Central African Republic -
  • CAR leaders set for better governance, business environment
    15 september 2018 11:35:14
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The authorities in Central African Republic (CAR) have agreed on the need to accelerate the efforts to strengthen governance and transparency and sustain structural reforms aimed at improving the business environment, according to a statement released on Saturday by the Communications Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • UN Secretary-General reaffirms support for Madagascar's electoral process
    09 september 2018 07:29:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has welcomed the appointment on 7 September of Rivo Rakotovao, President of the Madagascar Senate, as acting president of the country. Full text...

  • UN police investigating killing of displaced people in CAR
    08 september 2018 05:01:40
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Perpetrators behind the killing of a number of people displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) must be brought to justice, the UN peacekeeping operation in the country said on Friday. Full text...

  • Malagasy national nabbed with heroin at Mauritius airport
    05 september 2018 17:05:48
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) has arrested a female Malagasy national at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam international airport, Plaisance, carrying 216g of heroin. Full text...

  • UN condemns attack that leaves one ‘blue helmet’ dead in Central African Republic
    25 august 2018 19:16:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the attack on 23 August by presumed anti-Balaka elements on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in which one peacekeeper from Burundi was killed. Full text...

  • HRW says there should be no amnesty for atrocity crimes
    25 august 2018 06:40:07
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – A general amnesty as part of the political dialogue in the Central African Republic (CAR) would be incompatible with the government’s duty to bring those responsible for grave international crimes to justice and with victims’ rights to accountability, five Central African and international human rights organizations have said. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity organises 'catch-up classes' for CAR children
    22 august 2018 10:58:40
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is facilitating "catch-up classes" for displaced children in the Central African Republic (CAR) to help them remedy deficiencies in their academic work. Full text...

  • Severe food insecurity stalks two Madagascar regions
    09 august 2018 09:30:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - About 1.26 million people are expected to be severely food insecure in the Grand Sud and Grand Sud-Est regions of Madagascar between July and September 2018, according to the results of the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) food insecurity analysis conducted in June 2018. Full text...

  • WB report says inclusive growth essential for poverty reduction in Madagascar
    01 august 2018 18:29:14
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Overall, Madagascar’s economy has been performing well, with growth estimated at 4.2 % in 2017 and projected at 5.0 % in 2018, according to the latest edition of the World Bank’s Economic Update. Full text...

  • EU military training mission in CAR extended
    31 july 2018 06:39:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has extended the mandate of its military training mission in Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) by two years until 19 September 2020, the EU Council has announced. Full text...

  • Medical charity raises raises red flag on children missing vaccinations in CAR
    22 july 2018 05:40:47
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A medical charity is warning that children in the Central African Republic (CAR) are missing out on routine vaccinations. Full text...

  • CAR relies on grant financing due to debt distress risk - IMF
    04 july 2018 10:19:46
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Continued reliance on grant financing is essential to support debt sustainability in Central African Republic (CAR), the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said while approving a disbursement of US$32.1 million for the country. Full text...

  • Restoring gov't control across CAR is ‘key’ to lasting peace, stability – UN envoy
    22 june 2018 07:28:09
    New York, US (PANA) - While many positive steps have been taken in the Central African Republic (CAR), progress has been too slow and is continually under threat from “those who seek private gains through violence”, the United Nations envoy on the ground told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring that restoring government authority is “key”, both now and in the long-term. Full text...

  • Persistent conflict and instability hamper economic recovery of CAR
    19 june 2018 19:00:32
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Deterioration in security conditions and the humanitarian situation is dampening hopes for a robust economic recovery in Central African Republic (CAR), according to the first issue of the CAR Economic Update published Tuesday by the World Bank Full text...

  • Experts gather in Madagascar to discuss Quality Physical Education in Africa
    14 june 2018 14:14:05
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The government of Madagascar, in partnership with UNESCO, the African Union (AU) and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), is organizing the First Regional Conference of Experts on the Implementation in Africa of a Quality Physical Education and the Kazan Action Plan. Full text...

  • ICC launches fund to assist victims of atrocities by Bemba's militia in CAR
    13 june 2018 19:20:44
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) is to launch an assistance fund for victims of former vice president of DR Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, following his acquittal by the ICC Appeals Chamber on 8 June on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Guterres welcomes formation of unity government in Madagascar
    13 june 2018 05:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the formation on Monday of a government of national unity in Madagascar led by a non-partisan Prime Minister, as requested by the nation’s leading constitutional court. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of second peacekeeper in CAR in a week
    12 june 2018 05:53:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations chief has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack that killed a peacekeeper in the Central African Republic (CAR), the second ‘blue helmet’ to lose his life there in the space of a week. Full text...

  • UN humanitarian coordinator condemns CAR hospital attack as 'inhuman and unworthy'
    10 june 2018 07:14:42
    Bambari, CAR (PANA) - Weapon-toting intruders at a hospital in war torn Central African Republic (CAR) drew grave condemnation from the United Nations humanitarian coordinator on the ground, calling it “an outrageous violation of international humanitarian law”. Full text...

  • AI says Bemba’s acquittal blow to victims
    08 june 2018 19:13:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Friday decried the acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on charges relating to war crimes saying the move was “a blow to victims”.Full text...

  • Malagasy Customs seize drugs destined for Mauritius
    08 june 2018 11:35:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA)on Friday said that 80.2 kg of cannabis, 35.5 kg of hashish worth and 25.5 kg of heroin were seized by Malagasy Customs on Thursday in Madagascar, following intelligence shared by the MRA’s Customs Department to its Malagasy and Reunion Island counterparts. Full text...

  • CAR calls for assistance from ILO to build peace through job creation
    08 june 2018 05:05:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Central African Republic (CAR) has called on the United Nations labour agency to provide special assistance to the conflict-torn nation and make it a “pilot-country” for the implementation of a programme to build peace and resilience through job creation. Full text...

  • UN chief strongly denounces latest attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    05 june 2018 04:07:25
    New York, US (P) ANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack that killed a UN peacekeeper from Tanzania and injured seven others while they were patrolling in the west of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • CAR crisis ‘breaks my heart’, says senior UN aid official
    29 may 2018 06:03:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The already serious humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR) has worsened amid a spike in violence which threatens to overtake almost every area of the country, a top UN aid official said on Monday. Full text...

  • ‘Healthcare under attack in Libya’, says UN human rights office
    22 may 2018 18:24:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Violence in Libya continues to have a devastating impact on health care in the country, with hospitals and other medical facilities bombed, shelled and looted; medical personnel targeted, attacked and even taken hostage or arbitrarily detained; and patients at times denied prompt life-saving care or attacked while getting treatment, according to a paper published Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Violence drives thousands of CAR refugees into neighbouring DR Congo
    19 may 2018 04:05:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency is calling for urgent support for thousands of people arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing conflict in south-eastern Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Mauritius, Madagascar set up Joint Commission to expand cooperation
    18 may 2018 12:10:32
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and Madagascar have embarked on a new path of bilateral cooperation and expanding the existing collaboration with the establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns attack against ‘blue helmets’ in CAR
    17 may 2018 20:25:33
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday condemned an attack against UN peacekeeping troops in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) that claimed the life of one peacekeeper, and wounded eight others – all from Mauritania. Full text...

  • Rights group says CAR special court should offer justice to victims of brutal crimes
    17 may 2018 06:43:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog says recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country’s new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country’s conflicts. Full text...

  • UNICEF calls for urgent protection of children in CAR
    14 may 2018 08:04:57
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - A dramatic increase in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the first part of 2018 has forced at least 55,000 people, including 28,600 children to flee because of brutality and violence in their communities. Full text...

  • Security volatility, high oil prices up downside risks to CAR’s economic reforms
    10 may 2018 09:17:30
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – Macroeconomic performance of Central African Republic’s (CAR.) remains favourable, although downside risks have increased due to a deteriorating and volatile security environment and rising oil prices, according to a senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Rights group tells Madagascar gov't mot to criminalise right to protest
    10 may 2018 05:19:59
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has told the Malagasy government that the right to protest should not be criminalised in the country. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns violence in Bangui
    04 may 2018 05:19:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Voicing concern over inflammatory rhetoric in the wake of widespread violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all actors to remain calm and to work together to bring peace to the country. Full text...

  • UN urges calm in wake of violence in Bangui
    03 may 2018 06:26:09
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has appealed for calm following fresh violence in the capital Bangui which claimed the lives of several civilians, including a religious leader. Full text...

  • SADC presses DRC to stick to electoral calendar, ensure credible polls
    24 april 2018 19:31:20
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday called on all stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to remain committed to the implementation of the country’s electoral calendar and ensure a conducive environment for the holding of peaceful credible elections, scheduled to take place on the 23 December 2018. Full text...

  • Red Cross says trauma unit of Bangui's major hospital 'completely full'
    13 april 2018 10:14:14
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The trauma unit at a major hospital in the Central African Republic (CAR) is filled to capacity after an outbreak of fighting in the capital, where ambulances transporting the wounded have often been delayed because of street battles and barricades.Full text...

  • UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    11 april 2018 22:26:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations chief has condemned the latest killing and wounding of the world body’s peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) during an exchange of fire with armed groups on 10 April. Full text...

  • Chadian refugee camp in Sudan closed down
    09 april 2018 20:20:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Monday said a major refugee camp on the border between the Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR), has been close down, after all refugees voluntarily returned to their home areas in neighbouring Chad. Full text...

  • ‘Blue helmet’ killed in CAR; UN mission condemns attack
    04 april 2018 05:29:15
    New York, US (PANA) - One United Nations peacekeeper was killed and 11 others were wounded early on Tuesday morning when the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was attacked by rebel fighters. Full text...

  • CAF Bureau in Madagascar inaugurated
    31 march 2018 15:11:47
    Mahajanga, Madagascar (PANA) - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has opened its bureau in Madagascar, located in Mahajanga, a city in the northwest coast of the country. Full text...

  • IMF staff review progress of Madagascar’s economic programme
    28 march 2018 20:43:52
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) – Despite the effects of a major cyclone early this year and drought on agriculture and hydro power, as well as an outbreak of the plague on tourism in Madagascar, the country’s economic conditions remain favourable, with sustained growth and macroeconomic stability, according to a team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that visited Antananarivo from 14 -28 March 2018. Full text...

  • ICC Prosecutor underlines cooperation with CAR authorities to restore justice
    27 march 2018 19:53:33
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – Justice and accountability are necessary to successfully surmount the recurring cycle of violence in Central African Republic (CAR), International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said, reiterating her Office's commitment to the pursuit of accountability for atrocity crimes in the country. Full text...

  • 'Funding shortfall threatens CAR refugees'
    16 march 2018 10:52:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly alarmed at the plight of thousands of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees who have fled to southern Chad since late last year, many of whom lack food, shelter and access to medical care. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns attack on education workers in CAR
    07 march 2018 06:51:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday denounced an attack against education workers that killed six, including one UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) consultant, who were traveling in the north-western prefecture of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Lack of funding for aid operations means ‘people will die’ in CAR – UN official
    23 february 2018 06:42:05
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A senior United Nations relief official is urging the international community to boost support for humanitarian efforts in crisis-gripped Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly half the population requires assistance. Full text...

  • Road to peace in CAR remains ‘long and difficult,’ - UN envoy
    23 february 2018 06:15:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The violence plaguing communities across the Central African Republic (CAR) is a reminder that despite the efforts of all stakeholders, the path to peace, stability and reconciliation in the country remains long and difficult, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council in New York on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya's new sports minister vows to uproot cartels
    20 february 2018 14:20:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's newly appointed Sports and Heritage minister Echesa Mohammed on Tuesday promised to lift the standard of sports in the country while uprooting cartels. Full text...

  • UN, partners seek US$515 million in humanitarian aid for CAR in 2018
    24 january 2018 16:42:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – With more than half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) projected to need humanitarian assistance in 2018, the United Nations, the Government and partners are seeking US$515.6 million in contributions to address the crisis. Full text...

  • CAR displacement reaches unprecedented levels in 2017 - UNHCR
    23 january 2018 11:34:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ongoing violence in Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the country’s north-west, has pushed forced displacement to the highest levels that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen since the start of the crisis in 2013. Data as of the end of December shows that 688,700 people were displaced internally – 60 percent more than just a year ago. Full text...

  • UN mission issues 48-hour ultimatum to CAR armed groups
    18 january 2018 07:09:29
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Mission in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR), known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, has given armed groups in the north of the country 48 hours to clear out. Full text...

Special File - Central African Republic

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