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27th Summit of the African Union in Kigali
(Rwanda) 17 to 18 July 2016
  • Ethiopia: AU Summit appoints Special Envoy for Libya
    31 january 2016 17:50:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has been appointed the African Union Special Envoy to Libya, a top AU official said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU decides to hold emergency summit on migration
    31 january 2016 15:14:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union leaders ended their 26th Ordinary Session here Sunday agreeing to hold an emergency Summit on Migration because they could not remain unmoved by the plight of the African youth, many of whom have fallen victims of boat tragedies in attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit approves stabilisation force for Burundi
    31 january 2016 14:38:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) has approved a stabilization mission to protect civilians, human rights workers and disarm militias in Burundi, but the crisis-hit country immediately rejected an AU Summit declaration on sending a high-level delegation to negotiate for Bujumbura’s consent. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: 'African leaders must account for crimes against humanity'
    30 january 2016 15:26:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders who allow civilian killings in their efforts to cling to power would be held responsible, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said on Saturday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mugabe exits AU Chairmanship, raps UN Security Council
    30 january 2016 14:19:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - In his farewell speech at the African Union Simmit here on Saturday, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe vowed to stay on as President “until God says come”, electrifying the usually-dull moments at the Summit, which premiered a new style of conducting its affairs.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Chadian President becomes new AU Chairman
    30 january 2016 13:06:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Chadian President Idriss Deby has been elected the new Chairman of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit considers broadening Boko Haram fight
    30 january 2016 07:10:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, late Friday to discuss a plan to stop the spread of terrorism with a call to all states to volunteer resources to combat the spread of the Boko Haram across the Lake Chad Basin and the Al Shabaab in East Africa. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU approves US$446 million budget for 2016
    29 january 2016 15:15:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has approved a US$446 million budget for 2016, slightly higher than the US$416 million budget for 2015, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Burundi defiant ahead of Summit on AU troop deployment
    29 january 2016 10:42:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) has sounded a warning to Burundi, which insists it would accept talks with rival political camps, but would not accept the deployment of foreign troops on its soil to protect key state officials and stop the killing of political opponents.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU says Gbagbo's trial shows Africa does not condone impunity
    28 january 2016 19:27:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) said on Thursday the trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo shows Africa does not condone impunity.Full text...

  • Egypt: President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi to attend AU summit
    28 january 2016 19:11:58
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi is due in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Friday to attend the 26th ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union to be held over the weekend. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambian President off to Addis Ababa for AU summit
    28 january 2016 18:23:36
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu left Lusaka Thursday for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU elects new members of its Peace and Security Council
    28 january 2016 18:03:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers on Thursday elected new members of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) bringing on board Congo Republic, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia to hold seats on the 15-member Council for three years, PANA reported Thursday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks unity govt. in S/Sudan
    27 january 2016 22:26:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) called for the formation of a unity government for South Sudan at the start of a ministerial meeting on Wednesday to fine-tune an agenda for the African leaders meeting this week in Ethiopia, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commissioner warns of ‘silent financial crisis’ in Africa
    27 january 2016 17:36:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A “silent financial crisis” is sweeping across Africa, ignited by sluggish prices of major exports and an increment in the amount of foreign debt owed by African countries due to the rapid weakening of national currencies, according to the African Union (AU) Commission. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Executive Council meeting opens with focus on conflict prevention
    27 january 2016 10:56:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Foreign ministers forming the Executive Council of the African Union met on Wednesday to prepare the main agenda of the AU Summit at a ministerial meeting dominated by the need to address conflicts which have made Africa unattractive for foreign investments. Full text...

  • Senegal: AU Commission chief urges women to be transformers, not just conformers
    19 january 2016 19:24:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Tuesday urged African women to be ''transformers and not just conformers''. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya mounts major military offensive after AU base attack
    17 january 2016 16:39:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan military has mounted a major military offensive against the Al Shabaab in the Gedo region of Somalia in an effort to rescue and recover the bodies of an undisclosed number of soldiers killed during Friday’s attack at the El-Adde military base in Somalia, a top Kenyan army General said Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Representatives of Sudanese restive areas call for autonomous rule
    16 january 2016 11:56:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Members of the Sudanese National Dialogue Conference (NDC) committee on administration, representing Sudan's South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, have demanded an autonomous rule within a united Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns attack on AU base in Somalia's southern region
    15 january 2016 19:33:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundi will benefit from deployment of AU peacekeepers (A News analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent in Kigali)
    11 january 2016 11:07:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - After Ugandan Minister of Defence Crispus Kiyonga stressed that there is goodwill in Burundi to accept the deployment of African Union (AU) peacekeepers, Burundian authorities have now the biggest interest in welcoming the 5,000 strong force as the only effective solution toward lasting peace in the tiny East African nation, analysts say.Full text...

  • Cameroon: IMF chief sues for strong business climate, regional integration in Africa
    08 january 2016 19:26:41
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - With oil prices projected to remain low for long and oil reserves depleting, macroeconomic stability of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) member countries will hinge on smart fiscal policies and determined structural reforms to strengthen the business climate and regional integration, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, said here Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Mission warns politicians in CAR to avoid carefree statements
    04 january 2016 11:23:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Asserting that the many malfunctions observed during the 30 December 2015 presidential and legislative elections in Central African Republic (CAR) were "not enough to taint the credibility of these polls", the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) has called on candidates and political parties to avoid speech that could harm the climate of peace and cause confusion in the country before the announcement of results.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges CAR to ensure success of electoral process
    30 december 2015 21:27:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Wednesday called on political stakeholders in Central African Republic (CAR) to do all they can to ensure the success of the electoral process underway in the country and to lay the foundation for the restoration of lasting peace, security and reconciliation. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ITC ,UEMOA work together to promote exports, deepen regional integration
    21 december 2015 19:49:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The International Trade Centre and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) have agreed to work together to bolster exports from the eight-member bloc, as well as to deepen trade integration and improve the business environment within it, ITC said Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan appointed as new commander of UNAMID
    15 december 2015 14:18:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced Tuesday the appointment of Lt. General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda as the new Force Commander of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), PANA reported from Kigali.Full text...

  • Sudan: AU welcomes meeting to monitor, evaluate South Sudan peace agreement
    28 november 2015 18:17:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the successful convening of a meeting of the Commission set up to implement a peace deal signed by the warring parties in South Sudan.Full text...

  • Kenya: Pope Francis urges leaders to listen to AU on global trade deal
    26 november 2015 18:15:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Pope Francis gave a rare backing to the African Union (AU) ahead of a major international trade conference in Nairobi, calling for a deal to equalize the global trading environment. Full text...

  • Tunisia: AU condemns attacks on Tunisia, Egypt hotel
    26 november 2015 15:37:33
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The African Union Commission chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks perpetrators on a presidential security bus in Tunis and on a hotel in the city of Al-Arich in the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, which claimed the lives of many victims, according to a communiqué issued by the African Union (AU) on Thursday and received in Tunis. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU considers re-launching Burundi peace talks
    25 november 2015 18:59:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma met Wednesday with the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Said Djinnit in Addis Ababa to discuss the escalating violence in Burundi, the Commission said in a statement. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Germany prods AU, EAC to contain Burundian conflict
    23 november 2015 09:07:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Germany has urged the African Union and the East African Community (EAC) to expedite resolution of the ongoing conflict in Burundi in order to prevent a spillover effect into neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU puts Africa's experts in position to carry out Agenda 2063
    18 november 2015 17:11:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The African Union (AU) is preparing an implementation plan for Agenda 2063, a long-term vision to ensure faster economic growth and industrialization, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU strongly condemns "despicable terror attacks" in Paris
    14 november 2015 12:28:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the despicable terrorist attacks that took place Friday in the French capital Paris, resulting in the killing of over 100 people and wounding many others, according to a statement issued here Saturday by the Commission. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU to lead formal talks on Africa Free Trade Area
    13 november 2015 17:34:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Private Sector has urged the African Union (AU) to formally kick off talks for the creation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), which is expected to lower trade barriers, PANA reported Friday.Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mauritius to examine AU’s recommendations on elections'
    13 november 2015 12:11:15
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has said that the government will examine the recommendations made by the African Union Observer Mission on the National Assembly Elections held on 10 December 2014.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa’s infrastructure renewal plan gets new push
    12 november 2015 18:01:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa’s efforts to rapidly improve railway, energy and transport networks is expected to get a major boost with the launch of an infrastructure promotion Week set to be launched from 13-17 November in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, officials said Thursday.Full text...

  • Senegal:AU moves forward to put African Standby Force in operation
    10 november 2015 14:24:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Multinational, inter-regional, and multidimensional cooperation was one of the main reasons behind the success of just concluded Amani Africa II Field Training Exercise, held in South Africa, for military, police and civilian components from across the continent, according to African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson's Special Representative, Ambassador Augustine Philip Mahiga.Full text...

  • Nigeria: AU commends ECOWAS on peacekeeping operations
    05 november 2015 13:46:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has commended ECOWAS for its role in peacekeeping operations on the continent, the ECOWAS Commission said in Abuja on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Oxfam State of Union report finds African states unwilling to fight corruption
    28 october 2015 18:47:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African states are unwilling to effectively fight corruption and have been deliberately slow in approving laws to tighten loopholes permitting corruption and poor governance, a coalition of civil society organisations led by British charity Oxfam said in a report Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Nigerian diplomat, Uhomoibhi, appointed UNAMID chief
    27 october 2015 19:50:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A Nigerian diplomat, Dr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, has been appointed the new head of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and Chief Mediator of the Darfur peace process, the UN and the AU said Tuesday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African leaders head to New Delhi for crucial India-Africa summit
    27 october 2015 16:58:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African leaders have left for the India-Africa Summit slated for 26-29 October in New Delhi, the Indian capital, where the leaders are expected to hold direct talks on a number of issues affecting trade relations. Full text...

  • UN: AU, ICC conclude seminar on greater engagement
    23 october 2015 21:21:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Representatives of African Union (AU) member states and the Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU roots for migration driven by choice, not circumstances
    23 october 2015 14:48:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The European Union (EU) is working with the African Union (AU) to ensure migrants from Africa moving to Europe are driven by their choice to live in Europe, not by the circumstances, which include lack of jobs and human rights. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU wants Paris climate deal to cover agricultural support
    20 october 2015 17:30:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Global agreement on how to deal with climate change must be extended to cover the necessary assistance to farmers affected by poor crop yields due to drought and the impact of climate change, the African Union (AU) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: EU foreign affairs chief voices concern over Presidential term limits
    20 october 2015 15:37:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - European Union (EU) foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, on a working visit to the African Union Commission Tuesday, urged African leaders to respect Presidential term limits and the constitution to stop civil strife. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU peacekeeping force trains on cross-border security threats
    20 october 2015 14:05:09
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The African Standby Force (ASF), a permanent peacekeeping force proposed by the African Union (AU), has embarked on its final training exercise in South Africa, aiming to perfect its readiness to combat cross-border security threats posed by militants, the AU said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Africa Week kicks off in New York, focusing on economic integration
    13 october 2015 13:51:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The annual Africa Week 2015 kicked off at the UN headquarters in New York, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commending African member states of the UN for taking an important step this year towards the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area envisioned in the African Union’s Agenda 2063. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU vows rapid military action after Boko Haram attacks in West Africa
    12 october 2015 18:27:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) has vowed to speedily deploy a regional military force against Boko Haram after terror attacks in the villages of Baga Sola in western Chad and Kangaleri in northern Cameroon. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan keen to have AU on board National Dialogue conference
    12 october 2015 13:34:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan is keen to bring the African Union (AU) on board what it considers an all-inclusive National Dialogue Conference which, if it fails, might, throw the country into chaos. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Germany commits 37m euros to support East African regional integration
    03 october 2015 06:15:11
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Germany has announced grants totalling 37 million euros to support the integration process of the East African Community (EAC) from next year to 2018, the Community secretariat disclosed late Friday, saying the two sides "have successfully concluded bilateral negotiations on development cooperation at the EAC headquarters in Arusha,Tanzania". Full text...

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