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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • 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...

  • Afro-Arab Summit adopts plan to combat terrorism, human trafficking
    20 november 2013 23:01:47
    Kuwait City, Kuwait (PANA) - African and Arab leaders adopted a wide-ranging plan to fight terrorism and illegal migration into their countries after both sides agreed to respect international laws in dealing with illegal immigrants. Full text...

  • Afro-Arab Summit: African, Arab leaders agree to boost agriculture financing in Africa
    20 november 2013 15:59:24
    Kuwait City, Kuwait (PANA) - African and Arab leaders rose from a two-day Summit on boosting economic cooperation Wednesday, with a declaration to pump more funds into Arabian financial institutions to promote Africa’s development, fight hunger and food shortages in both regions.Full text...

  • Afro-Arab Summit: AU plans to tap from Kuwait’s US$ 1 billion Africa loan
    20 november 2013 14:03:09
    Kuwait City, Kuwait (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) is ready to lay out detailed plans on how African countries could effectively tap the US$ 1 billion pledged for investments over the next five years, the AUC President, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said here Wednesday.Full text...

  • AU explains sanctions against Egypt
    20 november 2013 07:45:21
    Kuwait City, Kuwait (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has explained that the sanctions against Egypt were imposed following the illegal transfer of power in the North African nation, rather than for any extraneous reasons as being peddled in certain quarters. Full text...

  • Afro-Arab Summit: African leaders strike economic deals with rich Arab states
    19 november 2013 17:54:40
    Kuwait City, Kuwait (PANA) - The Third Summit of African and Arab leaders which opened here Tuesday offers a new definition in the conduct of diplomatic relations between Africa and its international partners under the leadership of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Afro-Arab Summit: Kenya sues for better job deals for Africans
    19 november 2013 17:42:39
    Kuwait City, Kuwait (PANA) - The poor treatment of migrant African workers in most Arab states was top on the agenda at the third African-Arab Summit which opened here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Afro-Arab Summit opens amid fresh optimism for growth prospects
    19 november 2013 11:37:24
    Kuwait City, Kuwait (PANA) - African and Arab leaders kicked off two-days of talks in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Tuesday, hoping to hammer out a series of deals to boost trade, agriculture and joint investment projects. Full text...

  • AU expresses concern over developments in Libya, calls for restraint
    17 november 2013 13:55:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Sunday expressed concern over the current violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, which has claimed dozens of lives, an AU press release has said.Full text...

  • AU Special Representative monitors situation in flooded Puntland region
    15 november 2013 10:53:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following days of heavy storm and flooding this week in Somalia’s Puntland region, the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said Friday that he was closely monitoring the situation in which at least 300 people are feared to have lost their lives. Full text...

  • AU welcomes UN Security Council resolution on strengthening AMISOM
    14 november 2013 09:12:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the adoption of resolution 2124 (2013) on Somalia by the UN Security Council authorising an increase in the strength of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Full text...

  • AU concerned about persistent insecurity in CAR
    14 november 2013 09:07:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has reiterated its concern about the serious situation prevailing in the Central African Republic (CAR), especially the persistence of insecurity, continued abuses against the civilian population by elements of the ex-Seleka and the emergence of self-defence groups, as well as the precarious humanitarian situation. Full text...

  • PSC appeals for development aid to depressed Abyei communities
    07 november 2013 08:04:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Stressing the need for continued efforts to resolve the final status of the disputed Abyei area between Sudan and South Sudan, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has reiterated its call to all stakeholders in the oil-rich area not to aggravate the already tense situation on the ground. Full text...

  • AU Commission, international partners sign MoUs to beef up African peace efforts
    06 november 2013 10:30:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) and the organisation’s international partners Tuesday signed here two memoranda of understanding, marking the renewal of two joint financing arrangements for the AU peace and security programme and sustenance of liaison offices in conflict and post-conflict countries. Full text...

  • ECOWAS regional integration: Stakeholders demand more action from leaders
    05 november 2013 15:44:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders and Member States have been challenged to translate their various decisions and statements on regional integration into concrete actions. Full text...

  • Dlamini Zuma seeks full engagement of women in Mali’s national dialogue
    05 november 2013 12:10:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has praised the resilience and courage of the women in Mali under very difficult conditions, as their country emerges from a trying moment in its history. Full text...

  • Dlamini Zuma due in Bamako for meeting on Mali
    01 november 2013 15:11:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is due in Bamako where she will chair the sixth meeting of the International Support and Follow-Up Group on the situation in Mali on Saturday.Full text...

  • CENSAD discusses security, governance, development
    29 october 2013 21:20:02
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – A three-day meeting of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) opened in Rabat on Monday to examine several issues related to security, governance and development in the region. Full text...

  • EALA backs AU stance on Kenyan ICC cases
    25 october 2013 07:49:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has passed a resolution in support of the position adopted by the African Union (AU) pressing for deferment of criminal charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Samoei Ruto at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • 17th summit of UEMOA heads of State opens in Senegal
    24 october 2013 22:27:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Togolese president, Faure Gnassingbé, current chairman of the West African Economic and monetary Union (UEMOA), on Thursday opened the 17th ordinary session of the Conference of heads of state and government in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, with a call for the acceleration of integration in the zone.Full text...

  • AU Special Rep slams attempted assassination of Somali journalist
    23 october 2013 16:39:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said it was appalled by the attempted assassination of a Somali journalist working for the London-based, Somali Channel Universal TV.Full text...

  • African youth set to establish continental business plan
    23 october 2013 13:47:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) headquarters will host a high-profile workshop to mobilise the private sector, governments, civil society, regional economic communities and pan-African stakeholders to ponder Africa as a company, it was announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • DRC needs peace for sustainable development - Dlamini Zuma
    23 october 2013 13:18:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC)() Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has urged the authorities in DR Congo to persevere in their efforts at rebuilding the nation, while dealing with the restoration of peace and security, particularly in the eastern part of the country. Full text...

  • IMF, Ghana to co-host conference on financial integration in West Africa
    22 october 2013 14:20:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The Ghanaian government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will co-host a regional conference on 28 October, in Accra, on the opportunities and challenges of financial integration in West Africa, an IMF statement said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • PSC prods Sudan, South Sudan leaders to agree on disputed Abyei
    22 october 2013 12:50:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has once again made an urgent appeal to Sudan and South Sudan to refrain from any unilateral action and statement that may impede progress towards the search for a lasting solution to their dispute over the Abyei Area. Full text...

  • African ambassadors at the UN commend NEPAD
    21 october 2013 15:45:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African ambassadors at the United Nations (UN) have praised the efforts and commitments of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) for its numerous programmes aimed at improving the continent, particularly its rural transformation initiative through the Rural Futures Programme. Full text...

  • Africa mourns its drowned migrants
    21 october 2013 12:14:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Touched by the drowning of African migrants off the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on 3 Oct. 2013, African heads of state and government have declared 3 Nov. a continental day of mourning. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch accuses African leaders of undermining AU Charter
    13 october 2013 10:38:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A top official of the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused African leaders of undermining the African Union (AU) Charter through their decision that no sitting African leader should be made to appear before any international court. Full text...

  • AU seeks deferment of ICC indictments against Kenyan President, Vice
    12 october 2013 16:39:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) is in the process of expanding the mandate of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights (AfCHPR) to try international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, according to decisions taken here Saturday by the AU Assembly. Full text...

  • Nigeria proposes amendment to ICC Articles
    12 october 2013 15:49:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nigeria has proposed that certain Articles of the Rome Statute, establishing the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), should be amended to bring them in conformity with the tenets of customary international law, conventions and norms. Full text...

  • ‘No sitting head of state should stand in the box’ - AU
    12 october 2013 13:15:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A sitting head of state or government should not be prosecuted while in office, the 15th extraordinary meeting of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) has said. Full text...

  • Algerian diplomat elected new AU Commissioner for Peace, Security
    12 october 2013 13:00:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) has elected Algerian diplomat Ismail Chergui as the new Commissioner for Peace and Security in the AU Commission. Full text...

  • Dlamini Zuma says Africa should not allow instability in Kenya
    12 october 2013 12:55:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Kenya’s security situation remains fragile and Africa should not let the East African country slide into instability, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • AU Chairperson berates ICC for disregarding Africa’s requests
    12 october 2013 11:15:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders are not in a crusade against the International Criminal Court (ICC), but are making a solemn call for the organisation to take Africa’s concerns seriously, the African Union (AU) Chairperson, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Ivorian president to attend AU Extraordinary summit on ICC
    11 october 2013 14:39:02
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – President Alassane Ouattara will lead the Ivorian team to the extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU), holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Saturday at which relations between Africa and the International Criminal Court (ICC) will be discussed. Full text...

  • 'ICC should be stopped from treating Africans in condescending manner'
    11 october 2013 14:13:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) should not be allowed to continue treating Africa and Africans in a condescending manner, the chair of the AU Executive Council, who is also Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said here Friday. Full text...

  • Zuma leads SA delegation to Extraordinary AU summit
    11 october 2013 10:15:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma is leading a South African delegation to the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa on Saturday. Full text...

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