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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • CEN-SAD chair nudges member states to pay contributions
    01 june 2005 18:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure, who is also chair of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), has appealed to member states to pay their financial contributions to the organisation. Full text...

  • Compaore for reinforcing CEN-SAD unity of action
    01 june 2005 15:37:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore urged fellow leaders as well as people of the Sahel-Saharan States Community (CEN-SAD) to cultivate and reinforce their unity of action in order to build a prosperous, politically stable and economically viable Africa. Full text...

  • Rwanda needs private sector strategy to join EAC
    01 june 2005 15:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Rwanda, an East African Community (EAC) aspiring member state, must clean up its domestic economy and inject the participation of private enterprise to justify its admission to the fast growing trading bloc by November, said a senior EAC official. Full text...

  • Kibaki drums up support for wider regional trade
    01 june 2005 14:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki led Kenyans to mark the 42nd anniversary of the country's self-government known as Madaraka Day by urging fellow citizens to rally behind regional integration and brace for expanded trade opportunities within the larger market. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD leaders arrive in Ouagadougou for summit
    31 may 2005 23:26:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Seven heads of state and one vice-president on Tuesday evening arrived at the Ouagadougou international airport to attend the 7th summit of the Community of Sahel and Saharan States scheduled 1-2 June. Full text...

  • Chalgham consults vice-chair of AU Commission
    31 may 2005 23:10:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary of the Libyan people's committee for external relations and international cooperation, Abderrahman Chalgham, on Tuesday held talks with the Vice- chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Patrick Mazimaka, concerning the AU summit scheduled July in Sirte. Full text...

  • New Togolese leader to attend CEN-SAD Ouagadougou summit
    31 may 2005 14:59:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Newly-elected Togolese president Faure Gnassingbe leaves here Tuesday to attend the 7th summit of heads of state of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) slated to convene Wednesday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Pledging conference raises US$292 million for AMIS
    31 may 2005 10:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Partners of the African Union (AU) have pledged some 291. Full text...

  • Kagame sues for honest trade in Comesa area
    30 may 2005 23:36:00
    Rwanda- Kigali (PANA) -- Rwandan president Paul Kagame on Monday urged economic entrepreneurs in the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA) to perform with honesty in the new economic cooperation framework through the introduction of new tariffs. Full text...

  • Kadhafi arrives in Niamey, Ouaga next
    28 may 2005 19:06:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Moammar Kadhafi, arrived in Niamey on a two-day working visit to Niger on Saturday, official sources said. Full text...

  • Tandja sues for peace in West Africa
    28 may 2005 14:45:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), chairman, President Mamadou Tandja of Niger, has called on community citizens to rededicate themselves to the ideals of the 15-nation grouping and rid the sub-region of conflicts. Full text...

  • Reunion to attend COMESA summit
    27 may 2005 23:00:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion will attend the next summit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) set for 2-3 June in Kigali, the Rwandan capital. Full text...

  • African integration on CEN-SAD summit agenda
    27 may 2005 21:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The seventh summit of leaders of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) is slated here from 1 to 2 June, featuring for the first time a theme on its place and role in African integration. Full text...

  • Libyan, Malian leaders discuss AU summit
    25 may 2005 18:08:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Colonel Mouamar Kadhafi and and the visiting Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali on Wednesday afternoon discussed ongoing preparations for the forthcoming African Union (AU) summit scheduled at Sirte in July. Full text...

  • ECOWAS kick-starts 30th anniversary celebration
    24 may 2005 23:35:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Activities marking the 30th anniversary of the sub-regional group ECOWAS formally commenced in Abuja on Tuesday with a press conference addressed by ECOWAS Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. Full text...

  • Niger house passes bill promoting Pan-Africanism
    24 may 2005 18:27:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Niger Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill authorising the ratification of the African Convention on the Development of Technical Cooperation programme signed in Kampala, Uganda, 30 years ago. Full text...

  • UMA ministers examine reform projects
    23 may 2005 22:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The UMA council of foreign ministers has reached a provisional agreement on the reforms concerning the sub-regional grouping, Libyan foreign minister Abderrahman Chalgham said on Monday in Tripoli, the country's capital. Full text...

  • King Mohammed withdraws from UMA summit
    23 may 2005 20:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI will not participate in the UMA (Arab Maghreb Union) summit to be held in Libya from 25 to 26 May due to as statement that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made on the contentious issue of Western Sahara. Full text...

  • Cameroon hosts United States of Africa meeting
    23 may 2005 20:29:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Representatives of 40 African civil societies began a five-day meeting here to prepare a draft constitution for a United States of Africa. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau presidential candidates urged to eschew inciting statements
    22 may 2005 18:39:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Three West African leaders - Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Niger's Mamadou Tandja, Sunday urged candidates in Guinea Bissau's 19 June presidential election to avoid comments that could undermine the electoral process in that country. Full text...

  • Brazil hails Kadhafi over formation of African Union
    21 may 2005 20:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil has commended the vanguard role played by Libyan leader, Moammar Kadhafi, in the foundation and launching of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Malian leader discuss AU, CEN-SAD
    21 may 2005 18:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Moammar Kadhafi and President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali, also chairman of the Community of Sahel and Saharan States (CEN-SAD) have held a telephone conversation concerning support for the community, which is also a pillar for the African Union. Full text...

  • Ghana prepares for Africa Day on 25 May
    20 may 2005 07:36:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana on Friday reaffirmed her support and commitment to the ideals of the African Union, saying Accra would continue to cooperate with other AU members to realise the organisation's ideals. Full text...

  • IFEX wants press freedom in Africa peer review mechanism
    19 may 2005 19:37:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) has urged the African Union (AU) to adopt a treaty on the right to free expression in Africa, saying the continental body needed to formally recognize the role of the media in promoting good governance. Full text...

  • EAC unveil employment, poverty alleviation plan
    19 may 2005 11:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The East African Community (EAC) on Thursday unveiled an ambitious action programme meant to promote employment and poverty alleviation in the East African region. Full text...

  • Gabon praises Kadhafi for peace efforts in Africa
    17 may 2005 20:38:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary for African Union affairs in the Libyan foreign and co-operation ministry, Dr Ali Triki, held discussions here Tuesday with the Gabonese deputy Prime Minister, Emmanuel Ondo Methogo. Full text...

  • Museveni to hand over COMESA chair to Kagame
    17 may 2005 11:14:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni's term as chair of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) will expire at the end of May. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Afeworki examine AU summit agenda
    17 may 2005 09:42:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi and his Eritrean counterpart Assaias Afeworki on Monday examined issues on the agenda of the African Union summit slated for July in Sirte, Libya. Full text...

  • Mauritania seeks to accelerate AMU integration
    15 may 2005 16:24:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Pulling the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) from its current impasse will be the main objective of Mauritanian president Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya during the forthcoming AMU summit in Tripoli, Libya, officials revealed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Withdrawal of official vehicles irreversible, says Mozambican Minister
    13 may 2005 22:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Minister of State Administration, Lucas Chomera, said here Friday that government's controversial decision to withdraw vehicles and other perks granted senior officials was irreversible. Full text...

  • Rwanda to host COMESA summit in June
    13 may 2005 12:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Rwandan capital, Kigali will host a summit of the Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) on 2-3 June to discuss ways of enhancing regional and the implementation of the area's Customs Union treaty. Full text...

  • UN pats AU on peacekeeping role in Darfur
    13 may 2005 10:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations Security Council has applauded the African Union (AU) for its peacemaking leadership role in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. Full text...

  • AU seeks exemptions on arms embargo against Somalia
    12 may 2005 15:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has said the United Nations Security Council should be requested to provide exemptions in the arms embargo against war-ravished Somalia. Full text...

  • AU urges action to save peace efforts in Somalia
    12 may 2005 15:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Unless the international community acts decisively to sustain the gains of the reconciliation process in Somalia, there is a risk of wasting the efforts made so far, the African Union (AU) warns in a report released here Thursday. Full text...

  • SA Foreign minister off to AU meeting on UN reform
    12 may 2005 14:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has left the country for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the African Union Committee of 10 Foreign Ministers meeting Friday on reform of the United Nations, a foreign ministry official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ben Ali commends Kadhafi's efforts to revive UMA
    10 may 2005 21:45:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has commended Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi for his efforts to revive the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) of which he chairs, Libyan officials said Tuesday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Several African MPs arrive in Nouakchott
    10 may 2005 21:34:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Advanced delegations of MPs arrived Tuesday in Nouakchott, where they will attend the 13th session of African parliaments to be held on Thursday and Friday here. Full text...

  • River Gambia power projects cost 18 billion CFA
    10 may 2005 18:07:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Energy development projects under the Organisation for the Development of the Gambia River (OMVG) would be realised at an estimated cost of 18 billion francs CFA, Guinean Premier Sello Dalin Diallo disclosed here. Full text...

  • AU team to observe Ethiopian legislative polls
    10 may 2005 12:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A 30-member multidisciplinary team of the African Union (AU) will observe Ethiopia's legislative elections on 15 May 2005, the AU Commission announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Konare laments gloomy situation in Africa
    09 may 2005 13:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare has warned that Africa will be unable to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) judging from adverse conditions facing countries on the content. Full text...

  • Cape Verde plans to seek EU membership
    07 may 2005 17:33:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves has said Cape Verde would this year formally apply to join the European Union. Full text...

  • Wade nudges African oil producers to ponder why Arabs are rich
    07 may 2005 14:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye of Senegal Saturday urged African oil producing countries to seek to know why Middle Eastern countries are "rich" from oil revenue, while they remained "poor". Full text...

  • Wade deplores the invisible benefits of Africa's debt
    07 may 2005 13:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Saturday openly wondered what and where were the benefits of the high debt burden of African countries that has stifled the continent's growth and development. Full text...

  • African experts push for more domestic funding of MDGs
    06 may 2005 21:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African countries need to pay "greater attention" to the mobilisation of domestic resources to finance the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), experts from government institutions recommended here Friday. Full text...

  • Senegalese economist terms HIPC as ineffective
    06 may 2005 21:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A Senegalese economist, Moustapha Kassé has described the Highly Indebted Poor Countries initiative (HIPC) supposed to reduce $12. Full text...

  • African experts want audit of continent's external debt
    06 may 2005 20:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Experts from African governmental institutions Friday recommended an audit to profile the continent's debt, reflecting its volume, origin and terms under which creditors provided the loans, as a prelude to a comprehensive justification for debt cancellation. Full text...

  • External debt 'legacy of colonisation' - African civil society
    06 may 2005 20:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Civil society organisations from across Africa have described the continent's external debt as "partially a legacy of colonisation," and called for an "unconditional" cancellation of the debt stock of all low-income countries. Full text...

  • Gambia hosts West African monetary zone summit
    06 may 2005 12:42:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Leaders from five nations of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) are expected to converge in Banjul on Friday to attend a summit of the zone seeking to establish a common currency for the region. Full text...

  • AU searches alternatives to fund Mission, Vision plan
    04 may 2005 18:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Union Commission faces a shortfall in funding to implement its Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan for 2004-2007, compelling the continental body to seek alternative sources of funding, AU commissioner for economic affairs, Dr Maxwell Mwezalamba, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU official justifies need for common position on debt
    04 may 2005 18:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The failure of past solutions prescribed to address Africa's huge external debt has prompted the African Union to seek a "common position" on how to rid the continent of this crippling problem, a senior official said here Wednesday. Full text...

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