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  • 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...

  • UEMOA Prime Ministers meet in Niamey
    28 november 2003 21:15:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Prime ministers of member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) met here Friday to discuss regional integration. Full text...

  • South Africa elects members to Pan-African Parliament
    27 november 2003 15:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has elected its five representatives to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), slated to hold its inaugural session early next year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Somali Bantus get to grips with haunted Tanzanian past
    22 november 2003 17:47:00
    Tanga- Tanzania (PANA) -- They may be scorned as sons and daughters of former slaves but they are not in the least slighted at their new settlement close to the coastal town of Tanga. Full text...

  • Chissano, Kadhafi discuss AU extra-ordinary Summit
    21 november 2003 11:39:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano and his host, Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi have held talks in Tripoli on continental issues including the planned February 2004 extra-ordinary Africna Union (AU) summit on water resources and food security, Mozambican national news agency, AIM reported Friday. Full text...

  • Compaore receives AU Commissioner
    18 november 2003 19:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore Tuesday received in audience, the African Union (AU) Commissioner on Social Affairs, Beance Grawahas, who is in Ouagadougou for an AU Committee meeting. Full text...

  • COMESA ministers discuss regional payment system
    17 november 2003 13:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Finance Ministers from the 20 Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states convened here Monday to discuss monetary integration policies to create a Payments and Settlement System (REPSS) for the regional economic block. Full text...

  • AU commission president sends message to Guinea
    14 november 2003 11:52:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean head of state Lansana Conte has received a message from the African Union commission President Alpha Oumar Konare, the national television reported in Conakry. Full text...

  • Benin to host integration workshop for journalists
    12 november 2003 10:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- African journalists are scheduled to attend a three-day workshop devoted to integration to be held in Cotonou, Benin from 12-14 February 2004. Full text...

  • Congo reintegrates over 6,000 ex-combatants
    11 november 2003 14:04:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 6,158 former Congolese militiamen have been resettled back into civilian life under the government's demobilisation and social and economic reintegration programme. Full text...

  • Airlines cut fares for Afro-Arab Trade Fair in Tanzania
    06 november 2003 08:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Five airlines -- Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Gulf Air and Emirates -- are offering concessional tickets for groups travelling for the 5-14 December Sixth Afro-Arab Trade Fair in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • AU Commission prepares four-year work plan
    05 november 2003 11:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission has begun a series of in-house brainstorming sessions, with the participation of some eminent African personalities, to work out a four-year programme of activities. Full text...

  • Airlines cut fares for Afro-Arab Trade Fair in Tanzania
    05 november 2003 08:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- At least 35 countries have confirmed their participation in the sixth Afro-Arab Trade Fair coming up next month in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania under the auspices of Afro-Arab cooperation. Full text...

  • Namibia lose 7-37 to Romania in rugby match
    31 october 2003 11:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Namibia continued with their losing streak at the Rugby World Cup in Australia, losing 7-37 to Romania in Thursday's match at York Park Stadium in Tasmania. Full text...

  • IGAD leader Museveni pledges to settle conflicts
    25 october 2003 17:24:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)'s new chair, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, has pledged to work for peace, stability and infrastructure development in the region. Full text...

  • Senegal ratifies AU Security Council protocol
    19 october 2003 11:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal has become the 19th African Union (AU) member state to deposit the instrument of ratification of the protocol relating to the establishment of the Peace and Security Council. Full text...

  • Kabila receives AU envoy
    17 october 2003 20:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo President Joseph Kabila has received in audience Martin Bongo, the special representative of the African Union (AU) to the country. Full text...

  • Sub-regional meeting on social dialogue ends in Bangui
    16 october 2003 23:41:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The second tripartite meeting on social dialogue within the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) ended here Thursday afternoon, under the chairmanship of Central African Republic Labour and Employment Minister Jacques Boti. Full text...

  • AU seeks to make Africa peaceful, secure
    16 october 2003 16:47:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Leonardo Simao, Mozambican Foreign Affairs and Co-operation Minister and Chair of the African Union (AU) Executive Council, said in New York Thursday that Africans were committed to making the continent peaceful to spur development. Full text...

  • AU plans summit on unemployment in Africa
    13 october 2003 19:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President and African Union current chair, Joaquim Chissano, said in Maputo Monday that the AU plans an extra-ordinary summit on unemployment in Africa. Full text...

  • AU urges ratification of peace protocol
    13 october 2003 15:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The African Union has sent envoys to several African countries that have not yet ratified the AU's peace and security council protocol, urging them to speed up the process, an AU official said on Monday here. Full text...

  • South Africa renews support for AU Commissioners
    08 october 2003 09:13:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has reiterated Pretoria's commitment to assist African Union (AU) Commissioners to build a strong continental organisation that would meet the challenges of the 21st century including poverty and under-development. Full text...

  • Zambia has higher trade with SADC compared to COMESA
    30 september 2003 20:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia recorded doing more trade with member countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), especially South Africa, in the first eight months of 2003, than with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) whose headquarters is located here, according to the Central Statistical Office. Full text...

  • West Africa gas project in crucial phase 3
    30 september 2003 12:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), a regional economic integration project, has entered a crucial third phase, an official of the Beninese mines, energy and water resources ministry has disclosed. Full text...

  • AU accents gender equity as new way of operation
    26 september 2003 13:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- While the African Union (AU) spearheads the promotion of gender equality on the continent, women's rights advocates have cautioned on the need for leaders to be clear in their conceptual understanding of gender mainstreaming. Full text...

  • AU Commission marks Pan-African Women's Day
    25 september 2003 10:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union's newly appointed Commissioner for Social Affairs, Bience Philomena Gawanas says the notion that men are inevitably heads of households is obsolete and should be changed. Full text...

  • Sudan, Niger discuss regional integration, conflicts
    21 september 2003 10:37:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Niger president Mamadou Tandja has ended a three-day official visit to Khartoum, where he and Sudanese President Omar El-Bechir discussed ways to enhance investment and trade links, as well as freedom of movement and capital between both countries. Full text...

  • OMVS maps out anti-floods plan for River Senegal
    19 september 2003 22:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The fourth extraordinary session of the ministerial council of the Organisation for the Development of the River Senegal (OMVS) held in Dakar on Friday has drawn up a plan of action to stop the river from flooding and damaging property along side it. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tackles Australia over Commonwealth Summit
    18 september 2003 21:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge Thursday took a swipe at Australian Prime Minister John Howard for insisting on the southern African country's continued suspension from the Commonwealth over alleged human rights abuses. Full text...

  • Three West African leaders visit Senegal Wednesday
    17 september 2003 11:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Presidents Pedro Pires of Cape Verde, Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Yahya Jammeh of Gambia are expected here Wednesday, according to an announcement from President Abdoulaye Wade's press office. Full text...

  • AU condemns coup d'etat in Guinea-Bissau
    15 september 2003 07:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The outgoing Interim Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Amara Essy has strongly condemned the overthrow of the government of Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • Chissano condemns Guinea-Bissau coup
    14 september 2003 16:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA - Mozambican President an-d current chair of the African Union (AU) Joaquim Chissano, has condemned Sunday's military coup that toppled President Kumba Yala in Guinea-Bissau, and called for the restoration of constitutional order in that country. Full text...

  • Zambia, Swiss company sign mining accord
    13 september 2003 11:55:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has signed a memorandum of understanding with JFull text...

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