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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • CEN-SAD marks sixth anniversary
    04 february 2004 23:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Member countries of the Community of Sahel Saharan States (CEN-SAD) Wednesday marked the sixth anniversary of the bloc launched in 1998 on the initiative of Libyan leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone completes ex-combatants' reintegration
    04 february 2004 13:24:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has ordered closure of the secretariat of National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (NCDDR) in Sierra Leone effective 31 March 2004 after certifying competition of the exercise. Full text...

  • CEMAC chair Sassou Nguesso seeks regional peace
    29 january 2004 21:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, who currently chairs the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), has urged his colleagues to nurture a "peaceful" community through genuine sub-regional solidarity. Full text...

  • Kabah confers with Kadhafi
    28 january 2004 16:06:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Kadhafi and visiting Sierra Leonean President Ahmed Tejan Kabah, Tuesday discussed preparations for the African Union (AU) extra-ordinary summit slated for February in Sirte, 450-km east of Tripoli, official sources said in the Libyan capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • Eyadema receives Kadhafi's invitation to AU Summit
    27 january 2004 16:46:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has held talks with visiting Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Mohammed Almadani Al Azhari, who brought him an invitation from Libyan leader Colonel Kadhafi to the African Union extra-ordinary summit slated for 27 February in Sirte, Libya. Full text...

  • President Kerekou to attend extraordinary AU summit
    27 january 2004 12:58:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin has received an invitation from Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Kadhafi to attend an extraordinary summit of the African Union billed for 27 February in the Libyan resort of Syrte, officials sources confirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • UEMOA Commission new chair in Cote d'Ivoire
    26 january 2004 15:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Newly elected Chair of the eight-nation West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Commission, Mali's Soumaila Cisse, was met in Abidjan Monday by Ivorian Senior Minister in charge of Economy and Finance, Bohoun Bouabre. Full text...

  • Australian Fisheries Minister visits Reunion
    23 january 2004 20:05:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Australian Fisheries, Forestry and Environment Minister Ian Mac Donald is in Reunion on a visit aimed at strengthening co-operation on the surveillance of territorial waters and fish resources, official sources said in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • Africa sues for cultural diversity
    21 january 2004 19:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairman Alpha Oumar Konare pledged here Tuesday that Africa would be present at all fronts in the advocacy for cultural diversity worldwide. Full text...

  • Cape Verde suggests special status for Island States
    16 january 2004 19:22:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde's Prime Minister José Maria Neves has urged African organisations to accord special status to the continent's Island states so that their peculiar conditions could be internationally recognised. Full text...

  • Libya prepares to host AU summit February
    16 january 2004 15:30:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Mali names five MPs for Pan-African Parliament
    15 january 2004 14:54:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The National Assembly has designated five MPs to represent Mali in the Pan-African Parliament, one of the institutions of the African Union, according to parliamentary sources here. Full text...

  • Australia supports African blind children's Centre
    13 january 2004 18:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Australian government Tuesday donated 218,730 Kenyan Shillings to the African Braille Centre (ABC) in Nairobi, the Centre said in a statement. Full text...

  • New UEMOA boss takes up integration challenge
    12 january 2004 18:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Newly-elected President of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Soumaila Cisse of Mali has pledged to spare no efforts in further integrating the economies of its eight member states. Full text...

  • Kenyan president lauds E. African integration moves
    12 january 2004 18:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya on Monday lauded the ongoing efforts to integrate the East African region in a move to create a wider economic market. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UEMOA to jointly tackle poverty in West Africa
    12 january 2004 17:37:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Monday declared here that the sub- regional body would work closely with the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) to alleviate poverty in the region. Full text...

  • UEMOA leaders reaffirm faith in regional integration
    11 january 2004 16:00:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Leaders of member states of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) have reaffirmed the conviction that regional integration was "the best way" to develop their respective nations. Full text...

  • Mali's Soumaila Cisse elected UEMOA Commission chair
    10 january 2004 20:28:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Malian Soumaila Cisse was Saturday elected as Chairman of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Commission to replace Senegalese Moussa Toure who held the position for 10 years. Full text...

  • UEMOA summit opens in Niger
    10 january 2004 18:08:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The eighth conference of heads of state and government of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) opened Saturday in Niamey, Niger. Full text...

  • AU Chief nudges Sudanese parties on peace deal
    10 january 2004 14:44:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission chair Alpha Omar Konare has urged the Khartoum government and the rebel Sudan Peoples Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) to persevere until lasting peace returned to the country. Full text...

  • Zambia undergoes austerity to meet HIPC status
    08 january 2004 14:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has imposed a six-month wage freeze on civil servants in an austerity measure to meet pre-conditions set by the International Monetary Fund for the country to qualify for consideration as a highly indebted poor country by next June. Full text...

  • Australian charity aids Kenya's ophthalmology unit
    08 january 2004 12:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Fred Hallows Foundation of Australia has donated eye surgery equipment worth 1 million Kenya shillings to the ophthalmology unit of the Rift Valley Provincial Government Hospital. Full text...

  • RADDHO happy with progress on African Court of Justice
    07 january 2004 22:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Dakar-based African human rights organisation, RADDHO, Wednesday expressed happiness with the progress on the creation of the African Court of Justice by the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Election of chairman high on agenda of UEMOA confab
    07 january 2004 21:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The election of the chairman of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Commission would be the high point of the union's heads of State summit opening here next Saturday, organising sources affirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda fully enters COMESA free trade zone
    03 january 2004 19:27:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has, since 1 January 2004, cancelled all border taxes on wares produced in the member countries of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the general commissioner of Rwanda's Tax Office, James Musoni announced Saturday. Full text...

  • AU condemns assassination of Pope's envoy in Burundi
    30 december 2003 21:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Alpha Oumar Konare, Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Tuesday condemned Monday's assassination of the Papal nuncio in Burundi Michael Courtney in an ambush south-west of Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Konare visits Tripoli for talks with Libyan leader
    27 december 2003 16:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Omar Konare, Saturday arrived in Tripoli for a two-day visit to Libya. Full text...

  • Unpublished work by late Ivorian writer Kourouma out soon
    25 december 2003 13:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A book authored by Ivorian writer Ahmadou Kourouma, who died 11 December in Lyons, south-east of France, is to be published soon by Seuil Publishers in Paris, according to Moriféré Bamba, a close associate of the late writer. Full text...

  • Gambia selects MPs for AU Parliament
    24 december 2003 21:09:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian National Assembly Wednesday chose five delegates, including two female MPs for the African Union (AU) Parliament. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts Liptako-Gourma council of ministers
    24 december 2003 17:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 40th council of ministers of the three-nation Liptako-Gourma Integrated Development Authority ended its session here Monday after adopting the management's 2004 programme of activities and the 2004-2006 investment plan. Full text...

  • Lesotho, Madagascar ratify AU treaties
    24 december 2003 12:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The days of impunity and human rights abuse in Africa are over, Lesotho's permanent representative to the African Union, Humphrey M. Full text...

  • Regional meeting on NEPAD for Madagascar in Janury
    23 december 2003 10:56:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Preparations are underway for a seminar bringing together delegates from countries of the south- western part of the Indian Ocean on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), scheduled 26-27 January in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Angolan president receives AU chairperson, Konare
    22 december 2003 18:25:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos received Monday the chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Alpha Oumar Konare, who arrived in Luanda Sunday. Full text...

  • Kenya accedes to AU protocol on Pan-African Parliament
    22 december 2003 14:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Issues of governance, democracy and human rights in Africa would be dealt with more effectively after the establishment of the Pan-African Parliament next year, Kenya's permanent representative to the African Union (AU), Richard Okwaro said here Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya signs ten AU treaties
    18 december 2003 17:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has signed ten treaties and protocols of the African Union (AU), a Foreign Office statement affirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mbeki leads AU delegation on Comoros crisis
    18 december 2003 13:02:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki will lead an African Union (AU) delegation to discuss the crisis in the Comoros next Saturday, the Foreign ministry indicated here Thursday. Full text...

  • Chambas says ECOWAS will rise to challenges of integration
    18 december 2003 09:33:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas assured Thursday the regional economic bloc would take a giant stride in the execution of programmes to foster economic co-operation among the member States in the next two years, despite the domination of its activities by peace and security concerns. Full text...

  • Gabon ratifies protocol on AU Parliament
    17 december 2003 09:36:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- With the 31 December deadline approaching, the Gabonese Parliament Tuesday ratified the protocol to the Treaty establishing the African Economic Community, relating to the Pan-African Parliament. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Ministers urged to accelerate integration process
    15 december 2003 19:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Monday charged the Council of Ministers to nudge the community towards integration and development, as the Council opened a two-day meeting in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Seychelles to ratify AU Peace and Security Council protocol
    14 december 2003 20:26:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Seychelles Foreign Ministry has announced that the country would soon ratify the protocol for the creation of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), an official source has said. Full text...

  • EU reaffirms importance of partnership with Africa
    13 december 2003 18:54:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Summit which opened here Friday ended Saturday after reaffirming the importance of its partnership with Africa through the strengthening of the EU/Africa Dialogue. Full text...

  • Sweden assists AU capacity building project
    12 december 2003 15:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sweden has committed 4 million kroner (about US$500,000) to the African Union's capacity building project for peace and security on the continent. Full text...

  • Namibia ratifies AU peace, security council protocol
    10 december 2003 12:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The protocol on the proposed Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) needs four more ratifications to enter into force, the AU Commission announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU announces Vieira de Mello human rights award
    10 december 2003 10:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union Commission intends to launch, in collaboration with the UN High Commission for Human Rights, a Sergio Vieira de Mello Human Rights Advocates Award, Alpha Oumar Konare, AU Commission chairperson, announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • CEMAC experts formatting ministerial council talks
    09 december 2003 11:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Experts from the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) entered day two of deliberations in preparation for the ministerial council slated for 12 December, the Congolese national radio reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU Commission chair Konare ends visit to Kigali
    07 december 2003 19:22:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Omar Konare, on Sunday ended a two-day visit in Rwanda during which he met with the authorities to discuss efforts in genocide prevention and the future of the African continent. Full text...

  • AU Parliament for launch in March 2004
    05 december 2003 13:54:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Pan-African Parliament, one of the organs of the African Union (AU), will be officially launched in March 2004, AU Commission Vice-chair Patrick Manzimpaka of Rwanda announced in Kigali Friday. Full text...

  • AU expresses concern about incidents in Comoros
    02 december 2003 09:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare has expressed deep concern following disturbances in Comoros during the Muslim feast of Aid-el-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, in which several people were injured. Full text...

  • Zambia names MPs for AU Parliament
    02 december 2003 08:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is to accord special status to the five MPs named to represent the country at the Pan-African Parliament set to go operational in South Africa at the start of the New Year. Full text...

  • Angola consents to Pan-African Parliament Protocol
    29 november 2003 09:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The proposed Pan-African Parliament would offer opportunity for all Africans to play a meaningful role in the development and integration of the continent, according to Angolan permanent representative to the African Union, Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto. Full text...

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