repeat presidential poll in Kenya
    23 october 2017 11:19:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres have called for a peaceful repeat presidential election in Kenya on Thursday, which the main opposition has decided to boycott. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson calls for full respect of human rights in Africa
    21 october 2017 15:50:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Although African countries have cast off the shackles of colonial and racist oppression, they need to do more to ensure the full respect of the rights of their people, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat stated on Africa Human Rights Day. Full text...

  • Lebanese Ambassador hails Sierra Leone's integration policy
    20 october 2017 14:15:09
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Ambassador of the Republic of Lebanon to Sierra Leone, Nidal Yahya, has hailed Sierra Leone’s integration policy in the last decade, saying that Freetown granted Sierra Leonean citizenship to more than 650 Lebanese families. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU announces breakthrough in free trade zone talks
    12 october 2017 13:43:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) has announced a breakthrough in the talks to create a free trade zone, with a market for 1.5 billion people and a combined wealth of US$ 2.19 trillion. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU chief stands ready to initiate measures to resolve Kenyan poll stalemate
    11 october 2017 22:30:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is prepared to take initiative to assist Kenya to complete the pending presidential election, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki said on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Gambia: Barrow says Senegal, Gambia present model for regional integration
    10 october 2017 19:07:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow of Gambia on Tuesday stressed the need for his country to work with neighbouring Senegal and become a "model of regional integration" by facilitating free trade across their borders. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kenyan career diplomat heads AU observer mission in Liberia
    09 october 2017 17:40:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has deployed Erastus Mwencha, its former Deputy Chairperson, as the head of the election observer mission in Liberia. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for restraint in troubled Cameroon territory
    06 october 2017 11:45:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called for restraint from acts of violence in the English-speaking North West and South West regions of Cameroon. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, Germany cooperate on skills development, Peace, Security and infrastructure
    05 october 2017 14:37:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The annual bilateral consultations on the development Cooperation between the African Union (AU) and Germany have been successfully concluded, with the focus, this year, on further cooperation in job creation through the enhancement of technical and vocational skills and entrepreneurship. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU reacts to revised US travel ban on African countries
    27 september 2017 07:45:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has welcomed the removal of the travel ban on Sudan by the Government of the United States saying it looks forward to the full normalization of relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Austria: IAEA opens new lab to boost UN efforts to keep harmful insects at bay
    26 september 2017 06:45:04
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday opened the doors of a new laboratory to help countries use a nuclear technique to keep harmful insects, such as mosquitoes and fruit flies, at bay. Full text...

  • Austria: Tackling terrorism, cybercrime vital for peaceful and sustainable future - UN agency
    15 september 2017 05:59:20
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the importance of justice to prevent conflict, promote peace and security, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Austria: UN atomic chief says DPR Korea's new nuclear test 'extremely regrettable act'
    03 september 2017 14:47:45
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Following Sunday's reported nuclear bomb test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the head of the United Nations atomic agency has spoken against “an extremely regrettable act” that completely disregarded the international community's repeated demands. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU concerned by low turnout of women, youth on election days in Africa
    30 august 2017 18:36:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Low participation of citizens in elections held in Africa and abuse of the social media by some sections of the civil society and political parties are matters of concern to the African Union (AU), according to a communiqué issued Wednesday by the Peace and Security Council (PSC). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges Kenyans to uphold Supreme Court decision on post-election dispute
    30 august 2017 17:48:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has called on the Kenyan people to unequivocally uphold decisions of the country’s Supreme Court on any post-election dispute arising from the elections conducted on 8 August 2017. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU observers endorse Kenyan polls conduct
    16 august 2017 18:47:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African Union (AU) election observers said Wednesday they reserved the right to make further comments on the outcome of the Kenyan Presidential election, but affirmed the credibility of the process had not been brought into doubt despite challenges posed by the opposition. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission urges Kenyans to respect the rule of law following Kenyatta polls win
    12 august 2017 19:23:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, reacting to the the official announcement of the final results of the presidential election in Kenya on 11 August, 2017, by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has called on all those wishing to challenge the results to do so through the channels provided for by the law. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN, AUC chiefs name new Force Commander for UNAMID
    08 august 2017 16:24:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Leonard Muriuki Ngondi of Kenya as Force Commander for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Full text...

  • Kenya: AUEOM orientation, briefing programme ends Saturday in Nairobi
    05 august 2017 10:27:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Preparing to deploy its short-term election observers to the field, the African Union Election Observer Mission (AUEOM) in Kenya ran a three-day orientation and briefing programme from 3- 5 August, 2017. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AMCOMET-Africa Hydromet Forum takes place in Ethiopia
    03 august 2017 15:28:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Development Bank Group (AfDB), collaborating with other partners, is undertaking preparatory arrangements for the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET)-Africa Hydromet Forum, which is scheduled to take place at the headquarters of the African Union Commission, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 12 to 15 September, 2017. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo says Lake Chad Basin nations working together to defeat Boko Haram
    31 july 2017 18:31:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Countries in the Lake Chad Basin have worked together very well in dealing with the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency and the consequent humanitarian crisis, Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo told a delegation from the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on Monday.Full text...

  • Austria: UN agency urges world to 'act now' to help, protect trafficking victims
    30 july 2017 06:10:17
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – As links between wars, trafficking and migrant smuggling become more widely known, the United Nations is calling on the international community to act now to help and protect trafficking victims and to end this crime forever. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari accepts new AU role on fight against corruption
    25 july 2017 15:11:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the current Chairman of the Assemblies of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) and President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, accepting his nomination as leader of the “2018 AU Theme on the Fight Against Corruption”. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: NEPAD proposes regional information hub to stimulate investment in Africa
    25 july 2017 05:19:29
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) has advocated the establishment of a regional information hub to advertise bankable projects in Africa, proposing that each country should have a window linked to the centralised hub as part of an overall objective to unlock bankable investment opportunities in Africa. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana signs new SADC agreements
    24 july 2017 18:57:34
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has signed amendments to four existing protocols that were recently rectified by Southern African Development Community (SADC). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC deploys Election Observation Mission to 2017 legislative polls in Senegal
    23 july 2017 07:00:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Senegalese Government, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deployed an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Senegal’s legislative elections, scheduled for 30 July 2017. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU renews mandate of its mission Somalia
    21 july 2017 20:02:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on Friday decided to renew the mandate of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for 12 months, until 31 July 2018, after noting with “serious concern that that Al-Shabaab terrorist group continues to represent a threat to peace, security and stability in Somalia, to the region and, to the wider international community.” Full text...

  • Botswana: Australian company to open new mine in Botswana
    21 july 2017 10:57:23
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Australian company Mount Burgess Mining has announced plans to open a zinc and lead metal mine in Botswana.Full text...

  • Austria: Czech minister advocates EU military role in Libya to reduce migrants
    21 july 2017 06:07:05
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - The Czech Republic's foreign minister, Lubomir Zaoralek, has suggested that the European Union (EU) consider a military engagement in Libya to reduce the flow of migrants arriving by boat to Europe. Full text...

  • US: 'Int'l community needs to 'change narrative' about Africa' – UN chief Guterres
    19 july 2017 19:23:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Briefing the Security Council on their strengthened collaboration, top officials from the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday highlighted their joint work on peace and security in the Gambia, Somalia and South Sudan, as well as other African countries, and urged adequate, timely and predictable funding. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU selects Kenya to host regional centre for disease control
    14 july 2017 18:55:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has won the bid to host the Regional Collaborating Centre for the African Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the Ministry of Health here said Friday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa volunteer corps deployed to DRC to monitor Ebola
    12 july 2017 17:29:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A group of African health volunteers have been deployed to north-eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to carry out Ebola surveillance to prevent a possible spread of the virus to Central African Republic (CAR), the AU said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU launches Inaugural African Anti-Corruption Day
    11 july 2017 15:18:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, says the dedication of a specific African Continent’s fight against corruption marks an important step towards "the Africa we want". Full text...

  • Germany: G20 Leaders launch 'Africa Partnership' to address challenges in African countries
    08 july 2017 17:41:17
    Hamburg, Germany (PANA) - Globalisation and technological change have contributed significantly to driving economic growth and raising living standards across the globe, but besides the challenges it has created, its benefits have not been shared widely enough, Leaders of the G20 said in a declaration at the end of their two-day meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Austria: UNIDO, Japan promote adaptation technologies for developing cleaner, climate resilient industry in Africa
    07 july 2017 13:42:02
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) - With the support of its Investment and technology promotion office (ITPO) in Tokyo, Japan, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has arranged a study tour for African food processing industry representatives to demonstrate to them adaptation technologies for better climate resilience and low-carbon growth. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit unhappy over weak UN Security Council nod in terror fight
    04 july 2017 16:42:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Summit has slammed the UN Security Council for passing a “weak” resolution backing the deployment of a military force to combat Islamist terrorism in the Sahel region, saying the growing terrorism threat in the region could not be tackled conventionally. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU proposes Special Summit over cross-border trade deal
    04 july 2017 14:28:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union will call for an extraordinary Summit to discuss and approve the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) within the negotiating deadline of Dec. 2017, Nigerien President Issoufou Mahamadou, leading the Heads of State body assigned to deliver the trade deal, said here Tuesday.Full text...

  • Gambia: President Barrow backs AU reform process
    04 july 2017 14:19:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow, has pledged his backing to the African Union (AU) reform process, saying the reform is compelled by the need to change the norm in which the continental organization is being governed.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AfDB, Japanese Gov't launch Japan-Africa Energy Initiative
    04 july 2017 13:21:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Japan have signed a Letter of Intent to launch the Japan-Africa Energy Initiative (JAEI) to provide significant support to the New Deal on Energy for Africa, aimed at achieving universal access to energy by 2025, using available energy sources and the most advanced technologies. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African leaders vow to end foreign dominance
    04 july 2017 12:55:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders rose from two days of talks on pressing developmental matters, peace, security and administrative matters affecting the continent at their 29th session of the Heads of State Assembly with a call for the UN reform and the reform of global peacekeeping operations. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU troop deployment sought for Djibouti-Eritrea border flashpoint
    04 july 2017 09:16:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – East African foreign ministers have called on the African Union (AU) Summit to immediately authorise the deployment of troops to the border of Djibouti and Eritrea to fill the power and security vacuum created by the withdrawal of Qatari forces there. Full text...

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