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Accra 2007
  • Guinea-Bissau farmers worry over food shortages
    06 july 2007 19:12:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) – The president of the Guinea--Bissau Farmers Association (ANAG), Mama Samba Embalo, Friday told the media here his organisation was worried as the country was running out of food stock. Full text...

  • Mauritania seeks strong African regional blocs first
    06 july 2007 12:20:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) – Moving toward a fe-deral government in Africa must first begin with the strengthening of existing regional and sub-regional economic blocs before eventually merging them into what would be the 'United States of Africa', Mauritania President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi has observed in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • APRM members commend South Africa for inclusive report
    04 july 2007 13:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) – The African Pe-er Review (APRM) Member States have strongly endorsed the process South Africa undertook in completing the Country Self-Assessment Report and agreed that its process was "inclusive, participatory and innovative," a government statement disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Debate on federal African government concept continues
    04 july 2007 11:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konare confirmed his mandate was extended up to next January "because the conditions for an election were not met" during the Accra summit. Full text...

  • Kadhafi praises steps taken toward federal African govt
    04 july 2007 09:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi says "through the Accra Declaration [on the formation of a federal government], Africa has expressed its desire to move forward". Full text...

  • AU Summit sets no timeframe or type of African Union govt
    04 july 2007 09:29:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The ninth ordinary session of the African Union summit ended late Tuesday night without any agreed type of Government, nor time frame for the realisation of the proposed union government. Full text...

  • Senegal's Wade emphasises need to form federal Africa govt
    03 july 2007 12:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The ninth African Union ordinary summit is expected to end here on Tuesday afternoon with the adoption of a clear strategy for the formation of an African federal government within six months. Full text...

  • African First Ladies meeting in Accra inconclusive
    03 july 2007 11:38:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS has scheduled an extraordinary meeting either for Mali or Ethiopia on yet-to-be decided date following inconclusive deliberations of its fifth Annual General Meeting in Accra on Monday. Full text...

  • Opposition demands release of APRM report on South Africa
    03 july 2007 10:32:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's- main opposition the Democratic Alliance on Tuesday called on the government to release immediately the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) report on South Africa presented at the African Union summit in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Call for Marshall Plan for Africa a rising tide, says World Bank
    02 july 2007 20:44:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) - – The call for a Marshall Plan to lift Africa out of economic doldrums is a rising tide that may culminate in massive push concerning Africa, the World Bank said here Monday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi confident of Africa's federal government
    02 july 2007 20:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) - – Libya's Col. Full text...

  • Kadhafi continues his consultations with other African leaders
    02 july 2007 20:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi Monday afternoon here continued his consultations with other African leaders taking part in the 9th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) that opened here Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria favours "gradual" approach to Union Government
    02 july 2007 19:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nigeria favours a "gradual approach" to the establishment of a Union Government in Africa because of the critical need to focus on strengthening and consolidating internal governance, according to President Umaru Yar'Adua. Full text...

  • Kenya roots for stronger economic integration ahead of Union Government
    02 july 2007 19:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) - – Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Monday spoke glowingly of the benefits of a Union Government in Africa, but expressed the belief that economic integration and closer collaboration in other areas must come first. Full text...

  • World Bank 'supports' Africa's economic integration ambition
    02 july 2007 19:08:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The World Bank supports efforts at attaining the full economic integration of Africa, a key pre-requisite in the continent's quest to achieve a continental government, the bank's Vice President for Africa, Obiageli Ezekwesili, said here Monday. Full text...

  • World Bank provides US$5.7b grants, loans to Africa
    02 july 2007 14:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – The World Bank announced Mon-day that it provided a record US$5. Full text...

  • Chambas advocates clear timelines for Union Govt in Africa
    02 july 2007 14:02:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) - – The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mohammed Chambas, has said there is the need to set 'clear timelines' on the achievement of a Union Government for Africa, which is the sole agenda of the ongoing 9th summit of the African Union in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Kadhafi: Europe-bound illegal emigration humiliates Africa
    02 july 2007 10:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Libyan Leader Moammar Kadhafi has described crossing of the Mediterranean Sea on makeshift boats by African youths attempting to emigrate to Europe as a "tragedy and humiliation for Africa", and urged them to become more attached to Africa, to live and "die here". Full text...

  • Impact of African conflicts on women worries SWAA
    02 july 2007 10:05:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Society for Women and Aids in Africa (SWAA International) in a declaration issued Sunday on the fringes of the African Union (AU) summit in Accra, Ghana, expressed deep concern about the consequences of conflicts on women and children in Africa. Full text...

  • First Diaspora Africa Forum Mission opens in Accra
    01 july 2007 20:22:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The first Diaspora Africa Forum Mission opened Sunday in Accra, with a call on Africans and those in the Diaspora to team up for mutual benefits and to rebuild the continent. Full text...

  • Kufuor lauds Kadhafi's West Africa tour
    01 july 2007 20:16:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Current African Union Chair, President John Kufuor of Ghana has lauded Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi's West African tour, which covered Mali, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana, where he is participating in the ninth AU ordinary session that opened Sunday in Accra. Full text...

  • Konare speaks for political integration in Africa
    01 july 2007 19:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The chairperson of the African Union Commission in Accra, Ghana, on Sunday pleaded in favour of African integration, the only way like, he says, to take the continent out of stagnation and internal conflicts. Full text...

  • GJA condemns exclusion of journalists from AU Summit opening
    01 july 2007 18:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has described as "very unfortunate" the exclusion of accredited journalists from the opening ceremony of the 9th ordinary summit of the AU which opened in Accra Sunday. Full text...

  • 'Union govt will solve Africans' migration problem'
    01 july 2007 18:42:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- What, in concrete terms, do Africans stand to gain from a Union Government for Africa, which is being debated here by African leaders at their second summit of the year which opened Sunday (today). Full text...

  • 'United States of Africa' in focus as AU summit opens
    01 july 2007 14:38:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The grand debate on the Union Government in Africa got underway Sunday at the 9th ordinary summit of the AU in Accra, Ghana, with a speech made over 40 years ago by Ghana's founding President, Kwame Nkrumah, echoing loudly. Full text...

  • UN pledges support for Africa's integration
    01 july 2007 14:17:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- As the 9th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) opened Sunday in Accra, Ghana, the United Nations has pledged its support for Africa's efforts at full political and economic integration. Full text...

  • UN pledges support for Africa's integration
    01 july 2007 13:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- As the 9th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) opened Sunday in Accra, Ghana, the United Nations has pledged its support for Africa's efforts at full political and economic integration. Full text...

  • Kadhafi underscores stakes of AU summit in Accra
    01 july 2007 13:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • African editors press for meeting with African leaders
    01 july 2007 11:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The much-advertised debate between selected Presidents and Editors of Africa may not hold unless the organisers can resolve the scheduling problem that has dogged the meeting. Full text...

  • Journalists protest exclusion from AU summit venue
    01 july 2007 11:35:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – Journalists covering the 9th- ordinary summit of the AU in Accra, Ghana have lodged a protest with the organisers after security agents barred media practitioners from covering the opening ceremony at the Conference Centre Sunday. Full text...

  • UN tasks member nations for Darfur peacekeeping force
    01 july 2007 10:11:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guehenno, has called on member states to contribute troops, police and civilian personnel to the UN-AU hybrid force for the war-torn Darfur region in western Sudan. Full text...

  • Jesse Jackson stresses need to remedy Darfur crisis
    01 july 2007 09:49:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- American civil and human rights campaigner, Rev. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Tandja in telephone consultations over Accra Summit
    30 june 2007 18:59:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, acting chairman of the Community of Sahel Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Saturday held a telephone conversation with Niger's president Mamadou Tandja, whose country is a CEN-SAD member, an official Libyan source reported. Full text...

  • Mbeki leaves for Accra to attend AU Summit
    30 june 2007 18:49:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) – President Thab-o Mbeki left for Accra, Ghana, Saturday where he will lead the South African government delegation at the African Union (AU) Summit scheduled for 1-3 July. Full text...

  • 40 heads of state expected at AU summit in Accra
    30 june 2007 17:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- About 40 Heads of state and government are expected to participate at the 9th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) scheduled to start Sunday in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • 5 new members elected into African Rights Commission
    30 june 2007 17:42:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Five new members, comprising four women and one man, have been elected into the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR). Full text...

  • Kadhafi visits Ashanti king in Ghana
    30 june 2007 11:53:00
    Kumasi- Ghana (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi during his stay in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi (about 300 kilometres north of capital Accra) late Friday paid a courtesy call on the king of Otomgor Osei Tutu of the Ashantis. Full text...

  • Kibaki to push for wider Kiswahili use at AU summit
    30 june 2007 11:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki left his country for Accra, Ghana, early Saturday to attend the 9th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) summit promising to push for a wider use of the Kiswahili language on the African continent, according to official sources. Full text...

  • PRC wants financial sanctions on PAP board members
    29 june 2007 22:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – The African Union's Permanen-t Representatives' Committee (PRC) demands that the six board members of the continental organisation's Parliament returns all monies received for per diems, air tickets, communication allowances in fiscal 2004, 2005 and 2006 in breach of the regulatory provisions. Full text...

  • PRC sees EPA talks dragging beyond 2007
    29 june 2007 22:01:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – The talks on the economic pa-rtnership with the European Union (EU) cannot be completed by the end of this year, according to the final report of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union, a copy of which PANA obtained Thursday in Accra. Full text...

  • Sarkozy stresses importance of African unity for France
    29 june 2007 21:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) – Libyan leader Moammar Kadh-afi, who is currently on a visit to Ghana to participate in the AU heads of state and government summit on 1-3 July, had a phone discussion on Friday with French President Nicholas Sarkozy, who stressed the importance of African unity for France. Full text...

  • Unjustified US$3 million spent on AU conference in Dakar
    29 june 2007 21:27:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – The Ernst Young consultancy -firm, in charge of the audit of the conference of African Intellectuals and the Diaspora, organised in 2004 by the African Union (AU) in Dakar, Senegal, revealed a gap of US$3 million in the accounts presented at the end of that meeting. Full text...

  • NEPAD boss plays down President Wade's criticism
    29 june 2007 20:04:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Chief Executive Officer of the NEPAD Secretariat, Firmino Mucavele, Friday played down Senegalese President's characterisation of the programme as a failure, saying he (Wade) remained a part of the NEPAD despite the criticism. Full text...

  • Accra forum divided on Zimbabwe
    29 june 2007 19:39:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- An African Civil Society Solidarity public hearing on democracy and human rights in Zimbabwe, ended here Thursday in disagreement. Full text...

  • Poor remuneration, quota system hamper AU Commission staff recruitment
    29 june 2007 13:39:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The uncompetitive remuneration package offered by the African Union (AU) Commission and limitation imposed by its quota system have hampered efforts to recruit competent staffers for the Commission, sources at the Commission told PANA Friday. Full text...

  • ECA chief hails debate on African Union Government
    29 june 2007 12:19:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Abdoulie Janneh, has described as "most timely" the planned debate on the union government in Africa during the African Union (AU) summit in Accra, Ghana, 1-3 July 2007. Full text...

  • Opposition seeks AU team to monitor Zimbabwe elections
    28 june 2007 21:27:00
    Accra- Ghana, June 28, (PANA) -- Zimbabwe opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, on Thursday accused the ruling ZANU- PF party of intimidation prior to next year's election and called for an independent monitoring team from the AU four months ahead of the election. Full text...

  • Kadhafi meets Gbagbo, Soro in Abidjan
    28 june 2007 21:19:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Visiting Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi met separately here Thursday with Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro. Full text...

  • Women's rights group seeks gender unity in Union Govt
    28 june 2007 19:39:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A women's rights group said Thursday the debate on a Union Government for Africa must be a commitment to unite Africa's peoples irrespective of gender by upholding respect for women's rights and equality of opportunities for both men and women. Full text...

  • Ministers receive symbolic African citizens' passports
    28 june 2007 19:26:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A group of civil society organisations has issued symbolic 'African citizens' passports to African Ministers attending the Executive Council meeting of the AU which opened Thursday in Accra, Ghana as a way of sensitising African leaders to recognise African citizenship as a precursor to attaining a United States of Africa. Full text...

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