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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • President Ramaphosa leads South Africa's delegation to AU Summit
    21 march 2018 11:45:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading South Africa's delegation to the African Union’s 10th Extraordinary Summit in Kigali. Full text...

  • African business forum told AfCFTA will boost production, job creation
    20 march 2018 18:23:16
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will help African businesses benefit from economies of scale, and create supply chains that will allow the continent to reduce its import bills, especially for industrial inputs, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambian President leaves for Rwanda
    20 march 2018 10:20:06
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Tuesday left Banjul for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the extraordinary session of the African Union. Full text...

  • Opinion leaders see AfCFTA as game changer for Africa
    20 march 2018 08:35:09
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – In their bold pursuit of continental integration, African Heads of State and Government will on Wednesday converge on the Rwandan capital, Kigali, to launch the regional Free Trade Area as a new strategy for acceleration of development of their nations through commerce. Full text...

  • AUC chief urges unity of action in creation of African free trade bloc
    19 march 2018 19:41:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Member countries of the African Union (AU) must prove their ability to act as a united bloc in defending the interests of their continent, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat told the organisation’s Executive Council meeting here on Monday to make final touches to the treaty establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Full text...

  • Africa set for industrialization, opens market of 1.2 billion people
    19 march 2018 18:17:40
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – African countries look forward to great opportunities to be created by the upcoming continental free trade area in advancing the political, social and economic development of Africa as an integrated unit, a senior official of the African Union (AU) said here on Monday. Full text...

  • Int'l community urges Somalis to respect constitutional process in resolving differences
    17 march 2018 10:52:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States were extremely concerned by recent political and security developments in Mogadishu, according to a joint statement they issued here Saturday. Full text...

  • AUC Chief in Rwanda for Extraordinary Summit on the Free Trade Area
    17 march 2018 07:00:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, arrived in Kigali, Rwanda, on Friday to take part in the African Union Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area, scheduled to hold on 21 March 2018. Full text...

  • AU Medical Services Directorate commemorates Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day
    17 march 2018 06:14:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Medical Services Directorate on Friday commemorated the Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the slogan “When your life works your work works”. Full text...

  • South Africa demands retraction from Australia
    16 march 2018 16:50:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The diplomatic spat between Australia and South Africa continues to deepen with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu issuing a diplomatic letter to Australian High Commissioner Adam McCarthy, to demand a retraction of the comments made over South Africa’s land redistribution process. Full text...

  • South Africa slams Australia's political meddling
    16 march 2018 10:25:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The diplomatic spat between Australia and South Africa continues to deepen with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu issuing a diplomatic letter to Australian High Commissioner Adam McCarthy, to demand a retraction of the comments made by over South Africa’s land redistribution process. Full text...

  • AU congratulates Sierra Leone for peaceful, credible General Elections
    15 march 2018 18:47:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Thursday congratulated the people of Sierra Leone for peaceful, transparent and credible General Elections they held on 7 March 2018. Full text...

  • Diplomatic row over Australia's offer to South African farmers
    15 march 2018 14:47:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A diplomatic row has broken out after an Australian government minister said “persecuted” white South African farmers need help from a “civilised” country. Full text...

  • African Union Commission Chair begins 3-day working visit to Algeria
    11 march 2018 15:56:29
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Saturday began a three-day working visit to Algeria. Full text...

  • AUC, Russia to pursue global peace, security, stability and development
    10 march 2018 04:35:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Russian Federation have pledged to pursue their shared goals of global peace, security, stability and development, agreeing to convene an annual high-level dialogue to be held alternately in Addis Ababa and Moscow, as well as to review and expand the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the AUC on the mechanism of political consultations, signed in Addis Ababa on 17 September, 2014. Full text...

  • US reaches out for comprehensive approach to counter terrorism
    09 march 2018 19:05:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Friday met to discuss issues of mutual concern, among them, ending the terrorism threats in Somalia, the crisis in South Sudan and the stalemate in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Full text...

  • Somalia, Troop Contributing Countries call for halt to AMISOM troop reduction
    04 march 2018 10:10:10
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Troop Contributing Countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Federal Government of Somalia want the troop drawdown exercise which started last December halted.Full text...

  • US Secretary of State to embark on Africa tour
    02 march 2018 19:57:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is due to embark on an expanded visit to Africa, focused on peace and security, trade and counter-terrorism, the U.S. State Department Spokesperson, Heather Nauert, said. Full text...

  • ‘Gains made in Somalia risk being eroded,’ warn AMISOM troop contributors
    02 march 2018 10:50:20
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Foreign affairs and defence ministers from troop contributing countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have warned that gains made in the Horn of Africa country risk being eroded if outstanding issues such as inadequate troop numbers and unpredictable funding are not addressed. Full text...

  • Military chiefs from troop contributing countries urge more support for AMISOM
    01 march 2018 18:27:38
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Military chiefs from Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have called for more support to enable the Mission effectively execute its mandate of securing Somalia. Full text...

  • AU to conclude African Central Bank headquarters agreement with Nigeria
    28 february 2018 19:48:03
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union will conclude a headquarters agreement with Nigeria for hosting the African Central Bank as it embarks on the implementation of a joint strategy towards the launch of the bank, an AU official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AMISOM, Somali gov't reiterate commitment to eliminate Al-Shabaab
    28 february 2018 10:56:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali government have pledged to complement each other in the fight against the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. Full text...

  • U.S. government donates aerial surveillance system to AMISOM
    27 february 2018 13:22:27
    Baledogle, Somalia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has commended the United States for its continued support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in its fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson pledges support to revive Zimbabwe’s economy
    22 february 2018 16:43:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has expressed the African Union’s support for the ongoing efforts to revive Zimbabwe’s economy and create a conducive business environment in the southern Africa country. Full text...

  • AU Peace and Security Council reiterates concern over political standoff in Guinea Bissau
    14 february 2018 18:03:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has underscored the need for the security and armed forces of Guinea Bissau to refrain from interfering in the country’s political and institutional crisis and to continue to uphold the national constitution. Full text...

  • IAEA chief urges greater access to cancer diagnosis, prevention, treatment services
    02 february 2018 20:32:53
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Millions of people suffering from cancer in developing countries still lack access to effective prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday, urging continued efforts to ensure greater access to these vital services. Full text...

  • AU rejects Odinga as 'People's president of Kenya'
    02 february 2018 06:08:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has rejected the "swearing-in" of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "People's President" of the East African country. Full text...

  • AU's free trade area set for launch in March
    30 january 2018 10:51:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The long-awaited Free Trade Area (FTA) that aims to increase intra-regional trade within the continent, will be launched in March this year in Kigali, Rwandan Foreign Affairs minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, said in a statement obtained by PANA on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Guterres says bridging gap between relief, devt can meet immediate needs
    29 january 2018 05:32:36
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A surge in conflict-induced needs in Africa and the Middle East, coupled with an increase in climate shocks that pummel the most vulnerable everywhere, have given fresh urgency to calls for the international community to work in a new way that not only ends humanitarian needs but reduces them over time, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Sunday. Full text...

  • Guterres lauds AU-UN partnership at AU Summit
    28 january 2018 16:20:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Hailing the partnership between Africa and the United Nations as “solid, and grounded on sound principles of human rights and good governance,” Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has told leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the African Union Summit, that with Africa in the lead, “we can and will do more” to bolster successful cooperation throughout the continent. Full text...

  • UN chief commends AU efforts to address violent extremism
    27 january 2018 19:31:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has commended the growing emphasis by the African Union (AU) and its Member States to address the drivers of violent extremism. Full text...

  • 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...

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