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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • 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...

  • 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...

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