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  • Ethiopia: AU condemns killing of African nationals by terrorist elements in Libya
    20 april 2015 19:22:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Monday condemned the killing of a number of African nationals, reportedly from Ethiopia, by terrorist elements affiliated to the Islamic State (Daesh) in Libya. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AUC chief describes xenophobic attacks in South Africa as “unacceptable”
    16 april 2015 16:52:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has described the ongoing xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province as “unacceptable” and called for an immediate halt of the attacks. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU mission satisfied with peaceful climate at Sudan’s elections
    15 april 2015 15:17:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union Mission observing elections in Sudan said it has noted with satisfaction that the first two days of voting went on in a generally-peaceful climate, saying no major incidents that could have a significant impact on the vote were registered.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Africa hosts 25th AU Summit
    13 april 2015 18:18:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) –The 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union will take place 14-15 June 2015 at Sandton International Conference Center (ICC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, the AU Commission announced here Monday.Full text...

  • Mauritania: WB official lauds Mauritania’s role in sub-regional integration
    10 april 2015 16:59:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The World Bank's Director of Operations for Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, Mrs Vera Songwe, has praised Mauritania’s role in the sub-regional integration, noting that cooperation between the Bank and the west African country is driven by growth and diversification, as well as economic governance and services. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief approves deployment of AU mission to observe elections in Sudan
    09 april 2015 17:45:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Government of Sudan, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has approved the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Election Observation (STO) Mission to Sudan’s Presidential and Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 13-15 April 2015, the Commission said Thursday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief appoints four special representatives, heads of liaison offices
    08 april 2015 19:25:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As part of the African Union's continued efforts to maintain an effective presence on the ground and support the promotion of peace, security and stability on the continent, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has appointed four new Special Representatives and Heads of Liaison Offices. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls on businesses to employ people with autism
    02 april 2015 15:22:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday launched an employment "Call to Action", inviting businesses to make concrete commitments to employ people with autism. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: AUC Chair congratulates Buhari, urges Nigerians to maintain unity
    01 april 2015 11:19:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed satisfaction at Wednesday's official announcement of the results on the presidential election in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Senegal: AU gets US$50,000 booster for fighting Ebola Virus Disease
    26 march 2015 17:07:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Thursday received a US$50,000 grant from the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) towards the ongoing fight against the Ebola Virus Disease on the continent, according to a statement obtained by PANA here from the Commission.Full text...

  • Tanzania: AUC chief starts working visit to Burundi
    26 march 2015 16:43:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Thursday began a two-day working visit to Burundi, aiming to support the country as it readies for general elections while handling national reconciliation and development issues. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius approves Australian oil bunkering project in Port-Louis
    26 march 2015 14:49:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Industry and Commerce Minister Ashit Gungah on Thursday handed over a letter of intent to representatives of the Macquarie Bank of Australia, indicating the approval by the Mauritian government of the first project of oil bunkering activities that will be launched by the Australian party at a cost of US$100 million in Port-Louis, Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: AU redeploys election observers to Nigeria
    21 march 2015 12:39:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of an AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the general elections in Nigeria, which were originally scheduled for 14 April but later postponed to 28 March 2015.Full text...

  • Nigeria: AU joins FAO to mark International Day of Forests
    21 march 2015 10:26:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA ) - As the International Day of Forests is being marked across the world on 21 March, there is a need to conserve and adequately promote forestation at all levels, if efforts aimed at adaptation as well as mitigating the negative impacts of climate change, can be achieved. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Niger to host first African Girls’ Summit on abolition of child marriage in Africa
    18 march 2015 16:42:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A senior official of the African Union Commission (AUC) has welcomed the announcement by Niger that it plans to host the First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa in Niamey from 26 – 27 November 2015.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief congratulates new PM of Lesotho
    17 march 2015 16:45:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has congratulated Lesotho's newly appointed Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili who assumed his new responsibilities Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU to send pre-election assessment mission to Sudan
    03 march 2015 13:19:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Tuesday announced it is sending a pre-election assessment mission to Sudan ahead of the country's general elections on 13 April. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AUC Chair congratulates ASEOWA Head of Mission
    13 february 2015 19:21:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday congratulated Major General Julius Facki Oketta, Head of Mission of the AU Support to Ebola Outbreak to West Africa (ASEOWA), for being awarded "Distinguished Service Order" (DSO) by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Full text...

  • Tanzania: AUC Chairperson regrets disappearance of 300 migrants in Mediterranean Sea
    13 february 2015 18:57:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday expressed "deep regrets and sorrow" following the 10 Feb. 2015 disappearance of over 300 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, off Lampedusa Island. Full text...

  • Mauritius: IOC seeks role in AU maritime strategy
    12 february 2015 09:40:18
    Ebony, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has expressed its willingness to work closely with the African Union (AU) for the effective implementation of the security aspect of the African integrated maritime strategy by 2050 (AIM 2050).Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission Chief of Staff steps down
    06 february 2015 17:03:14
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday accepted the resignation of Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Natama from the position of Chief of Staff in the Bureau of the Chairperson.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Audit finds US$1.4 billion oil money not accounted
    05 february 2015 20:43:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A forensic audit conducted by an international accounting firm, Price Water Consulting (PWC), has found that a total of US$1.48 billion is yet to be fully accounted for or remitted into the federation account by the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN Chief says respects African leaders' decision on Mugabe Chairmanship
    31 january 2015 10:43:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said here Saturday that he respects the decision of African leaders, who Friday appointed Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe chair of the 54-member Pan African organization for a one-year term. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Namibian President Pohamba bids farewell to AU Assembly
    30 january 2015 20:26:11
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - It is incomprehensible that the Kingdom of Morocco continues to occupy Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, told African Union (AU) leaders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Mugabe assumes chair of AU Assembly
    30 january 2015 19:33:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has challenged the African Union (AU) member countries to deliberate and find lasting solutions to the scourge of terrorism in the coming year. Full text...

  • Tanzania: African countries ‘backbone’ of UN, Ban tells AU Summit
    30 january 2015 18:38:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – “African countries have been the backbone and leading Member States of the United Nations since the day they achieved independence,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Africa leaders gathered Friday at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UN chief says affordable, quality healthcare must be part of Africa's agenda
    30 january 2015 17:58:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on African leaders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to make affordable, quality healthcare a central feature of Africa's development agenda. Full text...

  • Senegal: African leaders hail performance of NEPAD Agency
    30 january 2015 16:37:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – African leaders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have hailed the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency for the important role it plays in transforming the continent, the African Union (AU) said in a statement received here by PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dlamini Zuma tells AU leaders to up gender equality, women empowerment
    30 january 2015 15:14:28
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In marking 2015 as the year of women's empowerment and development, Africa should take its continental programme of gender equality and women's empowerment to a higher level, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma told the AU leaders gathered in Addis Ababa for their 24th Ordinary Summit.Full text...

  • Sudan: Amnesty accuses AU of failing victims of violence in S/Sudan
    30 january 2015 14:43:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Amnesty International on Friday accused the African Union Peace and Security Council of standing in the way of Justice in South Sudan, having failed to make public the report of the Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan.Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian President attends African Union Summit in Addis Ababa
    29 january 2015 17:12:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi will attend the 24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held 30-31 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Office of the Presidency announced here Thursday.Full text...

  • Angola: VP Vicente to represent Angola at AU Summit
    29 january 2015 13:31:12
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola will be represented at the 24th Summit of African Heads of States and Government, scheduled to run from 30 to 31 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by its vice-president, Manuel Domingos Vicente, who is expected in the Ethiopian Capital Thursday.Full text...

  • Congo: President Nguesso to attend AU summit
    29 january 2015 13:23:32
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, due in Addis Ababa shortly, will participate in the 24th summit of African Union (AU) heads of State and government, opening there Friday, the Congolese public radio reported here.Full text...

  • Tanzania: New African report underlines right to nationality
    29 january 2015 13:15:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African States should include a provision in their national legislation that all men, women and children have the right to a nationality, as a fundamental prerequisite for the enjoyment and exercise of the human rights recognized by the African Charter and the other African human rights treaties that they have ratified, a new human rights report has urged. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma expected to play key role at AU summit
    29 january 2015 10:32:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is expected to play a key role at the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) which gets underway in Addis Ababa on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU says gains against Ebola encouraging
    28 january 2015 17:05:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As civil society organizations express concern over fulfillment of pledges, the African Umiom (AU) Wednesday said situations in the three Ebola affected countries were improving. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kagame says East African Standby Force ready to deploy
    28 january 2015 10:30:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and current Chair of the East African Standby Force, has informed the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, that the East African Standby Force is ready for deployment. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission, Cameroon launch French edition of AU Handbook
    26 january 2015 19:17:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed appreciation to the Cameroonian government for making available the AU Handbook in French, saying efforts would continue to ensure that the Handbook is translated into the other working languages of the continental organization. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ECA chief says Ebola-hit countries need debt cancellation
    26 january 2015 18:41:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - External debts of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the three West African countries which endured dramatic suffering as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease -- should be written off, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Carlos Lopes, said Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dlamini-Zuma calls for collective African action against Boko Haram
    26 january 2015 14:29:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Member countries of the African Union (AU) must act now and collectively against the progressing threat of terrorism perpetrated by Boko Haram in West Africa, AU Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said Monday at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Dlamini-Zuma prods AU members to invest more in youth
    26 january 2015 14:21:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission prepares 10-year plan on continental Agenda 2063
    26 january 2015 13:56:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - After completing its work on Agenda 2063 flagship integration projects, the African Union Commission (AUC) is preparing the first 10-year plan for a concerted shift towards focusing on implementation of this continental vision, the Commission's Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Australia launches Regional Search and Rescue programme in Mauritius
    26 january 2015 12:36:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Monday in Port-Louis launched a Search and Rescue (SAR) Capability Programme for Mauritius, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Full text...

  • Tanzania: NEPAD joins AU in fight against Ebola
    26 january 2015 12:08:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The NEPAD Agency of the African Union (AU) has said it is placing emphasis on mobilising African countries to put in place conducive and enabling environment for conducting clinical trials to test the candidate vaccines and other therapies against the Ebola virus. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU Commission Chairperson consoles Saudi Arabia's royal family
    23 january 2015 20:09:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday expressed condolences to the Royal family and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Congolese President arrives Tunis
    22 january 2015 11:34:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso is in Tunis for a two-day working visit, PANA reported Thursday.Full text...

  • Senegal: AU, Kenya to send 170 health workers to Ebola-hit countries
    08 january 2015 18:48:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union (AU) and the Kenyan government will send 170 health workers to Ebola hit countries, the AU said in a statement on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Coup attempt in Gambia raises AU concern
    31 december 2014 18:45:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said Wednesday she was closely following the situation in Gambia following reports of an attempted coup in the West African country's capital, Banjul, on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian govt. excited at the creation of Sahel G5
    26 december 2014 12:33:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - At its Council of Ministers meeting here Thursday, the Mauritanian government adopted the draft law on ratifications of the Convention on the creation of 5 Saharan States Grouping (G5), signed in Nouakchott on 19 December, PANA learnt Friday from official sources. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU's Dlamini Zuma emphasises urgency of local financing for AU plans
    20 december 2014 14:50:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders should take steps to break the impasse over the alternative sources of funding the African Union (AU), the Chairperson of its Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said Saturday.Full text...

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