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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • Konare: Poverty in Africa is threat to world peace
    28 june 2004 21:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Chairman of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare Monday warned that the African continent could eventually be a threat to world peace if nothing is done to reverse the trend of abject poverty that could force African communities "to resort to violence". Full text...

  • Africa still thirsty despite huge water resources
    28 june 2004 19:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Africa does not lack water but it paradoxically is the part of the globe that suffers most from the low water coverage, a situation compounded by serious problems of sanitation that expose the populations to major health risks. Full text...

  • AU Commission chair asks for US$600 million annual budget
    28 june 2004 17:14:00
    Addis Ababa (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chair, Alpha Oumar Konare Monday asked for an annual budget of 600 million US dollars, with which to run the Union's institutions and implement various projects under the 2004/2007 action plan. Full text...

  • African private sector supports AU commssion's vision
    28 june 2004 14:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A strong public-private partnership is key to achieving rapid and sustainable development in Africa and thereby reverse the continent's marginalisation in the global economy, said leading businesspersons at a forum just ended in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • South Africa to chair African Peace, Security Council
    28 june 2004 14:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa will assume the chair of the African Peace and Security Council for the month of July, the Department of Foreign Affairs said in Pretoria Monday. Full text...

  • Konare unveils business programme
    28 june 2004 11:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union's short term actions for businessmen and investors is going through the effective implementation of the principle of free movement of people and properties, the harmonisation of business law and the diligent installation of the Court of Justice as planned in the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), Alpha Oumar Konare has said here. Full text...

  • Civil society forum urges speedy launch of ECOSOCC
    28 june 2004 07:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Civil society organisations (CSOs) have urged the Executive Council and the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to approve the statutes of the Union's Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) at their forthcoming annual sessions starting here this week. Full text...

  • Kenyan VP for speedy East African integration
    27 june 2004 11:13:00
    Nanyuki- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori Sunday urged members of the East Africa Legislative Assembly to disregard narrow parochial interests in a bid to accelerate the sub-region's integration. Full text...

  • African environment experts meet in Libya
    27 june 2004 10:44:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- African environmental and agricultural experts and specialists are to wind-up a two-day meeting in Sirte Sunday to prepare for the 10th conference of Environment Ministers of the African Union (AU) scheduled in the Libyan city 450-km east of here from 29-30 June. Full text...

  • Konare calls for new Africa
    26 june 2004 13:14:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Alpha Omar Konare Saturday in Addis Ababa called for the building of new Africa, saying the situation on the continent had not improved after about 50 years of independence. Full text...

  • Africa is a potential world power, says Konare
    26 june 2004 09:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Given good health and better education for its people, Africa could become a world power, the African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare said in Addis Ababa Saturday. Full text...

  • AU, Africa's most ambitious political programme
    25 june 2004 23:27:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The advent of the African Union (AU), this phoenix, which rises from the ashes of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) at its 38th summit in July 2002 in Durban, South Africa has been the continent's most ambitious political programme since the 60s. Full text...

  • AU experts to assess Sudan's post-conflict needs
    25 june 2004 15:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A high-level team of experts from the African Union (AU) is currently in Sudan making a preliminary assessment of the country's post-conflict requirements, it was announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Africa Union Radio goes on air 4th July in Addis
    25 june 2004 14:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union will on 4 July come on the continent's airwaves by launching its first radio broadcast from its headquarters in Addis Ababa, the AU Commission announced Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia pursues IMF-imposed austerity measures
    25 june 2004 10:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government plans to retrench more than 2,000 workers before the end of the year as part of civil service reforms begun under the IMF austerity programme during the regime of former president Frederick Chiluba. Full text...

  • Terrorists should take no chance in Africa
    25 june 2004 09:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African leaders assembling here next month will endorse a sharpened protocol intended to beat the increasing threat of international terrorism on the security and socio-economic development of the continent. Full text...

  • Mali ratifies AU Convention on corruption
    24 june 2004 13:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian cabinet has ratified the draft documents on the ratification of the African Union's Convention to combat corruption, adopted by the AU leaders at their second ordinary summit on 11 July 2003 in Maputo, an official said here. Full text...

  • Pretoria renews interest to host AU Parliament
    24 june 2004 12:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- After reiterating its offer to host the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the South African government has set up an inter-ministerial committee to strengthen Pretoria's efforts to win the hosting bid. Full text...

  • AU representatives committee starts session
    23 june 2004 09:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union Wednesday began its eighth ordinary session here to pave the way for the third ordinary summit of the AU due to be held 6-8 July in the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • US funds for beefing up security in Africa
    20 june 2004 14:09:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- The US will disburse about 80 million US dollars to support the African Union's security initiatives for the continent, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Charles Snyder, has said in Washington, DC. Full text...

  • Konare on the Darfur horror trail
    20 june 2004 10:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare left Addis Ababa Sunday for a two-day tour of the strife-torn region of Darfur in western Sudan. Full text...

  • Konare to visit Sudan's Darfur Sunday
    19 june 2004 14:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African Union Commission chairperson Professor Alpha Oumar Konare begins a two-day visit to troubled Darfur region in western Sudan on Sunday. Full text...

  • West African commission endorses standing force
    19 june 2004 10:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission has approved the establishment of a standby force of 6,500 highly-trained and equipped soldiers that could be deployed rapidly in response to crisis or threat to peace and security in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Chissano urges Congolese to value international help
    18 june 2004 19:58:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Mozambican President and current African Union (AU) chairman Joachim Chissano on Friday in Kinshasa urged Congolese nationals to appreciate the role of international institutions helping to restore peace in their troubled country. Full text...

  • SADC to discuss role in AU peace missions
    18 june 2004 19:35:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Senior Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) military officers meet in South Africa from 21-22 June to assess the involvement of the grouping's police units in peacekeeping operations under the African Union (AU), official sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • Conflict resolution remains ECOWAS strong point
    18 june 2004 16:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The decision by some member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene in Liberia in 1990, though not with the blessing of all members, has changed the perception of the organisation within and outside the sub-region. Full text...

  • Moroccan minister sees new phase in Western Sahara conflict
    18 june 2004 07:46:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- In the wake of the latest developments, notably the resignation of James Baker, personal representative of UN secretary general Kofi Annan, Morocco's Land, Water and Environment minister Mohamed el Yazghi affirmed here that the conflict in the Western Sahara had entered a new phase. Full text...

  • Kadhafi will not attend AU summit in Addis Ababa
    17 june 2004 21:06:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi has said he would not attend the July African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, because the continental organisation was already on track and required no jolt start. Full text...

  • Envoy urges greater involvement of CEEAC in DR Congo crisis
    17 june 2004 15:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo ambassador to the Congo Republic, Esther Kirongozi, has urged the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) to get more involved in the search for solution to the crisis raging in her country. Full text...

  • Opposition nudges ANC to endorse MPs to AU parliament
    17 june 2004 15:06:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Thursday urged the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in parliament to respect the will of the opposition by endorsing its choice of parliamentarians for the Pan African Parliament (PAP). Full text...

  • Benin for Morocco's return to African Union
    16 june 2004 21:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's President Mathieu Kérékou has stressed the urgent need for Morocco's reintegration into the African family. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Chissano discuss AU process, African developments
    16 june 2004 15:15:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA - Libyan leader Moammar Kadha-fi and Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, current chairman of the African Union (AU) , are in Sirte (450 km east of Tripoli) holding discussions on the AU process, notably the steps undertaken in the establishment of its institutions and structures. Full text...

  • Konare says AU summit to review 4-year action plan
    16 june 2004 14:37:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The chairperson the African Union Commission (AU), Alpha Omar Konare has disclosed that the 6-8 July heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will deliberate on the commission's action plan covering the next four years. Full text...

  • Gender tops AU summit agenda
    16 june 2004 10:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- For the first time, gender is a top issue on the agenda of this year's summit of African Union (AU) leaders coming up here next month. Full text...

  • Gambian Minister urges support for ECOWAS integration programmes
    15 june 2004 17:46:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian Secretary of State (Minister) for Trade, Industry and Employment, Edward Singhateh, Tuesday called for greater support for ECOWAS integration process. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Chissano discuss Great Lakes situation
    14 june 2004 18:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi and his guest Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, the current African Union (AU) chairman on Monday in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, reviewed the progress reached in creating the continental body's structures and institutions. Full text...

  • Ugandan dancers convicted for wearing skimpy dress
    14 june 2004 11:51:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- A Ugandan court has sentenced ten dancers to three months in prison for appearing in skimpy wear before delegates of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) last week. Full text...

  • Beware of G8 moves, African expert tells AU leaders
    14 june 2004 11:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Unless Africa's leaders took a collective precaution, the African Union could be heading for a division in the wake of last week's G8 summit, warns an international development expert based here. Full text...

  • Speaker of PanAfrican Parliament meets Kadhafi
    13 june 2004 19:59:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • UN body praises AU for assisting Sudanese refugees
    13 june 2004 11:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has praised the African Union (AU) for its role in seeking a solution to the current crisis in western Sudan that has spewed thousands of refugees into Chad. Full text...

  • Africa deserves reparations from US for slavery - Mugabe
    08 june 2004 09:27:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- While appreciating recent trade developments between Africa and the United States through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Africa needed reparations from the richest country on earth for benefiting immensely from African slaves. Full text...

  • El Bashir welcomes AU intervention in western Sudan
    07 june 2004 15:59:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar El Bashir has thanked the Africa Union (AU) for its intervention in the armed conflict his country's western region of Darfur. Full text...

  • Reunion intensifies move to join COMESA
    07 june 2004 14:36:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- French overseas territory, Reunion, will officially seek admission to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which began its 9th summit Monday in Kampala, Uganda, official sources said in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • Sudan, AU sign agreement on war-torn Darfur
    04 june 2004 19:44:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan and the African Union (AU) on Friday signed an agreement here specifying the work, tasks and privileges of a cease-fire monitoring commission in the civil war-ravaged western region of Darfur where two rebel movements have revolted against Khartoum since February 2003. Full text...

  • Mbeki says market mechanism no solution to Africa's problems
    03 june 2004 17:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has rejected the suggestion that market mechanism alone could solve Africa's problems. Full text...

  • Luanda hosts Pan-African Youth Union committee meeting
    02 june 2004 23:24:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The first meeting of the Executive committee of the Pan-African Youth Union (PYU) opened here Wednesday to adopt a programme of activities, official sources told PANA in the Angolan capital. Full text...

  • Australian firm to mine oil in Mauritania
    01 june 2004 21:49:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian government has signed an agreement with the Australian company Woodside for the exploitation of the "Chinguitti" oil well, the firm reported on its internet. Full text...

  • Zuma off to Burundi for transfer of peacekeeping forces
    01 june 2004 15:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has left for Bujumbura to witness the ceremony for the transfer of African Union (AU) peacekeeping forces to UN mission in Burundi, the Foreign office said in Pretoria Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda chairs next AU conference on trade
    31 may 2004 19:08:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda was elected chair at the second conference of trade ministers, customs offices, and immigration services that here Friday in Kigali, succeeding Mauritius. Full text...

  • African Mission to Burundi gets praises
    31 may 2004 15:57:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commissioner for peace and security, Said Djinnit, has expressed satisfaction over the "overall positive" performance of the AU peacekeeping force in Burundi. Full text...

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