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27th Summit of the African Union in Kigali
(Rwanda) 17 to 18 July 2016
  • South Africa: Application barring Bashir from leaving SA to be heard on Monday
    14 june 2015 16:33:16
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The High Court in Pretoria has postponed the hearing on an urgent application to compel South Africa to arrest Sudanese President Omar Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity until Monday morning. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mugabe takes aim at SA and Nigeria over Libyan invasion
    14 june 2015 14:37:14
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has slammed both South Africa and Nigeria at the African Union Summit because they had both voted for a United Nations Security Council Resolution in 2011 which authorised military action against Libyan leader Muammar Khadafi and his regime. Full text...

  • South Africa: Bashir barred from leaving South Africa
    14 june 2015 13:37:58
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The High Court in Pretoria on Sunday granted an interim order preventing Sudanese president Omar Bashir from leaving South Africa, pending an urgent application for his arrest.Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan media 'relived' at Bashir's safe arrival in South Africa
    14 june 2015 09:45:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese newspapers on Sunday expressed relief that President Omar Bashir landed peacefully in South Africa for the AU summit as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs played down the row over the president’s participation. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tensions high as al-Bashir attends AU Summit
    14 june 2015 09:03:28
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The African Union Summit, which is underway in Sandton, has been overshadowed by the arrival of Sudanese President and International Criminal Court (ICC) fugitive, Omar al-Bashir. Full text...

  • South Africa: Delegates begin AU Summit deliberations
    13 june 2015 15:04:29
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Twenty African leaders who make up the membership of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) met Saturday at Sandton Conference Centre in Johannesburg to deliberate on economic empowerment of African women, financing of Africa’s regional infrastructure and Agenda 2063.Full text...

  • Sudan: Bashir leaves for AU Summit in South Africa
    13 june 2015 13:07:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Saturday left Khartoum for Johannesburg to attend the 25th African Union (AU) Summit due to open Sunday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Free trade zone to be unveiled at AU summit
    13 june 2015 12:41:33
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The continent's largest free-trade zone, covering 26 countries, will be unveiled at this weekend’s African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, officials said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Obasanjo presses for regional approach to economic integration
    13 june 2015 11:08:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Africa should pursue economic integration on the basis of regional economic communities rather than trying to do so with all 54 countries on the continent, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU leaders mull over the problem of “third-terminism”
    13 june 2015 09:23:31
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The issue of African leaders extending their terms in office is under the spotlight at the AU summit where several heads of state who are guilty of the so-called “third-termism” are attending. Full text...

  • South Africa: Jolie calls for united campaign against gender violence
    13 june 2015 09:18:55
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie has urged African leaders to join a global campaign to fight the scourge of violence against women on the continent. Full text...

  • South Africa: AU must prevent third-term bids from destabilising Africa
    12 june 2015 20:13:52
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – African leaders’ attempts to change constitutions to allow them to stand for third terms will become the next big threat to peace and security on the continent, according to the South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS).Full text...

  • South Africa: Libyan impasse under spotlight at AU Summit
    12 june 2015 16:25:21
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – The International Contact Group on Libya on Friday began meeting on the sidelines of the 25th ordinary session of the AU Assembly. Full text...

  • South Africa: Fresh calls for al-Bashir's arrest
    12 june 2015 15:50:02
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Democratic Alliance MP Stevens Mokgalapa on Friday called for the “immediate arrest” of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he arrives in Johannesburg on Saturday for the African Union (AU) Summit. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Lungu leads Zambian delegation to AU Summit
    12 june 2015 13:04:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - President Edgar Lungu on Friday left for South Africa at the head of the the Zambian delegation to the 13-15 June 25th Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government in Johannesburg.Full text...

  • AU Summit: Centre threatens to seek arrest warrant for Sudanese President
    12 june 2015 10:55:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has threatened to seek an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he attends this weekend’s African Union Summit in Sandton, South Africa.Full text...

  • South Africa: Xenophobia under the spotlight at AU summit
    12 june 2015 07:44:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Xenophobia is likely to be a hot topic at the African Union (AU) Summit which is underway in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • South Africa: AUC Chairperson warns of Africa's gender inequalities
    11 june 2015 18:17:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Thursday said Africa is failing in its efforts to achieve gender parity. Full text...

  • South Africa: African leaders jet into Johannesburg for African Union Summit
    11 june 2015 14:00:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – More than 50 African heads of state have begun arriving in South Africa ahead of the 25th African Union (AU( Summit which gets underway in Johannesburg on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Nigerian AU delegate robbed in Johannesburg
    11 june 2015 10:32:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A major manhunt is underway for a group of men posing as policemen who robbed a Nigerian delegate shortly after he had arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday night to attend the 25th African Union (AU) summit in the city. Full text...

  • South Africa: African FMs back AU industrial revolution plan
    10 june 2015 15:57:51
    Sandton, South Africa (PANA) - Foreign ministers attending the 25th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly agreed Wednesday to formally support implementation of the AU flagship plan to rapidly industrialise Africa, saying national action plans were needed to urgently support Agenda 2063.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chairperson congratulates Mauritian first woman President
    05 june 2015 20:07:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has “warmly congratulated” Ameenah Gurib-Fakim on her appointment as the new President of the Republic of Mauritius, according to a statement issued Friday by the Commission in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Konaré appointed as AU High Representative for South Sudan
    02 june 2015 19:54:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appointed former Malian President Alpha Oumar Konaré as the AU High Representative for South Sudan, the Commission announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: How to enhance public trust in Ethiopia’s electoral process - AU election mission
    27 may 2015 09:44:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia’s elections managerial board should put in place measures and procedures to enhance public trust in the electoral process, according to an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) that was deployed to the 24 May 2015 parliamentary elections in the East African country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU commemorates 52nd anniversary
    25 may 2015 18:21:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – “Women of Africa are a formidable asset in achieving sustainable, social and economic development, as well as the eradication of poverty, hunger and disease,” the African Union (AU) Chairperson, President Robert G. Mugabe of Zimbabwe, stated Monday in a message commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the Union. Full text...

  • Senegal: Africa moves to ensure better dividends from natural resources
    22 may 2015 11:07:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Africa is continuing its push, through the Africa Mining Vision, to ensure that nations on the continent benefit more from their natural resources, for the benefit of their populations.Full text...

  • Tanzania: ECOSOCC deplores continued violence in Burundi
    18 may 2015 15:35:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union (AU) said Monday it was deeply concerned about the unfolding political, security and humanitarian situation in Burundi.Full text...

  • Libya: PM Abdallah al-Theni invited to AU summit in June
    17 may 2015 11:48:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - South African authorities have invited head of Libya's interim government Abdallah al-Theni to the African Union (AU) summit scheduled for 7 June in Pretoria, according to official sources here.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Failed constitutional order in Burundi, another lesson for Africa (By Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Editor, Tanzania)
    14 may 2015 11:59:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - When will Africa absolutely do away with coups d'état as a way of changing government, despite African Union's principle of rejecting unconstitutional change of government?Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU organizes 10th ‘eLearning Africa’ international conference
    12 may 2015 09:52:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Political leaders will join education experts and investors at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20-22 May 2015 to discuss the role technology can play in building on Africa’s progress in education, training and development. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Conference adopts plan for combating illegal trade in Africa’s natural resources
    30 april 2015 19:10:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African governments should strengthen their institutional and legal frameworks for handling wildlife and environmental crimes in order to realise the benefits of the continent-wide strategy and action plan for combating the illegal trade in natural resources, adopted Thursday in Brazzaville, Congo.Full text...

  • Togo: AU urges Togolese to maintain peace after presidential polls
    28 april 2015 14:02:36
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The African Union (AU) electoral observer mission has urged the Togolese to preserve the serenity and will of the people that prevailed during the 25 April presidential election in the country.Full text...

  • Congo: Sassou Nguesso says ‘forests, wildlife part of common heritage in Africa’
    27 april 2015 19:17:18
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – "Forests and wildlife are part of our common African heritage but are disappearing at an alarming pace," President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo said Monday as the continent’s Heads of State, government representatives and experts gathered in the Congolese capital for the International Conference on Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Africa sets common roadmap to combat illegal wildlife trade
    27 april 2015 14:23:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – A four-day International Conference on Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa kicked off Monday in Brazzaville, Congo, with participants determined to develop a common roadmap for combating wildlife crime across the continent. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Peace and Security Council calls for renewed efforts to address Libyan crisis
    24 april 2015 19:14:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has reiterated the imperative for renewed, vigorous and coordinated African and international efforts to address the situation in war-ravaged Libya. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns killing of African nationals by terrorist elements in Libya
    20 april 2015 19:22:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Monday condemned the killing of a number of African nationals, reportedly from Ethiopia, by terrorist elements affiliated to the Islamic State (Daesh) in Libya. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AUC chief describes xenophobic attacks in South Africa as “unacceptable”
    16 april 2015 16:52:58
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has described the ongoing xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province as “unacceptable” and called for an immediate halt of the attacks. Full text...

  • Sudan: AU mission satisfied with peaceful climate at Sudan’s elections
    15 april 2015 15:17:19
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union Mission observing elections in Sudan said it has noted with satisfaction that the first two days of voting went on in a generally-peaceful climate, saying no major incidents that could have a significant impact on the vote were registered.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: South Africa hosts 25th AU Summit
    13 april 2015 18:18:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) –The 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union will take place 14-15 June 2015 at Sandton International Conference Center (ICC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, the AU Commission announced here Monday.Full text...

  • Mauritania: WB official lauds Mauritania’s role in sub-regional integration
    10 april 2015 16:59:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The World Bank's Director of Operations for Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, Mrs Vera Songwe, has praised Mauritania’s role in the sub-regional integration, noting that cooperation between the Bank and the west African country is driven by growth and diversification, as well as economic governance and services. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief approves deployment of AU mission to observe elections in Sudan
    09 april 2015 17:45:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Government of Sudan, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has approved the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Election Observation (STO) Mission to Sudan’s Presidential and Parliamentary Elections scheduled for 13-15 April 2015, the Commission said Thursday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief appoints four special representatives, heads of liaison offices
    08 april 2015 19:25:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - As part of the African Union's continued efforts to maintain an effective presence on the ground and support the promotion of peace, security and stability on the continent, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has appointed four new Special Representatives and Heads of Liaison Offices. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls on businesses to employ people with autism
    02 april 2015 15:22:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday launched an employment "Call to Action", inviting businesses to make concrete commitments to employ people with autism. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: AUC Chair congratulates Buhari, urges Nigerians to maintain unity
    01 april 2015 11:19:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed satisfaction at Wednesday's official announcement of the results on the presidential election in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Senegal: AU gets US$50,000 booster for fighting Ebola Virus Disease
    26 march 2015 17:07:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) Thursday received a US$50,000 grant from the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) towards the ongoing fight against the Ebola Virus Disease on the continent, according to a statement obtained by PANA here from the Commission.Full text...

  • Tanzania: AUC chief starts working visit to Burundi
    26 march 2015 16:43:00
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Thursday began a two-day working visit to Burundi, aiming to support the country as it readies for general elections while handling national reconciliation and development issues. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius approves Australian oil bunkering project in Port-Louis
    26 march 2015 14:49:19
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Industry and Commerce Minister Ashit Gungah on Thursday handed over a letter of intent to representatives of the Macquarie Bank of Australia, indicating the approval by the Mauritian government of the first project of oil bunkering activities that will be launched by the Australian party at a cost of US$100 million in Port-Louis, Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: AU redeploys election observers to Nigeria
    21 march 2015 12:39:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following an invitation from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of an AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the general elections in Nigeria, which were originally scheduled for 14 April but later postponed to 28 March 2015.Full text...

  • Nigeria: AU joins FAO to mark International Day of Forests
    21 march 2015 10:26:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA ) - As the International Day of Forests is being marked across the world on 21 March, there is a need to conserve and adequately promote forestation at all levels, if efforts aimed at adaptation as well as mitigating the negative impacts of climate change, can be achieved. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Niger to host first African Girls’ Summit on abolition of child marriage in Africa
    18 march 2015 16:42:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A senior official of the African Union Commission (AUC) has welcomed the announcement by Niger that it plans to host the First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa in Niamey from 26 – 27 November 2015.Full text...

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