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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • Ethiopia/AU: Preparation of Africa’s Agenda 2063 enters final stage
    30 january 2014 08:39:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - After extensive consultations with the various sectors of the African civil society and the Diaspora over the last four months, the African Union Commission (AUC) is finalising the draft continental agenda on the Africa they want by 2063, the Commission has reported. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma presents SA's progress report to APRM summit
    30 january 2014 07:48:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday presented South Africa's third progress report on the implementation of the country's National Programme of Action to the 20th Summit of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Forum Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Dlamini Zuma wants agriculture made attractive to youth
    29 january 2014 18:33:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa needs to find a way of making agriculture attractive to young people who can become an engine for industrialization, African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson, Dr. Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma, has said. Full text...

  • Burundi: Nkurunziza to attend AU Summit in Ethiopia
    29 january 2014 15:34:18
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian president, Pierre Nkurunziza, is due in Addis Ababa Wednesday where he attend the 22th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) heads of state and government, according to official communique issued here. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AfDB props up capacity building for African infrastructure
    29 january 2014 15:29:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union Commission (AUC) Wednesday signed an accord, worth US$ 8.9 million, as capacity building grants for projects aimed at Africa’s physical and economic integration. Full text...

  • Congo: President Nguesso for AU summit
    29 january 2014 14:41:25
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese President, Denis Sassou Nguesso, was due Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to take part in the 22th ordinary session of the Summit of the African Union (AU) heads of state and government, scheduled for 30-31 January, PANA reported.Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Equatorial Guinea signs up for APRM
    29 january 2014 14:22:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Equatorial Guinea has become the 34th participating country of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) after President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo signed here Wednesday his country’s accession to the mechanism. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Africa steps up use of domestic resources on infrastructure development
    29 january 2014 12:03:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries now finance a significant share of their infrastructure projects with domestic resources, after such resources accounted for 47 percent of the total amount expended on projects in 2012, Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU to pass resolution in support of Palestine self-determination
    29 january 2014 11:56:20
    Addis, Ababa (Ethiopia) - African leaders gathered in Addis Ababa for their 30-31 Jan. summit are expected to pass a resolution reaffirming their support for the total liberation of Palestine, a top diplomat told PANA in the Ethiopian capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU Summit asked to declare 2016 African Human Rights Year
    29 january 2014 11:45:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa’s premier human rights bodies have asked the African Union (AU) to declare 2016 the continent's human rights year marking a veritable watershed in its human rights trajectory. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU Commissioner for Development to attend AU Summit
    29 january 2014 10:09:16
    Brussells, Belgium (PANA) - EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will attend the African Union (AU) Summit due to open Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the EU said in a statement obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: South Africa, Niger join AU PSC
    29 january 2014 10:05:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Africa and Niger are among the 10 countries elected Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as new members of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council for a two-year term, PANA reported Wednesday, quoting diplomatic sources here. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: NEPAD orientation committee takes stock of continental progress
    29 january 2014 09:58:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Despite the progress made over the last decade in the implementation of programmes under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), participating countries should have clarity of objectives and focus in order to ensure greater success, according to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn. Full text...

  • South Africa: Zuma arrives in Addis Ababa for AU session
    29 january 2014 08:44:49
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ahead of the African Union (AU) summit which gets underway Thursday, under the theme: "2014 - Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa, Marking the 10th Anniversary of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme". Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls on international community to assist Madagascar
    28 january 2014 22:29:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) has called on the international community to provide the necessary support to Madagascar to help the country consolidate the “remarkable gains” it has made.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan to attend 22nd AU Summit in Ethiopia
    28 january 2014 19:34:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja on Wednesday for Addis Ababa where he will attend the 22nd Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government which begins in the Ethiopian capital Thursday, a presidency press statement indicated here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Al-Bashir due in Addis for AU summit
    28 january 2014 16:29:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir was due in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tuesday to participate in the 22nd ordinary session of the African Union (AU) summit holding 30-31 January, official sources told PANA.Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: 'Full use of available resources can make Africa global food exporter'
    28 january 2014 16:09:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa has all it takes to meet its own food needs and be a significant part of the response to the global challenge of feeding an increasing world population, according to a senior official of the African Union Commission (AUC). Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: 'Governance improving in Africa, but....'
    28 january 2014 14:46:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa’s governance landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade with more multiparty elections than military coups, but the continent is not yet out of the woods, according to the African Union (AU)’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Aisha Abdullahi. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian president to attend AU Summit
    28 january 2014 12:24:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Tuesday left Nouakchott for Addis Ababa to attend the African Union (AU) Summit scheduled for later this week in the Ethiopian capital, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: African countries need united action on infrastructure development
    28 january 2014 10:59:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries need to act as one in implementing the continent’s programme for infrastructure development, which was approved by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in January 2012, AU Commission Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: African leaders told to build inclusive societies to end conflicts
    27 january 2014 12:30:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Monday urged political leaders on the continent to build inclusive and tolerant societies if they want to put an end to civil wars and other violent conflicts. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AUC underlines investment in agriculture, agro industries
    27 january 2014 10:01:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – For Africa to ensure sustained and inclusive GDP growth of at least 7 percent, agriculture and agro-processing are critical factors that all African countries must take seriously this year, the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said here Monday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU defines continental agenda for 2063
    26 january 2014 08:32:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ahead of the 22nd summit of African leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) Saturday engaged in a three-day brainstorming session on critical issues relating to the continental agenda for 2063 and the state of the Union. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU welcomes pact to end hostilities in South Sudan
    24 january 2014 10:47:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the agreement reached by the warring South Sudanese parties in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Thursday on the cessation of hostility and the status of detainees. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AUC Chairperson underscores strong relationship with PRC
    21 january 2014 12:51:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Dlamini Nkosazana Zuma has stressed the need for a strong cooperation between the commission and the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) in order to take forward the pan-African goals in service to the African people. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Warring South Sudanese parties support AU peace efforts
    21 january 2014 09:10:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Expressing unanimity on the need to bring to an end the current fighting in South Sudan, both the governing and the opposing parties have supported the efforts of the African Union (AU) and the regional Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to find a lasting solution to the crisis and its underlying causes. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Africa must provide enough food for consumption, export (Feature by Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Correspondent)
    20 january 2014 12:59:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa’s ambition in agriculture, according to the African Union (AU), is to produce enough food to feed its growing population and become a leading exporter of good food.Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU Commission Chairperson mourns Ghanaian broadcaster
    20 january 2014 08:32:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has received with “shock and disbelief” news of the sudden death of Ghanaian-born BBC broadcaster Komla Dumor, according to a statement issued by the Commission here Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU lauds Madagascar’s successful political transition
    18 january 2014 19:07:31
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed AU’s appreciation to the Malagasy people and political actors and institutions for their commitment, which has made it possible to bring the country’s transition process to a successful end. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: Libyan Deputy Speaker on courtesy call to AUC chair
    17 january 2014 16:20:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The First Deputy Speaker of Libya's General National Congress (parliament), Mr. Ezeddin Al-Awamy, has reaffirmed his country’s support to the African Union (AU) during a courtesy call on the AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the AU headquarters here Friday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: AU unhappy with spread of violence in South Sudan
    14 january 2014 16:04:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Tuesday said it noted with great concern the widespread violence in South Sudan that undermined, not only ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa, but also affected delivery of the much-needed humanitarian assistance in affected regions. Full text...

  • Ethiopia/AU: AU official urges concrete action on African Standby Force
    14 january 2014 14:40:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Underlining the need for sustained efforts towards conflict prevention, a senior official of the African Union Commission (AUC) Tuesday urged the continent’s defence ministers to get the proposed African Standby Force (ASF) fully operational by the 2015 deadline. Full text...

  • AU says dialogue remains only viable way for South Sudan
    31 december 2013 19:06:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, emerging from its emergency meeting in Banjul, Gambia, has stressed that dialogue remains the only viable way through which the South Sudanese parties can resolve their political differences. Full text...

  • AU, IGAD reiterate call for immediate ceasefire in South Sudan
    25 december 2013 19:42:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) group on Wednesday renewed their call to the warring parties in South Sudan to observe an immediate cessation of hostilities. Full text...

  • AU wants more women representation in Mauritanian politics
    24 december 2013 17:27:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – An African Union (AU) observer mission to the Mauritanian municipal and legislative polls, led by former Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, has recommended that the Mauritanian government should create an environment which will allow more women participate in the country's political process. Full text...

  • AU deploys observers for Mauritania's run-off
    21 december 2013 12:07:22
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - African Union (AU) observers led by former Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia are monitoring Saturday's run-off of Mauritania's legislative and municipal elections, PANA reported. Full text...

  • AU Assembly meets January 2014 in Addis Ababa
    19 december 2013 14:17:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union (AU) leaders will hold their 22nd ordinary summit at the organisation’s headquarters here from 30-31 January, 2014, it was officially announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • AU, UN Special Representatives condemn ambush on aid workers in Somalia
    19 december 2013 14:04:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Cowardly acts of ambushing humanitarian workers will not discourage them to carry on with their mission, according to the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamet Saleh Annadif. Full text...

  • Nigeria's anti-graft body, West Australian police sign MoU on cyber crimes
    17 december 2013 18:59:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s leading anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Major Fraud Squad (MFS) of Western Australia Police to fight internet fraud and money laundering. Full text...

  • Failed coup attempt: AU Commission monitors situation in South Sudan
    17 december 2013 14:32:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The safety and security of the civilian population in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, has become a matter of deep concern to the African Union (AU) Commission following an outbreak of fighting in the city on 15 December 2013, the Commission’s Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU condemns ‘heinous attack’ on UN Stabilisation Mission in Mali
    17 december 2013 09:20:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has strongly condemned “the heinous terrorist attack” against forces of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Kidal on Saturday. Full text...

  • AU condemns terrorist attack in Kenyan capital
    16 december 2013 11:34:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has strongly condemned Saturday’s “cowardly attack” on a minibus in a suburb of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, that killed many innocent civilians and injured many more. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, AUC partner on protection of informal economy
    14 december 2013 16:44:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Regional experts have called on ECOWAS to lead in the implementation of the Social protection plan for workers in the informal economy and those in the rural areas (SPIREWORK) by formalizing existing institutional frameworks and establishing a legislative or regulatory, structure-based social protection for various sectors such as Agriculture, Trade and Gender. Full text...

  • PSC increases number of uniformed personnel for support mission in CAR
    14 december 2013 14:01:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African-led International Support Mission in Central African Republic (MISCA) will be temporarily beefed up to 6,000 uniformed personnel following a decision adopted here Friday by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • PSC underlines need for reform of Guinea-Bissau’s armed forces
    14 december 2013 13:53:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Authorities in Guinea-Bissau need to make more sustained efforts to ensure the reform of the West African country’s defence and security sector as a prerequisite for sustainable promotion of democracy and the rule of law, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) said here. Full text...

  • Niger hosts regional trade fair on UEMOA integration
    13 december 2013 16:18:44
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger is currently hosting a regional trade fair, focusing on the integration in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), under the theme: "Mainstreaming economic integration through exchanges", PANA reported Friday here. Full text...

  • Cameroon hosts consultation meeting with African media on Agenda 2063
    10 december 2013 18:59:47
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - At least 20 African journalists are gathered here for the Consultation workshop aimed at making recommendations and suggestions that are expected to be taken into account in the 2063 Agenda for the African Union (AU), PANA reported from here Full text...

  • AU Commission extols Mandela’s virtues
    08 december 2013 13:08:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) has paid tribute to the heritage of former South African president Nelson Mandela, particularly his struggle for democracy, freedom and equality throughout the continent. Full text...

  • AU, RECs meet to strengthen collaboration
    21 november 2013 08:34:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Senior officials from the African Union Commission (AUC), Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) are meeting in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, on the effective implementation of legal and policy instruments towards the strengthening of their cooperation. Full text...

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