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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Burkina president receives envoys from Ghana, AU
    24 january 2005 23:57:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso received Monday in Ouagadougou the Ghanaian foreign minister, Akufo-Addo Nana, who delivered a message from President John Kufuor, and the President of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Alpha Oumar Konaré. Full text...

  • AU committee meets in Abuja ahead of summit
    24 january 2005 18:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), an expert and plenipotentiary meeting of the Africa Union (AU), began Monday in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, ahead of the 4th ordinary session of the assembly of AU. Full text...

  • Toyota reports dramatic increase in sales in Africa
    24 january 2005 11:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Toyota South Africa affirmed Monday that sales in Africa saw a growth of nearly 30 per cent, rising above 200,000 units for the first time. Full text...

  • Experts see East African market promoting regional exports
    22 january 2005 10:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The East African Customs Union starting this month and comprising Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania will enhance regional integration and greatly benefit the economies of all three countries, economists affirm. Full text...

  • AU envoy notes controversity in Burundi elections
    20 january 2005 23:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- African Union (AU) special envoy Mamadou Bah conceded here Thursday that it was difficult to rule on the controversy surrounding plans to conduct general elections in Burundi by direct universal suffrage. Full text...

  • African Peace Facility to support war-torn Somalia
    20 january 2005 10:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- War-devastated Somalia may benefit from the Africa Peace Facility in restructuring its state apparatus, according to sources at the African Union (AU) Commission here. Full text...

  • European Commission wants Tanzania out of SADC
    18 january 2005 17:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Tanzania's membership of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) trading bloc came under the scrutiny of the European Commission as talks aimed at enlarging a global free trade accord kicked-off. Full text...

  • AU military chief cautions against flop in Sudan
    18 january 2005 10:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A senior military official of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) has warned that it would be a tragedy for the mission to flop due to lack of facilities. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders still seeking direction to integration
    17 january 2005 20:04:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would be 30 this year, but the sub-region remains in search of integration. Full text...

  • Catholic bishops pledge to work for peace in Africa
    15 january 2005 16:11:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A delegation of the Burkina Faso-Niger Episcopal conference has pledged in Ouagadougou to work for the installation of a climate of peace and tolerance in Africa. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa gives AU plaudits over peace efforts
    14 january 2005 16:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa Friday praised the African Union (AU) for its initiatives to address conflict situations on the continent, saying these efforts will "greatly consolidate" the political and economic gains of the region. Full text...

  • Austria supports peace drive in Casamance
    13 january 2005 20:07:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- The Austrian ambassador to Senegal, Gerard Weimberger Thursday reaffirmed Austria's commitment to support the peace drive underway in the southern Senegalese region of Casamance as well as in the entire West African sub- region. Full text...

  • Libya decides to link policies with African Union
    13 january 2005 19:29:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Members of the Libyan People's Congress (highest legislative body) have commended the efforts being made by Colonel Moammar Kadhafi and other African leaders to accelerate the creation of political, economic, cultural and juridical institutions of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Ivorian politicians differ over AU resolution on referendum
    12 january 2005 22:32:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian politicians have made different interpretation of the resolution adopted Monday by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), which said referendum could be held to endorse the amendment made on article 35 of the Ivorian constitution on the eligibility of candidates for the presidency. Full text...

  • AU Commission chairman satisfied with PSC summit
    12 january 2005 11:53:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Alpha Oumar Konare, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, said Tuesday in Libreville that the first summit of the AU's Peace and Security Council (PSC) was a success. Full text...

  • South African truck sales soar
    12 january 2005 09:30:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African truck market is expected to grow by 10. Full text...

  • PSC urges DR Congo, Rwanda to establish diplomatic relations
    11 january 2005 11:11:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) called Monday evening in Libreville for the DR Congo and Rwanda to formally establish diplomatic relations, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • French envoy in Gabon wishes CPS summit success
    10 january 2005 23:58:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The ambassador of France in Gabon, Jean-Marc Simon Monday extended wishes of success to the two-day African Union Peace and Security Council summit convening in Libreville. Full text...

  • Gabon backs idea of humanitarian intervention in Africa
    10 january 2005 18:55:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon Monday re-launched the idea on the creating a humanitarian intervention mechanism within the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • AU peace council summit opens in Libreville
    10 january 2005 14:16:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The summit of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) opened here Monday with several African leaders participating in the maiden Heads of State meeting of the council. Full text...

  • AU PSC summit opens Monday in Libreville
    09 january 2005 20:25:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Members of the African Union Peace and Security Council, who began arriving here Sunday, will convene a two-day session here beginning Monday, official sources confirmed. Full text...

  • Konare, Kadhafi discuss next AU Summit
    06 january 2005 19:31:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi and African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Alpha Omar Konare held discussions here Wednesday on preparations for the next AU summit. Full text...

  • Gbagbo to miss AU summit in Libreville
    05 january 2005 21:40:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is to be represented by African Integration Minister Mel Eg Theodore, at the African Union (AU) special summit slated for 10 January in Libreville, Gabon, the State House said in Abidjan Wednesday. Full text...

  • Poor information flow hampering regional free market trade
    05 january 2005 15:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- East African manufacturers and business associations on Wednesday blamed the confusion characterising the implementation of the East African Customs Union -- a regional free market accord -- on the slow speed of information flow to the small scale traders. Full text...

  • Kenya expects gains from EAC free market concessions
    04 january 2005 14:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The hefty tax concessions to Uganda and Tanzania in the East Africa Community (EAC) Custom Union treaty would hopefully expand the taxation net across the region and cover the huge losses in tax revenues by Kenya, an official source said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Algerian foreign minister expresses optimism over UMA
    31 december 2004 20:45:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's foreign minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem has expressed optimism about the future of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), saying the unity of that part of the African continent represents a hope or future generations. Full text...

  • AU condoles with tsunami victims
    31 december 2004 10:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission Friday announced a contribution of 100,000 US dollars as its gesture of solidarity with the victims of last Sunday's tsunami disaster in southeast Asia and part of the Indian Ocean coast of Africa. Full text...

  • AU welcomes Casamance peace deal
    31 december 2004 09:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare has welcomed Thursday's peace agreement between the Government of Senegal and the rebel Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC). Full text...

  • AU hails progress in Sudan peace talks
    28 december 2004 09:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare has acknowledged progress in talks here, in which the Government of Sudan and separatist Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) appear set for a comprehensive peace agreement on 10 January. Full text...

  • Gambia to implement IST convention
    25 december 2004 20:03:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Gambian customs office has affirmed its commitment to the convention on Inter-State Transit (IST) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • CEN-SAD secretary general visits Morocco Saturday
    24 december 2004 07:25:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Community of Sahel- Saharan States (Cen-Sad), Mohamed Al Madani Al Azhari, begins a three-day official visit to Morocco Thursday at the invitation of the kingdom's minister of foreign affairs and co-operation, Mohamed Benaïssa. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD secretary general visits Morocco
    23 december 2004 23:15:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Community of Sahel and Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Mohamed Al Madani Al Azhari is due here next Saturday for a three-day official visit to Morocco, at the invitation of Foreign Affairs minister Mohamed Benaïssa. Full text...

  • EALA passes EAC customs union bill
    23 december 2004 15:03:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has passed a customs management bill meant to harmonise trade and customs of the East African Community (EAC). Full text...

  • OMVS Ministers meet in Nouakchott
    22 december 2004 18:11:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The 54th ministerial session of the Organisation for the Development of Senegal River, OMVS, underway in Nouakchott is discussing the organisation's action plans and budget proposals for 2005, delegates said in the Mauritanian capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • EAC signs free trade treaty despite Ugandan tariff hurdle
    18 december 2004 18:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The advances towards an East African Community (EAC) free trade area got its second biggest boost Friday with the unanimous passage of the Customs Union Management Bill, clearing the way for the free cross border entry of goods by January. Full text...

  • Lecturer faults delay in West African Integration
    18 december 2004 17:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The lack of political will on the part of governments "is one of the hindrances to sub-regional integration in West Africa," according to Prof. Full text...

  • Mauritania plays down Libya's withdrawal from AMU chair
    16 december 2004 10:55:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Libya's withdrawal from the chair of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) brings nothing new to the sub- regional organisation, Hamoud Ould Abdy, Mauritania's communication minister and government spokesman has said in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Fresh hostilities in DR Congo worry AU
    15 december 2004 22:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, on Wednesday expressed "serious concerns" over the fighting in Kanyabayonga, east of the DR Congo between dissident elements and the armed forces of the DR Congo sent to the area by the supreme defence council to reinforce the 8th military region. Full text...

  • Ivorian ex-rebels contemplate meeting with AU mediator
    15 december 2004 08:55:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The former Ivorian rebel coalition now called New Forces indicated plans Tuesday to meet President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa "as soon as possible" for further discussions on proposals they made when the African Union (AU) mediator met them here a week ago. Full text...

  • SADC meeting assesses regional defence cooperation
    13 december 2004 16:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Deputy Defence Minister, Henrique Banze, said in Maputo on Monday that the establishment of an African Rapid Reaction Force, ready to go into operation anywhere on the continent, is a challenge to the organisational capacity of the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Full text...

  • Kibaki nudges Kenyans to brace for open East African market
    12 december 2004 20:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the business community awaits the coming into force of the East African Customs Union Management Bill, currently before the regional assembly, President Mwai Kibaki has urged Kenyans to prepare goods and services for the wider market. Full text...

  • Ministers adopt UEMOA budget
    10 december 2004 21:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A ministerial meeting of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Commission has ended here, with the approval of the 2005 budget of 50. Full text...

  • AU optimistic as 4th session of Darfur talks opens
    10 december 2004 14:50:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Friday expressed optimism that the fourth session of the Darfur talks in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, would achieve greater success than previous sessions. Full text...

  • Tripoli hails results of Cuzco summit
    09 december 2004 23:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan government has expressed satisfaction with the birth Wednesday in Cuzco, Peru of the South American Community of Nations (SCN) grouping 12 countries. Full text...

  • Libya relinquishes chairmanship of Arab Maghreb Union
    08 december 2004 22:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya Wednesday relinquished the chairmanship of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), accusing some member States of violating the organisation's Charter, an official statement said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council remembers Yasser Arafat
    06 december 2004 17:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African foreign ministers meeting here as the Executive Council of the African Union Monday observed a minute of silence in tribute to the late Palestinian State leader Yasser Arafat. Full text...

  • Executive Council discusses AU's Solidarity Budget
    06 december 2004 17:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Executive Council late Monday started consideration of the Union's operational budget and work programme, which, diplomats say, is designed to address the challenges facing the continent at the outset of the 21st Century. Full text...

  • Museveni due in Zambia for COMESA anniversary
    06 december 2004 13:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected in Zambia Wednesday to take part in a round table discussion marking the 10th anniversary of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Full text...

  • Foreign ministers discuss AU budget for 2005
    06 december 2004 08:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday ahead of the African Union's Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council of Foreign Ministers scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, an official source said here. Full text...

  • Economists back East African unity bid
    04 december 2004 20:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A leading economist said here Saturday that the proposed East African Community (EAC) Political Federation and the implementation of the Customs Union Protocol will enlarge the regional market and promote trade by removing barriers. Full text...

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