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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • AU says US decision on Jerusalem complicates Middle East conflict
    07 december 2017 08:33:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Thursday US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was regrettable and would increase tensions.Full text...

  • Airlift for 20,000 enslaved African migrants in Libya set to begin - AU
    07 december 2017 07:04:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A joint task force planning the repatriation of migrants, stuck in Libya and subjected to slavery and servitude, plans to begin airlifts from the North African nation for some 20,000 migrants held in government-controlled regions, the African Union said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU, EU leaders condemn maltreatment of African migrants
    30 november 2017 19:10:41
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - African and European leaders who gathered in Abidjan for the 5th African Union-European Union (AU-EU) Summit have condemned “in the strongest terms” inhuman treatment of African migrants and refugees by criminal groups. Full text...

  • President Tusk urges EU leaders to replenish Trust Fund for Africa
    30 november 2017 16:59:28
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – European Union (EU) President Donald Tusk on Thursday called on his European colleagues to live up to their commitment to replenish the EU Trust Fund for Africa, assuring that they would make it. Full text...

  • UN chief spotlights importance of AU-EU strategic partnership
    29 november 2017 22:03:58
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – The importance of regional organizations grows with every decade that passes as they are essential to face the difficult challenges that threaten the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday at the African Union-European Union Summit in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • EU leader calls for true African-European alliance
    29 november 2017 17:05:53
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Calling for a true alliance between Africa and Europe “to face our challenges and seize our opportunities together”, European Union President Donald Tusk has highlighted peace and security as well as migration as issues that need political and operational cooperation. Full text...

  • Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Abidjan for EU-AU summit
    29 november 2017 15:04:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame is among the African leaders attending the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, under the theme:“Investing in the Youth for a Sustainable Development”, an official source confirmed Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • President Talon attends AU-EU summit in Abidjan
    29 november 2017 14:22:56
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Beninese president, Patrice Talon, has left Cotonou for the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, to take part in the fifth summit of African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) heads of State and government, which opens on Wednesday, sources close to the Beninese presidency said. Full text...

  • Partnerships ‘the only way’ to tackle global challenges, says UNIDO chief
    28 november 2017 06:18:56
    Vienna Austria (PANA) – The Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) was reappointed for a second term on Monday as the 17th UNIDO General Conference opened in Vienna, Austria. Full text...

  • President Buhari to attend EU-AU Abidjan summit
    27 november 2017 10:57:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Presidency on Monday announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the 5th European Union-African Union (EU-AU) Summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on November 28-29, 2017. Full text...

  • AU ministers agree to seek greater say on global internet governance agenda
    23 november 2017 17:46:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers of communication, technology and information resolved on Thursday to seek a greater role in international internet governance. Full text...

  • AU mandated to nominate election expert for Congo’s delayed Presidential elections
    23 november 2017 14:40:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) has been mandated to nominate an election expert with the funding of the UN to begin preparations for the holding of the Presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • AU urges postal corporations to tap internet revolution for electronic commerce
    23 november 2017 08:15:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Technical Committee on Communication and Information, Technology and Communication (ICT) has embarked on a new push to revolutionise the ailing postal services through a project aiming to rapidly fast-track regional integration and trade. Full text...

  • AU completes installation of internet exchange connection in 33 countries
    22 november 2017 12:05:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AU) has completed the landmark rollout of an internet exchange in 33 African countries, helping carriers of internet traffic to save US$65 million annually payable to European and American data carriers to connect internet users, an AU expert has said. Full text...

  • AU issues all out appeal for response to Libyan migrant crisis
    21 november 2017 16:26:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has appealed for logistical support from all AU member states to airlift and repatriate African migrants stuck in Libya, Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU celebrates Africa Industrialization Day with plan to accelerate growth
    21 november 2017 12:12:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has identified the development of Special Economic Zones as part of projects to be pursued by member states to deepen industrialisation.Full text...

  • AU orders comprehensive probe into Libyan migrants slavery
    19 november 2017 10:49:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union has instructed its l its human organs to begin a comprehensive investigation into the reported acts of slavery and slave trade involving migrants in Libya following a recent expose.Full text...

  • 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...

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