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28th Summit of the African Union
Addis Ababa Ethiopia - 22 -31 Jan. 2017
  • Ethiopia: Guinean President assumes AU Chairmanship
    30 january 2017 11:52:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Guinean President Alpha Conde has assumed the rotational Chairmanship of the African Union (AU) during a Summit dedicated to the election of a new Bureau of the Union and the leader of its Addis Ababa-based AU Commission, PANA reported on Monday.Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU, IGAD urge cessation of hostilities in South Sudan
    29 january 2017 21:36:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN, the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Sunday reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union Summit considers new financing roadmap
    29 january 2017 14:38:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders gathered for a special retreat ahead of their main official Summit to discuss a raft of proposals on how to raise funds for peacekeeping and development programmes approved by the organisation, PANA reported on Sunday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kenya agrees to redeploy troops to UN mission in South Sudan
    29 january 2017 10:34:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Kenya has agreed in principle to redeploy troops to the UN Mission in South Sudan following its decision in November last year to withdraw nearly 1,000 troops serving in its mission there, a senior official said Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit to make huge Ebola statement with new disease centre
    28 january 2017 19:13:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit is due to make a huge statement of the its preparedness to handle future health emergencies with the launch of the African Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to deal with outbreaks of epidemics affecting humans and animals, officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit leaders impressed at growth of democracy in Africa
    28 january 2017 19:06:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders met for the first time on Saturday in several months to review the progress of democracy in five member states taking part in the good governance platform, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which got a new boost with Namibia’s membership. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Leaders arrive for AU Summit to discuss youth progress
    28 january 2017 19:00:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders are arriving in Addis Ababa, the venue of the 28th Heads of State Assembly, where the discussions about the future of the African youth is expected to take place amid concerns the radicalization of the youth and the flight of Africa’s best trained experts pose risks. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU foreign ministers finally agree on mass pullout from ICC
    27 january 2017 18:42:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers have agreed to a plan for pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and immediately begin work on local justice mechanisms, saying The Hague-based court, offered little chance of advancing justice in the continent, PANA reported Friday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Saharawi agrees conditional peace negotiation with Morocco
    27 january 2017 17:17:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Saharawi Republic, which has been protesting the illegal occupation of its territory, has declared readiness to negotiate an end to its conflict with Morocco on condition that the African Union Summit underway here pushes Rabat to unconditionally leave the territory it occupies. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma attends AU Summit in Addis Ababa
    27 january 2017 08:55:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma has departed for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 28th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), which begins on Saturday. The event is being held under the theme, "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in the Youth." Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC releases blueprint for Africa ahead of elections
    26 january 2017 11:21:17
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - With five days before African Union (AU) heads of state vote to elect a new chairperson, SADC’s endorsed candidate has released her blueprint for the continent.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Equatorial Guinea’s corporate technocrat who wants to fix the AU (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    26 january 2017 05:58:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Agapito Mba Mokuy, Equatorial Guinea’s foreign minister, seeking support to capture Africa’s most influential diplomatic post, has evaded fame despite the growing diplomatic stature that has come with his country’s active involvement in continental affairs. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia lobbies for its candidates for AU position at AU summit
    25 january 2017 15:49:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, who is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday, introduced two Zambian candidates vying for two positions at the African Union. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission shocked by death of Cameroonian military personnel in copter crash
    24 january 2017 11:51:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Dlamini Nkosazana-Zuma said on Tuesday that she has been deeply saddened by the news of the tragic helicopter crash involving General Jacob Kodji and other senior military personnel of the Cameroonian Defence Forces, near the village of Bogo in northern Cameroon on Sunday. Full text...

  • Botswana: SADC's AU candidate intensifies campaign
    24 january 2017 07:19:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s foreign affairs minister and candidate of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the African Union (AU) chairperson position, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, has intensified her campaign ahead of the election. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Central Africa’s most accomplished diplomat takes aim at AU post (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    24 january 2017 06:34:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Moussa Faki Mahamat, the former Chadian Prime Minister, who is running for the post of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) believes in style and substance. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan candidate for AU post winds up campaign in Guinea Bissau
    23 january 2017 19:01:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's candidate for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Amina Mohamed, was set to wind up her campaign in Guinea Bissau and Benin after visiting 50 other African Union member states, a Kenyan minister spearheading her campaign team said Monday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks funding for its overburdened mission in Somalia
    23 january 2017 17:47:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Funding challenges facing the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have prompted the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU to call for a high level meeting, involving the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), in order to explore modalities for addressing the problem.Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh makes off to facilitate power transfer to President Barrow
    22 january 2017 08:28:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Africa's mediators on the political impasse that had gripped Gambia, including the United Nations, have commended the "goodwill and statesmanship" of former President Yahya Jammeh who has temporarily left the country to facilitate an immediate peaceful and orderly transfer of power to President Adama Barrow.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU congratulates Gambia's new President Barrow
    20 january 2017 13:39:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Friday congratulated the new President of Gambia, Adama Barrow, on his assumption of the Presidency and called on all AU Member States as well as the larger international community to follow suit. Full text...

  • Kenya: Will Kenyan FM Amina Mohamed's charm offensive deliver the AU post? (A News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent)
    19 january 2017 11:37:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s foreign affairs Minister and candidate for the post of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), excites passion and criticism in equal measure for her rigorous approach to issues domestically, regionally and internationally. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission names new Special Representative in Liberia
    17 january 2017 17:59:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Tuesday appointed Ambassador Ibrahim Mbaba Kamara of Sierra Leone as Special Representative and Head of the AU Liaison Office (AULO) in Liberia. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission welcomes US lifting of sanctions on Sudan
    16 january 2017 08:40:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the lifting of economic sanctions by the United States on the Republic of Sudan, according to a statement issued on Monday by the Commission. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU tells Jammeh to hand over power to Gambian President-elect Barrow
    13 january 2017 16:37:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Gambia's outgoing President Yahya Jammeh will cease to be recognized by the African Union (AU) as legitimate President of the West African republic as of 19 January 2017, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU declared Friday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU urges member states to pick reps to ECOSOCC Assembly
    08 january 2017 11:53:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - In a bid to allow greater representation of civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Permanent General Assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union, the civil society community in all member countries have been asked to pick qualified candidates as soon as possible.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission welcomes political agreement on DRC elections
    04 january 2017 09:38:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the agreement reached by the Congolese political actors on 31 December 2016 with a view to holding free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Sudan: Joint Chief Mediator underlines reconciliation in Darfur conflict
    31 december 2016 12:31:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - Emphasizing that there is no military solution to the conflict in Sudan's restive Darfur region, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has vowed to continue promoting reconciliation and peace initiatives.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU PSC extends mandate of AUHIP, underscores restraint in DRC
    26 december 2016 16:45:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has extended the mandate of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP) for 12 months with effect from 1 January 2017, according to an official communiqué released here Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU prepares launch of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
    22 december 2016 13:23:17
    Zanzibar, Tanzania (PANA) - Senior staff members of the African Union (AU) on Thursday were busy on the second day of their meeting in the Tanzanian offshore island of Zanzibar to complete plans and procedures for rapid response by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (AfricaCDC) . Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council welcomes AU recognition of Gambia's President-elect
    21 december 2016 20:43:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the African Union’s decision to recognize Adama Barrow as Gambia's President-elect and stressed the need for outgoing President Yayha Jammeh to transfer power to the President-Elect in peaceful and orderly manner. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chair supports ECOWAS decision on transfer of power in Gambia
    19 december 2016 19:11:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Chairman, President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad on Monday reaffirmed "the imperative need for an orderly and peaceful transfer of power to the President-elect of the Gambia, in line with the relevant provisions of the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance." Full text...

  • Somalia: AMISOM embarks on operation to rehabilitate HirShabelle State roads
    17 december 2016 17:15:17
    Jowhar, Somalia (PANA) - Burundi's contingent under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has embarked on an operation code named ‘Antelope’ to open up key supply routes in the HirShabelle state, the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC) said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU warns of tough measures after Yahya Jammeh’s poll trick
    10 december 2016 17:00:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has declared Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of the results of the 1 Dec. 2016 Presidential election as null and void and warned its Peace and Security Council would meet shortly to discuss the consequences of such a declaration. Full text...

  • US: Senior US official to attend African Union Dialogue
    10 december 2016 08:26:24
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - Acting US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Bruce Wharton will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 11–12 December, to lead the US Delegation attending the 4th High Level Dialogue with the African Union Commission, which will take place on December 12. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union holds historic debate for top Commission post
    10 december 2016 00:15:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Five candidates racing for the post of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) met on Friday for a podium debate on how they intend to handle some of the pressing political, economic and social challenges facing Africa ahead of elections in January 2017. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU hails Nigeria's Super Falcons for 2016 Women's Africa Cup victory
    05 december 2016 17:53:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) –African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has congratulated Nigeria’s women’s soccer team, Super Falcons, for winning the 2015 Women's Africa Cup of Nations finals on Saturday in Yaounde, Cameroon. Full text...

  • 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...

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