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27th Summit of the African Union in Kigali
(Rwanda) 17 to 18 July 2016
  • South Africa: Aspiring AU chairperson Bathily says Africa lacks 'vigorous private sector'
    30 november 2016 19:33:21
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - One of the leading contenders for the African Union chairperson position, Senegalese diplomat Abdoulaye Bathily, has strongly argued that public and private economic players must "pull together" to build an "African social base" for the development of the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU draws attention to terrorist financing through nonprofit activities
    28 november 2016 15:40:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called on member states to review the adequacy of their laws and regulations aimed at controlling the non-profit and financial sectors, in order to prevent the possibility of terrorist organizations posing as legitimate entities. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU stresses public awareness to resist extremist narrative in Africa
    17 november 2016 19:15:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Associations of victims of terrorism in Africa are not only an important tool for speaking out against extremist violence, but also a key area for the African Union (AU) agenda for the prevention and combating of terrorism and violent extremism, a senior official of the continental body said Thursday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Special Summit declares rapid military force ready to deploy
    10 november 2016 13:26:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has declared its temporary multinational intervention force, the Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC), mooted as a response to the French military intervention in Mali, ready for deployment in current trouble spots across Africa.Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU High Level Committee calls for new inclusive cabinet in Libya
    09 november 2016 11:54:19
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) -The African Union (AU) High Level Committee on Libya has called upon all members of the House of Representatives (HoR) and the Presidency Council to work together for the appointment of a new inclusive cabinet and establish a new Government of National Accord (GNA) within the shortest time possible.Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu calls for practical action torid Africa of conflict situations
    07 november 2016 18:47:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has said it is critical and urgent that the willingness expressed by African leaders to do away with conflict situations is transformed into practical actions, both at the national and continental level. Full text...

  • South Sudan: AU PSC completes mission to South Sudan
    01 november 2016 19:29:23
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Concluding a four-day field mission to South Sudan, the 15 members of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) have emphasized the critical importance of ensuring humanitarian access to victims of the ongoing conflict in the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson condemns terrorist attack in Kenya
    28 october 2016 11:58:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that killed at least 12 people in Kenya's northeastern border town of Mandera on 25 October. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU, EU urge peaceful process to elections in DR Congo
    25 october 2016 17:47:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The agreement reached last week at the National Dialogue in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) should pave the way to a more inclusive process with the Congolese political stakeholders who did not participate in the Dialogue, in order to broaden support for a peaceful roadmap towards elections in the country, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council and the European Union (EU) Political and Security Committee said Tuesday.Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU,EU envoys meet in Brussels to discuss cooperation on peace, security
    21 october 2016 19:24:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) and the Political and Security Committee of the European Union (EU) ambassadors will hold their 9th joint consultative meeting on 25 October 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, the Council of the EU said Friday.Full text...

  • UN: FAO, AU partner on job opportunities for African rural youth
    20 october 2016 05:31:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has partnered with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to generate job and business opportunities for young people in rural Benin, Cameroon, Malawi, and Niger. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC's AU candidate remains optimistic
    18 october 2016 12:41:52
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s Foreign Affairs Minister and candidate for the office of the Chairperson of African Union (AU), Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, remains optimistic to grab the post whose elections are slated for next year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AU member states sign African Charter on maritime security
    16 october 2016 20:33:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - African Union (AU) member states on Sunday signed an African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development in Lome, Togo, with the Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that without securing the Oceans, the continental 'blue economy,' would be jeopardised. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: China, AU sign landmark agreement on high-speed railway connection
    08 october 2016 14:35:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - China and the African Union (AU) have agreed to begin the implementation of a five-year plan, aiming to connect all economic and political capital cities in Africa with high-speed railway, industrial parks and regional aviation networks, the AU said on Friday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: German Chancellor to launch AU peacekeeping complex
    08 october 2016 13:16:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due in Addis Ababa to preside over the handover of US$30 million peace and security complex built for the African Union (AU), the AU Commission has said.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU proposes special summit on ending border disputes linked to mineral wealth
    06 october 2016 19:11:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is planning to hold a special summit of heads of state and government to discuss how to deal with increasing border disputes linked to natural wealth, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui said Thursday.Full text...

  • Zambia: COMESA experts to address integration challenges facing member states
    06 october 2016 15:50:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The top decision-making organs of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are scheduled to begin meeting on 10 October in Antananarivo, Madagascar, ahead of the 19th Heads of State Summit on 18 – 19 October 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU, African govts to foster partnerships for continental growth
    03 october 2016 17:55:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN will next week hold a four-day conference in New York to foster partnerships between the UN and the African Union (AU), and with African governments to enhance sustainable development, good governance, peace and stability in Africa.Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan foreign minister to run for top AU post
    03 october 2016 11:51:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's foreign minister Amina Mohamed has joined the race to replace Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the local media reported on Monday.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR, AU, African host countries agree on final steps on Rwandan refugees
    30 september 2016 21:49:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and delegations from African countries as well as the African Union (AU) agreed on Friday on final steps to end the protracted Rwandan refugee situation after seven years of negotiations. Full text...

  • UN: Four international bodies unhappy with recent clashes in Kinshasa
    25 september 2016 16:47:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Union (AU), the UN, the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) have expressed grave concern over the recent violent events in Kinshasa and other areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where protesters and security forces clashed, resulting in loss of many lives while dozens were injured.Full text...

  • UN: Swazi PM says global integration vital for SDGs, climate change pact
    24 september 2016 19:11:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Swaziland's Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini on Saturday said although the UN was forging the collective momentum needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackle climate change, but there is need for more global integration, in order to transform the world and achieve the desired results. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU receives more cash to bolster Somali peacekeeping
    23 september 2016 15:59:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has received nearly half of the 360 million Euros it expects from the European Union (EU) to finance the peace enforcement operation in Somalia, a senior AU official said Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU approves election observer mission to Cape Verde
    23 september 2016 15:40:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has formally dispatched a short-term election observer mission to Praia, Cape Verde, to monitor the country's Presidential elections slated for 2 October, the AU Commission said Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Morocco formally requests to rejoin AU
    23 september 2016 14:43:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Kingdom of Morocco has officially submitted a request to accede to the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act, and therefore become a Member of the Union, the African Union Commission said in a statement Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Africa marks International Peace Day
    21 september 2016 11:02:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - All citizens of the African Union (AU) member states should rally to the core of “Silencing the Guns” campaign in Africa by 2020, AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said on Wednesday in her message marking International Peace Day.Full text...

  • UN: Obama tasks world leaders on global integration
    20 september 2016 20:36:44
    New York, US (PANA) - In his final address to the UN General Assembly as US President, Barack Obama on Tuesday appealed for global integration in the face of religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity, aggressive nationalism and crude populism. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU appeals for restraint in DRC capital
    20 september 2016 19:27:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamani Zuma on Tuesday deplored "the serious excesses that occurred during the demonstrations organized by some members of the opposition" in Kinshasa, capital of DR Congo. Full text...

  • Somalia: Intl community calls for speedy, transparent, credible electoral process in Somalia
    18 september 2016 18:28:06
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The international community has welcomed the progress made in clarifying the electoral model for Somalia, taking note of the details set out in the National Leadership Forum (NLF) communiqué and called for the speedy implementation of a transparent and credible process.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African finance ministers work on African Union import tax plan
    16 september 2016 19:08:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A select committee of 10 ministers of finance have ended discussion on the implementation of a new African Union (AU) Summit proposal to apply a nominal levy of 0.2% on selected imports into Africa in order to raise funds for the continental body, the AU said Friday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU official says tense, unpredictable situation persists in Darfur
    15 september 2016 13:26:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The security situation in the restive region of Darfur in western Sudan remains "tense and unpredictable", a senior official of the African Union (AU) said here Thursday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU signs pact to champion rights of vulnerable population
    14 september 2016 17:09:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union Commission (AUC) and HelpAge International have signed a memorandum of understanding to work towards improving the welfare of older people and the ageing population in Africa, the Commission announced Wednesday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PSC satisfied with court appeal by Gabonese presidential candidates
    14 september 2016 12:14:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) considers acceptable the appeal lodged with the Constitutional Court of Gabon by candidates to the 27 August 2016 Presidential Election, according to a statement issued here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU reiterates call to UN Security Council to lift arms embargo on Somalia
    09 september 2016 09:32:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - While pondering the exit strategy for the African peacekeeping force in Somalia, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has reiterated its call to the UN Security Council to consider lifting the arms embargo imposed on Somalia as contained in UNSC resolution 2244 (2015).Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU says conflict mediation efforts face daunting challenges
    06 september 2016 19:27:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The range of conflicts that the African Union (AU) has to mediate and resolve have not only persisted but have grown in complexity, the organization's Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: African Union deserves visionary, dynamic leadership (By Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    06 september 2016 11:33:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - These are not good times for Africa and the African Union (AU), its flagship political organization, which many expect to provide continental leadership. The AU has just launched a fresh process to fill the vacant positions of its Chairperson, Deputy and eight Commissioners in January 2017 following the stalemated leadership election at its 27th Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, last July. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for resumption of talks on Western Sahara referendum
    05 september 2016 17:55:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday urged Morocco and the Polisario Front "to create the necessary environment for the resumption of talks and the early holding of the self-determination referendum for the Saharawi people."Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chair reaffirms readiness to resolve post-election crisis in Gabon
    05 september 2016 16:22:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chair of the African Union, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno on Monday reaffirmed the readiness of the AU to assist the parties in Gabon in finding a rapid settlement to the post-election situation prevailing in the West-Central African country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Libyans look to AU-led national dialogue to crush spoilers of peace
    29 august 2016 16:01:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Though the African Union (AU) announced at its recent summit in Kigali, Rwanda, that it intended to initiate a national dialogue on reconciliation among Libyan stakeholders in order to address the security crisis that erupted in 2011, it is still unclear how this dialogue will be put in place. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU panel worried about impasse on Sudanese peace Roadmap Agreement
    17 august 2016 11:15:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing extreme concern about the failure of the Sudanese parties to reach consensus on implementation of the Roadmap Agreement for peace in their country, the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on the Cessation of Hostilities Negotiations (AUHIP) said on Wednesday that “the Parties have allowed a real and critical opportunity to slip out of their hands”.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union re-opens race for next AU Chairperson
    12 august 2016 13:28:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has re-opened the race for the next Chairperson of the Commission, the deputy Chairperson and the Commissioners ahead of the polls in January 2017, the AU Commission announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: PSC urges mutual trust among parties seeking peace in South Sudan
    11 august 2016 18:42:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has once again called upon parties to the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) to embrace mutual trust, put the interest of their country and its people above everything else and to scrupulously implement the Peace Agreement.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes signature of Sudan’s roadmap deal by opposition parties
    10 august 2016 15:09:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by opposing parties in Sudan which aims to achieve a permanent end to conflicts in the country.Full text...

  • 2016 Olympic Games: AU greets African teams competing in Rio Olympics
    04 august 2016 11:41:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing optimism that all African teams taking part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will return with as many medals as possible, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has encouraged competitors to display best sportsmanship. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana FM renews interest in AUC chairperson position
    02 august 2016 21:30:48
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has renewed her aspiration for the Africa Union Commission (AUC) chairperson post, after failing to clinch the position in July during the last AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU, EU sign deal to strengthen war against Boko Haram
    01 august 2016 15:19:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The European Commission and the African Union Commission on Monday signed an agreement on a 50 million-euro support from the European Union’s African Peace Facility to the Lake Chad Basin Commission Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in its fight against Boko Haram, as mandated by the AU Peace and Security Council. Full text...

  • Somali: AMISOM condemns terror attack in Mogadishu
    26 july 2016 18:24:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The African Union Mission in Somalia has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred early Tuesday near the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA). Full text...

  • Rwanda: Australian parliamentary delegation visits Rwanda
    25 july 2016 13:45:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An Australian parliamentary delegation, led by Bruce Norman Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council in Victoria state, is visiting Rwanda to strengthen and expand bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries, an official source said on Monday in Kigali.Full text...

  • AU Summit: African First Ladies campaign against HIV/AIDS, maternal, child mortality
    18 july 2016 18:37:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The general assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) took place Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, reaffirming their commitment to advocate for access and investments in life saving vaccines for Africa’s mothers, newborns, and adolescents. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Morocco seeks readmission to AU
    18 july 2016 17:03:23
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Leaders of the African Union (AU) ended their 27th Assembly on Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, welcoming Morocco to rejoin the continental body it exited in 1984 after the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) recognised the independence of Western Sahara.Full text...

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