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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 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...

  • Ethiopia: Deputy UN chief highlights stronger AU-UN partnership to benefit Africa's youth
    03 july 2017 17:29:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Monday called for strengthening the relationship between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations to deliver on promised development for Africa's youth. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission chair voices stronger civil society role in ending violent conflicts
    03 july 2017 16:46:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Monday outlined his five-point vision for a peaceful continent, calling on the civil society to play a more proactive role in ending conflicts and calling for justice, peace and cooperation of all players.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African leaders urged to demand end to Israeli occupation of Palestine
    03 july 2017 15:48:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, urged African leaders on Monday to demand an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and announced that his country was ready to accept a US peace plan for a two-state solution to the standoff with Israel. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit launches internet domain name to spur e-commerce
    03 july 2017 14:36:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) launched its DotAfrica internet domain name on Monday at the 29th AU Summit and immediately flagged off a six-month-long campaign across all African countries to urge firms and individuals to utilize the domain to raise the profile of their businesses. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mugabe donates US$1 million from own cow sale to AU Foundation
    03 july 2017 13:37:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe donated 300 heads of cattle to the African Union (AU), then sold them before handing the proceeds, US$1 million, to the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit opens amid renewed debate over budget financing options
    03 july 2017 10:10:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The 29th African Union Summit opened in Addis Ababa on Monday, with calls for the silencing of the guns of war and tackling the scourge of terrorism in Africa.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Libyan crisis dominates AU Summit agenda on ending conflicts
    02 july 2017 16:07:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday for the 29th session of the regular Heads of State and Government Assembly, which has been dedicated to the discussion about the future of youth and women, but with the conflict in Libya dominating. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: NEPAD reveals plan to revive slowing industrialization in Africa
    02 july 2017 15:45:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, which implements African Union plans, is moving to revive ailing industrialization efforts within Africa after the development of an industrialization plan, Chief Executive Officer, Ibrahim Mayaki said Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU plans all out war against army worm outbreak in Africa
    02 july 2017 07:45:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) is planning an all out war similar to its response to the Ebola disease outbreak, to combat an army worm outbreak, which has spread to 25 out of 55 countries, a senior AU official said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU warns doubts exist over independence of electoral bodies in Africa
    02 july 2017 06:42:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has welcomed the progress made by member states to form independent election management institutions, but expressed fears their lack of full independence still puts democracy at risk. Full text...

  • Austria: Women scientists, youth take centre stage at UN-backed technology forum
    01 july 2017 11:40:33
    Vienna Austria (PANA) – As an international conference on science and technology wrapped up in Vienna, the head of a United Nations partner organization that works to end nuclear testing stressed that women have a "powerful voice" in the global scientific community. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission chief calls for end to dehumanizing treatment of women
    01 july 2017 11:19:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has called for an end to the mistreatment of women caught up in conflict in Somalia, South Sudan and the Lake Chad Basin through the acceleration of the continental efforts to silence the guns by 2020.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief challenges Executive Council on peace restoration
    30 june 2017 19:58:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has challenged the Executive Council, the second highest decision-making body comprising foreign ministers, whose meeting opened here Friday, to discuss new measures to end African conflicts. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU makes major strides to eliminate cross-border barriers to trade
    30 june 2017 12:44:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) is set to finalise the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations, aiming to create a single and integrated market for goods and services by the deadline of December 2017, AU Commissioner for Trade, Albert Muchanga, announced Thursday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU gender Summit proposes economic empowerment measures
    30 june 2017 08:24:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) High-Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment has proposed measures to empower women and the youth economically through enhanced access to government contracts, equal employment chances and bank credit. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ghanaian President appointed the AU Special Envoy for gender
    30 june 2017 06:08:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has agreed to take an appointment of the African Union (AU) Chairman, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, to lead a gender empowerment campaign across Africa, a highlight to the intense efforts to empower the youth. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks greater private sector voice to command regional trading bloc
    30 june 2017 06:05:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) will position the private sector to have an active voice on regional affairs and the running of the single trading bloc under the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) when it forms an African Business Council, a senior AU official said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Austria: Young people raise their voices for world free of nuclear weapons
    30 june 2017 05:08:50
    Vienna, Austria (PAAN) – Around 100 young people from 54 countries are raising their voices and harnessing social media to help mobilize support for a world free of nuclear weapons, and advance the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit pressed for urgent action on refugee burden, youth radicalization
    29 june 2017 15:23:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Summit would be called upon to address the plight of refugees fleeing hardships at home in search of jobs and the radicalization of the youth to reap the benefits of the youth, the main issue dominating debate at the High-Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, which kicked off here Thursday. Full text...

  • Austria: Scientists to discuss monitoring, verification under UN nuclear test-ban treaty
    27 june 2017 06:46:52
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Scientists and technical experts from all over the world are gathering this week in Vienna, Austria, for a meeting convened by the United Nations partner organization working to establish a verification regime to monitor global compliance with the comprehensive ban on nuclear testing. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes UN Security Council resolution on G5 force for Sahel States
    23 june 2017 07:28:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s authorization for the deployment of a Joint Force for the Group of Five for the Sahel States (FC-G5S), reiterating the importance of the Group to address the persistent threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crimes.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU asks member states to assist Gambia's security sector reform
    21 june 2017 17:43:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Gambia needs personnel support from the African Union Commission (AUC) and AU member states for reforming its security sector and the newly initiated process of transitional justice, according to the AU Peace and Security Council.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges member states to criminalize child marriages
    20 june 2017 18:10:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing disgust over the increase of cases of child marriages and other forms of abuse against children, particularly young girls, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged all member states to criminalize child marriages.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chair worried over the rising number of African refugees
    20 june 2017 14:52:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Painting a gloomy picture of the refugee problems confronting Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Mahamat, on Tuesday warned that the total number of displaced and stateless persons in Africa has drastically increased from 10.2 million to approximately 18 million between 2011 and 2016. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council renews impetus for the Africa-EU Partnership
    19 june 2017 10:44:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Europe and Africa have much to gain from further increasing political and economic ties, because as close neighbours, both share a common future and 2017 is an important year for their partnership, the Council of the European Union (EU) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief calls for speedy resolve of rift among Gulf states
    16 june 2017 20:04:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Mahamat Moussa Faki has expressed his growing concern over the political dispute among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Full text...

  • US: UN cooperation with AU must be less 'ad hoc,' Security Council told
    16 june 2017 05:50:24
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations must move towards a more institutionalized approach for the joint planning, mandating, financing and supporting of African Union (AU) peace-support operations, the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns assassination of incoming PM's wife in Lesotho
    15 june 2017 19:06:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has been shocked and saddened by the assassination of Lipolelo Alice Thabane, wife of Lesotho’s incoming Prime Minister at Ha Masana village, in the outskirts of the capital, Maseru, on 14 June 2017. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges Sudan to ensure security in Darfur on UNAMID troops withdrawal
    15 june 2017 16:31:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Urging the Government of Sudan to ensure it fills the security and humanitarian vacuum that may arise out of the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Darfur region, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has expressed "deep concern over the widespread proliferation of weapons in the areas of return for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU mourns German Ambassador to African Union and Ethiopia
    15 june 2017 08:21:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has learnt with profound sadness the passing away of the German Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Joachim Schmidt. Full text...

  • US: Security Council briefed on proposal to reduce number of AU-UN troops in Darfur
    15 june 2017 03:22:30
    New York, US (PANA) – The African Union (AU) and the United Nations are proposing 44 per cent and 30 per cent reductions in their troop and police presence in Sudan's Darfur region as a step towards an eventual exit, a senior UN peacekeeping official has told the Security Council. Full text...

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