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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • African leaders urged to renew commitment to malaria-free Africa
    27 january 2018 15:49:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African nations must renew their commitment and strengthen instruments to attain a malaria-free Africa by 2030, their leaders heard on Friday at a high-level briefing held on the margins of the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • African Economic Outlook 2018 presented to AU Summit delegates in Addis Ababa
    27 january 2018 15:43:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African economies have been resilient to negative shocks, but poor infrastructure is a serious impediment to inclusive growth, according to the 2018 edition of the African Economic Outlook (AEO) presented to delegates in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the African Union (AU) Summit on Friday. Full text...

  • AfDB, partners to launch African Leaders for Nutrition initiative
    27 january 2018 15:14:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB), together with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners will launch the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) initiative on 29 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Guterres says partnership with African Union is fundamental to work of the UN
    27 january 2018 14:36:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Strong cooperation with the African Union (AU) is essential for the United Nations to be able to fulfill its mandate, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the two organizations signed a new agreement to bolster their collaboration on range of global issues. Full text...

  • AUC extends condolences following death of Mazimhaka
    27 january 2018 07:09:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission has been saddened by the death of its former Deputy Chairperson Patrick Mazimhaka, who passed away on the 25 January 2018, according to a statement issued on Friday. Full text...

  • Buhari leads Nigerian delegation to AU summit
    25 january 2018 10:22:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will on Friday depart for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • AU to launch 2018 as African Anti-Corruption Year
    22 january 2018 16:50:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU), during its 30th Assembly of Heads of State and Government holding from 22 – 29 January 2018, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will launch 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption Year. Full text...

  • AUC to launch Single African Sky
    22 january 2018 16:01:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) is set to launch the first AU Agenda 2063 Flagship project, the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28 January, 2018, as a historic event at the African Union Summit, nearly two decades after the adoption of the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision. Full text...

  • AU Permanent Representative Committee meeting precedes 30th AU Summit
    22 january 2018 15:51:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Under the theme, “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”, the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) of the African Union (AU), meeting at their 35th Ordinary Session, began a meeting here on Monday, preceding the 30th African Union Summit. Full text...

  • AUC, UNSMIL agree on coordinated approach to seek lasting peace in Libya
    17 january 2018 07:33:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) have agreed that a coordinated approach between the two organizations is vital in finding lasting peace in Libya. Full text...

  • 2-day AU gender pre-summit takes place in Addis Ababa
    17 january 2018 07:19:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 10th African Union (AU) Gender Pre-Summit to discuss impact of corruption on women’s empowerment and related Issues begins on Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, over two days. Full text...

  • African civil society adds voice to global condemnation of Trump’s ‘shithole remarks’
    16 january 2018 19:03:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African civil society on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump of the United States to restrain himself as well as educate himself about the world and its people and ensure that he espouses the values that the United States people have been known for over the ages. Full text...

  • African envoys at UN demand apology for US President's xenophobic remarks
    13 january 2018 13:35:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations have demanded retraction and apology from the U.S. Administration with regard to the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks attributed this week to President Donald Trump towards Africa and people of African descent. Full text...

  • AU, UN chiefs condemn violation of South Sudan peace deal
    13 january 2018 09:04:28
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres have strongly condemn the recent violations of the 21 December 2017 Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access in South Sudan. Full text...

  • African Union in fight against corruption for Africa's transformation
    11 january 2018 16:38:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa must get rid of the burden of corruption weighing on the lives of millions of its people -- women, men and the young, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has said. Full text...

  • AU Summit to endorse Africa ICT masterplan
    08 january 2018 15:05:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Summit holding later this month is expected to endorse a renewed push by African countries to rapidly spread high-speed internet to accelerate economic development in the continent. Full text...

  • African think-tank views capacity development as missing link in AU's Agenda 2063 (Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    06 january 2018 13:46:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa has lagged behind in the implementation of its social and economic development plans due to the lack of capacity in the key fields of health, education, science and technology, according to experts.Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson urges Ethiopians to uphold forgiveness, national unity
    04 january 2018 18:26:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Thursday called on all Ethiopians, irrespective of their political affiliations, to embrace and sustain the spirit of forgiveness and unity in the interest of their country. Full text...

  • AU Commission Chair says 2017 was particularly eventful, "youth our priority"
    01 january 2018 15:47:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Saying that 2017 has been a particularly eventful year, the African Union Commission Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, revealed on Sunday that "Youth has been at the center of our agenda", as the organization worked to open up opportunities for them in every field. Full text...

  • New UN agency projects to boost farming practices, improve farm animal health
    30 december 2017 04:30:16
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – People around the world, especially poor farmers in developing Asian countries, will benefit through the use of nuclear techniques in combatting diseases affecting farm animals and improve water management practices, the United Nations atomic energy agency has said. Full text...

  • 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...

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