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Addis Ababa Jan. 2017
  • Ethiopia: AUC chief challenges Executive Council on peace restoration
    30 june 2017 19:58:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has challenged the Executive Council, the second highest decision-making body comprising foreign ministers, whose meeting opened here Friday, to discuss new measures to end African conflicts. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU makes major strides to eliminate cross-border barriers to trade
    30 june 2017 12:44:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) is set to finalise the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations, aiming to create a single and integrated market for goods and services by the deadline of December 2017, AU Commissioner for Trade, Albert Muchanga, announced Thursday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU gender Summit proposes economic empowerment measures
    30 june 2017 08:24:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) High-Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment has proposed measures to empower women and the youth economically through enhanced access to government contracts, equal employment chances and bank credit. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ghanaian President appointed the AU Special Envoy for gender
    30 june 2017 06:08:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has agreed to take an appointment of the African Union (AU) Chairman, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, to lead a gender empowerment campaign across Africa, a highlight to the intense efforts to empower the youth. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks greater private sector voice to command regional trading bloc
    30 june 2017 06:05:28
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) will position the private sector to have an active voice on regional affairs and the running of the single trading bloc under the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) when it forms an African Business Council, a senior AU official said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Austria: Young people raise their voices for world free of nuclear weapons
    30 june 2017 05:08:50
    Vienna, Austria (PAAN) – Around 100 young people from 54 countries are raising their voices and harnessing social media to help mobilize support for a world free of nuclear weapons, and advance the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit pressed for urgent action on refugee burden, youth radicalization
    29 june 2017 15:23:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Summit would be called upon to address the plight of refugees fleeing hardships at home in search of jobs and the radicalization of the youth to reap the benefits of the youth, the main issue dominating debate at the High-Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, which kicked off here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Global high-level panel on water meets in Mauritius
    28 june 2017 17:23:22
    Pointe-aux-Piments, Mauritius (PANA) - A two-day meeting for a global high-level panel on water opened Wednesday in Mauritius with the participation of delegates from Australia, Bangladesh, Hungary, India, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru and South Africa.Full text...

  • Belgium: EC agrees new measures to combat terrorism financing, money laundering
    28 june 2017 12:48:59
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Seeking to improve the current system of controls with respect to cash entering or leaving the European Union (EU), the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) of the European Council on Monday agreed on a draft regulation that takes into account the development of new best practices on combating money laundering and terrorism financing. Full text...

  • Austria: Scientists to discuss monitoring, verification under UN nuclear test-ban treaty
    27 june 2017 06:46:52
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Scientists and technical experts from all over the world are gathering this week in Vienna, Austria, for a meeting convened by the United Nations partner organization working to establish a verification regime to monitor global compliance with the comprehensive ban on nuclear testing. Full text...

  • Uganda: Oxfam says pledges at Uganda Solidarity Summit for refugees inadequate
    23 june 2017 18:35:53
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - International charity Oxfam has welcomed the international community’s new commitments for refugees at the Uganda Solidarity Summit, held in Kampala on Friday, but said they fell short of meeting the needs of refugees in the East African country. Full text...

  • Uganda: Solidarity Summit pledges US350m for refugees in Uganda
    23 june 2017 18:18:38
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - A 'Solidarity Summit' for refugees hosted by Uganda has raised some US$358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes UN Security Council resolution on G5 force for Sahel States
    23 june 2017 07:28:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s authorization for the deployment of a Joint Force for the Group of Five for the Sahel States (FC-G5S), reiterating the importance of the Group to address the persistent threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crimes.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU asks member states to assist Gambia's security sector reform
    21 june 2017 17:43:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Gambia needs personnel support from the African Union Commission (AUC) and AU member states for reforming its security sector and the newly initiated process of transitional justice, according to the AU Peace and Security Council.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges member states to criminalize child marriages
    20 june 2017 18:10:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing disgust over the increase of cases of child marriages and other forms of abuse against children, particularly young girls, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged all member states to criminalize child marriages.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chair worried over the rising number of African refugees
    20 june 2017 14:52:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Painting a gloomy picture of the refugee problems confronting Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Mahamat, on Tuesday warned that the total number of displaced and stateless persons in Africa has drastically increased from 10.2 million to approximately 18 million between 2011 and 2016. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Air Mauritius posts profit worth 26.9 million euros
    19 june 2017 16:17:28
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian national carrier, Air Mauritius, recorded a 26.9 million euro profit in the financial year ended 31 March 2017 as compared to 15.4 million euro for the previous year, the company revealed on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council renews impetus for the Africa-EU Partnership
    19 june 2017 10:44:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Europe and Africa have much to gain from further increasing political and economic ties, because as close neighbours, both share a common future and 2017 is an important year for their partnership, the Council of the European Union (EU) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief calls for speedy resolve of rift among Gulf states
    16 june 2017 20:04:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Mahamat Moussa Faki has expressed his growing concern over the political dispute among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Full text...

  • US: UN cooperation with AU must be less 'ad hoc,' Security Council told
    16 june 2017 05:50:24
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations must move towards a more institutionalized approach for the joint planning, mandating, financing and supporting of African Union (AU) peace-support operations, the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns assassination of incoming PM's wife in Lesotho
    15 june 2017 19:06:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has been shocked and saddened by the assassination of Lipolelo Alice Thabane, wife of Lesotho’s incoming Prime Minister at Ha Masana village, in the outskirts of the capital, Maseru, on 14 June 2017. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU urges Sudan to ensure security in Darfur on UNAMID troops withdrawal
    15 june 2017 16:31:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Urging the Government of Sudan to ensure it fills the security and humanitarian vacuum that may arise out of the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Darfur region, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has expressed "deep concern over the widespread proliferation of weapons in the areas of return for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa to attend Thabane's inauguration in Lesotho
    15 june 2017 15:38:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, will Friday attend the inauguration ceremony of the Lesotho Prime Minister-elect Tom Thabane, despite the fact that his wife, Lipolelo, was shot dead in the Ha Masana village outside the Lesotho capital Maseru. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Draw for 2017 U-17 COSAFA CUP unveiled
    15 june 2017 09:28:09
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The draw for the Under-17 Championships of the 2017 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA), to be staged in Mauritius from 21-30 July has thrown up some intriguing clashes.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU mourns German Ambassador to African Union and Ethiopia
    15 june 2017 08:21:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has learnt with profound sadness the passing away of the German Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, Joachim Schmidt. Full text...

  • US: Security Council briefed on proposal to reduce number of AU-UN troops in Darfur
    15 june 2017 03:22:30
    New York, US (PANA) – The African Union (AU) and the United Nations are proposing 44 per cent and 30 per cent reductions in their troop and police presence in Sudan's Darfur region as a step towards an eventual exit, a senior UN peacekeeping official has told the Security Council. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Wednesday's exchange rates for Mauritian Rupee
    14 june 2017 14:02:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Italy: AU, FAO seek to boost joint efforts to end hunger in Africa
    14 june 2017 13:51:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will seek to step up joint efforts to end hunger and sustain peace in the continent say FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Wednesday's exchange rates for Mauritian rupee
    07 june 2017 10:18:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Mauritian rupee, as issued by the commercial bank of Mauritius.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Tuesday's exchange rates for Mauritian rupee
    06 june 2017 10:35:15
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Tuesday’s exchange rates for the Mauritian rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius.Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Tobacco kills a thousand annually in Mauritius' - Minister
    05 june 2017 17:08:59
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Tobacco causes a thousand deaths annually in Mauritius though the prevalence of smoking in the Indian Ocean island nation has dropped from 21% in 2009 to 19%, Mauritian Health Minister Anwar Husnoo said on Monday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Chairperson tours Sahel to support regional security deal
    05 june 2017 09:50:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA ) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, is currently on a weeklong five-nation tour in the Sahel Saharan region to reaffirm the AU’s commitment and solidarity with the region in its fight against terrorism and criminal networks.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Friday's exchange rates for Mauritian rupee
    02 june 2017 07:56:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The following are Friday's exchange rates for the Mauritian rupee as announced by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Thursday's exchange rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    01 june 2017 11:56:07
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Thursday's forex rates for Mauritian Rupee
    01 june 2017 11:50:13
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s foreign exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU alerts member states to danger of extremism in learning institutions
    31 may 2017 17:36:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Reaffirming the need for alternative narratives and effective government regulation, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged member countries to remain vigilant with a view to preventing infiltration of their learning institutions by terrorist and violent extremist groups. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Wednesday's exchange rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    31 may 2017 12:02:55
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania.Full text...

  • Austria: IAEA set to boost ongoing contribution to sustainable development
    31 may 2017 05:12:44
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Nuclear science and technology are essential in helping countries address the twin challenges of ensuring reliable energy supplies while curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the United Nations atomic agency told some 1200 participants at the opening of an international conference in Vienna. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Tuesday's exchange rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    30 may 2017 11:23:00
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Tuesday’s exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Tuesday's exchange rates for Mauritian Rupee
    30 may 2017 10:57:37
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Tuesday’s exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for enhanced global cooperation to combat violent extremism
    27 may 2017 10:21:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Continued terrorist attacks on the African continent are a reminder of the seriousness that terrorism continues to pose to peace, security, stability and development, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission condemns terrorist attack on Christians in Egypt
    27 may 2017 09:44:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has condemned "in the strongest terms" the attack by unidentified gunmen that killed at least 29 Coptic Christians and wounded more than 25 others in Egypt's Minya province on Friday.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius moves to harness green energy from the ocean
    26 may 2017 13:54:00
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Energy and Public Utilities Minister Ivan Collendavelloo on Friday said that Mauritius has steadily progressed in its mission of developing wave energy and is poised to gain considerably in the future by securing sustainable, replicable and economically-viable sources of energy. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Africa marks 54 years of continental unity
    25 may 2017 16:53:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - After 54 years, the building of the unity of the African peoples is still a major task while the challenges, which Africans must take up collectively, keep increasing, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said Thursday as the continent marked the 54th Africa Day. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Sub-Saharan African countries discuss emerging trade issues
    25 may 2017 12:06:32
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius is hosting a two-day Commonwealth Meeting from Thursday on African Regional Consultation on Multilateral, Regional and Emerging Trade Issues that will look into challenges faced by Sub-Saharan African countries and will help stakeholders, policy makers, negotiators and trade analysts to engage in the dialogue of policy making.Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) costs Mauritius US$58m annually'
    24 may 2017 13:47:14
    Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Gender Equality Minister, Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, on Wednesday said that the aggregated economic cost associated with Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is estimated at MRs 2 billion (about US$ 58 million) per year, approximating 0.6% of the island’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Full text...

  • Mauritius: Wednesday's exchange rates for Rupee
    24 may 2017 12:54:26
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Rupee, as issued by the Commercial bank of Mauritius.Full text...

  • Mauritania: Wednesday's forex rates for Ouguiya
    24 may 2017 12:50:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the Central bank of Mauritania.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Commission congratulates Tedros as new WHO chief
    24 may 2017 06:44:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat has congratulated Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia on his election as the first ever Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) from the African region. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID assists demobilization of 500 ex-combatants in West Darfur
    23 may 2017 17:51:52
    El Geneina, Sudan (PANA) - With support from the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID), about 500 ex-combatants, including 30 women, are going through the process of demobilization and return to civilian life at a camp in El Geneina, West Darfur. Full text...

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