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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • Ghana VP urges Nigeria to spearhead West Africa integration
    28 february 2012 22:16:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Vice President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday urged Nigeria to exert its influence and leadership to see through the integration of West African countries. Full text...

  • AU urges respect for results of Sunday's election in Senegal
    28 february 2012 19:22:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Election Observer Mission Tuesday urged all political parties, coalitions and their candidates to respect the outcome of Sunday's presidential election in Senegal. Full text...

  • AU/ECOWAS mission continues consultations in Senegal
    24 february 2012 12:13:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ahead of Sunday's presidential elections in Senegal, the Joint African Union/ECOWAS High-Level Mission to Senegal was continuing its meetings with key stakeholders in the country on Friday. Full text...

  • EAC ministers to discuss regional economy at Arusha meet
    23 february 2012 15:34:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - East African Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors and financial markets executives will discuss recent developments in the financial markets in Europe as well as the regional economy at a meeting in Tanzania next week, the Arusha-based East African Community (EAC) secretariat said Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegal opposition candidate hopeful on AU/ECOWAS Mission
    23 february 2012 10:29:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's opposition candidate Idrissa Seck has expressed the hope that the Joint African Union/ECOWAS High-Level Mission to Senegal will help end the political crisis that has plagued the country ahead of Sunday's presidential poll. Full text...

  • Mkapa stresses need for integration in Great Lakes Region
    21 february 2012 07:40:22
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Despite a common approach by countries of the Great Lakes region in the search for durable peace and security, the populations are not yet well sensitized on the importance of regional integration, former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa said. Full text...

  • EU welcomes entry into force of AU Charter on Democracy
    19 february 2012 14:07:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has welcomed the entry into force of the African Union’s Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, which requires free and fair polls and abhors unconstitutional takeover of power in Africa. Full text...

  • AU hails deal on Indian Ocean maritime border points
    19 february 2012 13:21:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the signing of an agreement for the delimitation of the maritime borders of Seychelles, the Union of Comoros and Tanzania on the Indian Ocean triple-point. Full text...

  • SADC bloc endorses Dlamini-Zuma to contest AU top post again
    13 february 2012 15:27:25
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Development Community (SADC) has endorsed South African Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as the region’s sole candidate for the post of AU Commission Chairperson ahead of the elections in June, the South African foreign ministry said in a statement. Full text...

  • AU welcomes latest Sudan-South Sudan framework agreement
    11 february 2012 17:41:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the framework agreement signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday on security cooperation between Juba and Khartoum -- a move seen by observers as a timely step in quelling rising tension over oil transit fees.Full text...

  • African Charter on Democracy comes into force
    05 february 2012 18:22:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance has been ratified by 15 member states of the African Union (AU), a pre-requisite for its entry into force as from15 February, according to the African Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC). Full text...

  • Nigerian paper calls donation of AU hqs building by China 'shame to Africa'
    03 february 2012 08:45:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian newspaper on Friday described as a 'shame to Africa' the donation of the African Union headquarters building to the continent by China. Full text...

  • AU's failure to elect new Commission Chair embarrassing - Gambian President
    01 february 2012 13:33:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has described as an ''embarrassing situation'' the failure of the last African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to elect a new Chair for the AU Commission. Full text...

  • African leaders agree Free Trade Area to boost trade
    31 january 2012 11:44:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders have resolved to pursue banking reforms, a Free Trade Area for the entire continent in five years (2017), and the modernization of rail, air and road transport to boost trade. Full text...

  • AU Summit names Day for late Kenyan Environmentalist
    31 january 2012 09:18:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 18th African Union (AU) Summit has renamed the African Environment Day as Wangari Maathai Day, in honour of the late Kenyan Environmentalist, in addition to creating a continental prize in her honour. Full text...

  • Dlamini-Zuma to run for AU Commission's top post again
    31 january 2012 07:38:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will run again for the position of African Union (AU) Commission chairperson at the next AU Summit in Malawi in June. Full text...

  • 'Election of new AU Commission Chairperson to hold in six months'
    30 january 2012 14:06:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following the failure of AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping to win a second term after four rounds of voting at the ongoing AU Summit here Monday, indications are that the leaders will make another attempt to elect the chairperson in the next six months. Full text...

  • 'Nigeria's President did not contest AU Chairmanship'
    30 january 2012 13:42:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian presidency on Monday described as false and sensational some media reports that President Goodluck Jonathan was defeated by President Yayi Boni of Benin Republic in the contest to elect a new African Union (AU) Chairman at the current AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Failed AU Commission Chairmanship election disappoints Mbeki
    30 january 2012 13:38:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is disappointed at Monday's election of a new Chairperson of the African Union Commission, which ended inconclusive. Full text...

  • No winner at AU Commission top post poll
    30 january 2012 10:37:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Monday's election of the African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson has been suspended after no winner emerged despite several rounds of voting. Full text...

  • AU Summit shuns “Brother Leader” in death
    30 january 2012 07:37:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - In his lifetime, he was widely regarded, rightly or otherwise, as a pillar of the African Union (AU), but 'Brother Leader' Mouammar Kadhafi was largely ignored by African leaders who gathered in Addis Ababa at the weekend for the 18th AU Summit. Full text...

  • Obiang Nguema urges consensus in appointment of AU Commission chair
    29 january 2012 16:29:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The president of Equatorial Guinea and the immediate past chairman of the African Union (AU), Teodoro Obiang Nguema, on Sunday called on fellow African leaders, meeting in the Ethiopian capital for their 18th Summit, to appoint by consensus the future President of the Commission of the Pan-African organization. Full text...

  • UN Chief tries to mend ties with Africa after Ivorian, Libyan crises
    29 january 2012 15:26:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, made a formal plea to African leaders gathered here Sunday for a Summit, to excuse the differences in approach to the crises in Libya and Cote d’Ivoire and mend fences for the sake of future relations. Full text...

  • 'Forty African leaders are attending 18th AU summit'
    29 january 2012 12:50:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Some 40 Heads of State and Government are participating in the 18th African Union (AU) summit which opened Sunday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, with the President of the National Conference of the Chinese People's Consultative Political Conference (CPPCC), Jia Qinglin, attending as special guest. Full text...

  • Yayi Boni succeeds Obiang Nguema as AU Chairman
    29 january 2012 10:23:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The President of Benin, Yayi Boni, has taken over the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) following his nomination at a mini-Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • AU Peace, Security Council gets new members
    29 january 2012 08:18:42
    Addis Ababa , Ethiopia (PANA) - At an election conducted during the ministerial level of the African Union Summit here, Angola, Egypt, Guinea, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire and Congo Republic were Saturday elected to the executive body tasked with spearheading peace and security matters in Africa. Full text...

  • 18th AU Summit opens in Addis Ababa
    29 january 2012 08:05:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders kicked off a two-day Summit here Sunday, to discuss pressing continental matters and seek new ways to boost regional trade, credited with current economic growth in most countries. Full text...

  • Libya to play 'fair game' with AU - Abdulaziz
    28 january 2012 09:48:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The willingness shown by the new Libya to ensure the continuity of its existing relationships is accompanied by the need to affirm its sovereignty, as much as it respects the sovereignty of the others. Full text...

  • New Libya govt. attends AU Summit; pledges to maintain African ties
    28 january 2012 09:25:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The presence of an official delegation from the new Libya will not go unnoticed in Addis Ababa, where the 20th ordinary session of the Executive Council Thursday opens, ahead of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • Madagascar calls continued suspension by AU 'double standard'
    27 january 2012 08:10:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Madagascar, which was suspended from the African Union (AU) in March 2009 after a military-backed coup, has complained about what it considers the 'double standard' on the part of the continental organization. Full text...

  • AU Commission Chairperson defends record
    26 january 2012 21:46:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Jean Ping, Thursday defended his record, saying his first four-year term contributed to the repositioning of Africa on the global scene. Full text...

  • AU raises US$ 50 million to tackle famine in Horn of Africa region
    26 january 2012 20:43:21
    Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Nearly US$ 50 million was raised by the African Union (AU) to assist the countries in the Horn of Africa, threatened by famine, the AU Commissioner for the rural economy and agriculture, Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, announced Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Elections dominate AU summit
    26 january 2012 18:16:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ahead of the summit of African leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this weekend, the election of the African Union Commission Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, as well as that of the eight commissioners, have dominated proceedings. Full text...

  • '2011 is AU's worst political year'
    26 january 2012 14:55:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The crises in Cote d'Ivoire and Libya as well as the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia made 2011 the worst "political year" for the African Union (AU), Chairperson of the AU Commission, Jean Ping, said Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Full text...

  • North Africa dominates African ministerial meeting ahead of AU Summit
    26 january 2012 11:03:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers kicked off the high-level segment of the African Union Summit on Thursday, urging the continent to move rapidly to end a looming economic crisis and address youth unemployment, to avoid a continuation of the Arab revolts across the continent. Full text...

  • Developing story: Meeting of African Ministers opens ahead of AU Summit
    26 january 2012 10:42:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers kicked off the high-level segment of the African Union Summit on Thursday, urging the continent to move rapidly to end a looming economic crisis and address youth unemployment, to avoid a continuation of the Arab revolts across the continent. Full text...

  • 18th AU summit to hold in new headquarters built by China
    25 january 2012 17:24:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The 18th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) will hold from 28 to 30 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the new headquarters of the Panafrican organization, built by China Full text...

  • Top officials appraise AU's first decade in existence
    25 january 2012 16:54:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Reviewing the first 10 years of existence of the African Union (AU) at a meeting of its Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) here, top officials say the organisation had faced ‘serious challenges, regional dynamics and economic upheavals,’ which climaxed with the Arab rebellion in North Africa’in 2011, but which have given the continent a better chance to grow.Full text...

  • 'African women want to contribute to development of intra-African trade'
    24 january 2012 22:31:26
    Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African women want to bring real added value to the development of intra-African trade by implementing their sense of innovation and their dynamism, a spokesman of African women, Algerian Fatima Karadja, declared on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Construction of trans-Saharan highway to start in 2013
    24 january 2012 22:07:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The construction of the Trans-Saharan highway linking Assamaka in Algeria and Arlit in Niger will start in January 2013, an official communiqué reaching PANA on Tuesday in Addis Ababa said. Full text...

  • Tight race for AU Commission Chairperson's slot
    24 january 2012 21:11:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A tough diplomatic battle has taken shape at the African Union (AU) ahead of the Presidential session to elect the Chairperson of the Commission, diplomats said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU candidate-commissioner to revitalize conflict response plan
    24 january 2012 06:41:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A candidate for the post of the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr. Hesphina Rukato, has vowed to introduce a new plan to revitalize continental efforts to curb conflicts. Full text...

  • AU urges Sudan, South Sudan to stop 'unilateral actions'
    23 january 2012 20:08:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Monday urged Sudan and South Sudan to end what it calls their current unilateral action, saying it threatens to bring the two countries to confrontation. Full text...

  • Ping says raw materials boom could boost intra-Africa trade
    23 january 2012 17:02:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries should use the growing international demand for commodities and raw materials to boost trade among themselves and avert a looming crisis from the possible decline in trade with Europe, senior African Union (AU) officials said on Monday. Full text...

  • AU moves to create Central Bank, single currency in 2020
    23 january 2012 16:33:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has decided to create an African Monetary Institute to study policies that must be put in place before an African Central Bank and a single currency can be created for the continent, a senior AU official said here Monday. Full text...

  • AU condemns rebel attacks in northern Mali
    23 january 2012 15:08:01
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned the attacks perpetrated by armed groups in the towns of Ménaka, Aguelhok and Tessalit, in northern Mali, affirming its support to the Malian government, according to a communiqué issued here Monday.Full text...

  • AU forces win major battle for northern Mogadishu
    20 january 2012 18:14:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have secured two new positions outside the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after a fierce battle with the Al Shabaab, in a continuing effort to further their grip on strategic locations. Full text...

  • Pretoria backs Dlamimi-Zuma for key AU post
    20 january 2012 09:46:12
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Ahead of next week's Africa Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, South Africa is continuing with its campaign to see highly-respected Cabinet Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma head the AU Commission. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian MPs take their seats at Pan-African parliament
    18 january 2012 21:12:00
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Four Cape Verdian Parliamentarians on Tuesday took their seats as full members of the Pan-African Parliament during the plenary session of the 6th ordinary meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • AU agrees to increase AMISOM troops by over 5000
    05 january 2012 17:37:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council Thursday adopted a recommendation by regional defence chiefs to increase the troop size of its mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by over 5,000. Full text...

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