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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • African Union seeks solution to EPA deadlock
    12 july 2003 12:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union have emphasised the need for a speedy resumption of negotiations to end the deadlock in the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and ACP (African Caribbean Pacific) group of nations. Full text...

  • AU approves $43 million budget for 2004
    12 july 2003 12:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Assembly of heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) has approved the programme budget for 2004, fixed at 43 million dollars. Full text...

  • AU summit endorses NEPAD environment action plan
    12 july 2003 12:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Concerned about the rapid degradation of the African environment as a result of adverse global changes, the continent's leaders Saturday adopted the action plan of the environment initiative of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • AU to intensify cooperation with WTO
    12 july 2003 11:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African leaders Saturday called on the African Union (AU) member states and the European Union to intensify cooperation with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to help eradicate poverty and facilitate integration of African countries into the world economy. Full text...

  • AU summit calls for global forum to counter terrorism
    12 july 2003 11:30:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Reaffirming the commitment of the African Union (AU) to combat terrorism, African heads of state and government have proposed an international conference to draw up a code of conduct on counter-terrorism. Full text...

  • African leaders pledge to redouble efforts against HIV/AIDS
    12 july 2003 11:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African leaders meeting in Maputo on Saturday expressed deep concern at the continued spread of HIV/AIDS and pledged to redouble their efforts to fight the pandemic. Full text...

  • AU summit pushes creation of Peace and Security Council
    12 july 2003 11:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African leaders ended their summit here Saturday underscoring the urgency of the entry into force of the protocol establishing the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Nujoma foresees struggle for Africa's economic independence
    12 july 2003 11:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma has warned that Africa's struggle for economic development and eradication of poverty would be more difficult than the fight for political independence. Full text...

  • Trovoada explains withdrawal of AU bid
    12 july 2003 10:43:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- Former Sao Tome and Principe president Miguel Trovoada has been explaining reasons behind the withdrawal of his bid for the African Union (AU) Commission chairmanship at the ongoing summit of heads of state in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • Five women elected to AU Commission
    12 july 2003 09:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- In keeping with the gender equality concept adopted at the 2002 Durban summit of the African Union (AU) summit, the Executive Council of the AU Friday elected five women to serve as commissioners on the AU Commission. Full text...

  • Konare, right man at the right time for fledgling AU
    11 july 2003 23:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Following his election as chief executive of the African Union, pundits reckon Alpha Omar Konare has a formidable task taking the fledgling body to new heights. Full text...

  • Liberia a major issue at AU Summit
    11 july 2003 23:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The political crisis in Liberia remains a major issue at the African Union Summit in Maputo, even though the matter is not on the agenda and incumbent Liberian President Charles Taylor is not present. Full text...

  • Malians hail election Konare as AU Commission chairman
    11 july 2003 23:12:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malians have hailed the election Thursday in Maputo (Mozambique) of former president Alpha Oumar Konare as chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission. Full text...

  • AU, new phase in Africa's history - El Bashir
    11 july 2003 22:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Hassan El-Bashir affirmed here Friday that Africa has entered a new phase of its history with the launch of the African Union (AU) whose second summit of Heads of State and Government is holding in the Mozambican capital. Full text...

  • Journalists at the mercy of security forces in Maputo
    11 july 2003 22:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican authorities have imposed severe restrictions on the journalists covering the African Union summit that opened here Thursday, denying them access to information sources. Full text...

  • Chissano urges reflections on root causes of coups in Africa
    11 july 2003 22:09:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has appealed for reflections and research into the root causes of conflicts and military coups in Africa as well as ways to avert them. Full text...

  • Withdrawal of Essay's AU bid decided weeks before Maputo Summit
    11 july 2003 20:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The decision to withdraw the candidacy of Amara Essy was made by President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire at least three weeks prior to the second African Union (AU) summit, reliable sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Prodi says EU should do more to assist AU
    11 july 2003 19:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- European Commission President Romano Prodi said in Maputo that the Union should do more to assist the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Africa needs USD$3 billion yearly to fight killer diseases
    11 july 2003 17:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Africa requires at least three billion US dollars a year to successfully fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, African leaders meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, said. Full text...

  • Africa gets anti-torture Guidelines
    11 july 2003 16:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A government only institutionalises torture when "it is unable to respond to the people's aspirations," Mozambican Minister at the Presidency Francisco Madeira, has said in Maputo. Full text...

  • Malian dailies hail Konare's election as AU chair
    11 july 2003 15:53:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian papers Friday hailed the election of the country's former president Alpha Oumar Konare on Thursday as the first chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission at the ongoing summit of African leaders in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • African leaders back 2003 UNDP Human Development Report
    11 july 2003 14:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- More than 30 African heads of state and government meeting here Friday welcomed the 2003 Human Development Report of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), expressing appreciation for the role played in supporting the development efforts of Africa. Full text...

  • Sequence of elections of AU Commission chair, vice-chair
    11 july 2003 14:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Alpha Oumar Konare (Malian) and Patrick Mazimhaka (Rwandan), who were elected respectively Chairman and Vice Chairman of the African Union Commission, were not present at the Joachim Chissano International Conference Centre in Maputo during their elections on Thursday. Full text...

  • Malians elated by Konare's election, says Premier
    11 july 2003 13:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Prime Minister Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani has said the government and people of Mali share "immense joy" over the election of their former president Alpha Oumar Konare as chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission. Full text...

  • CAR foreign minister gatecrashes Maputo Summit
    11 july 2003 13:31:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Central African Republic (CAR) has gate-crashed the African Union Summit in Maputo, despite being barred because of the 15 March 2003 coup in that country, summit organisers confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ratifies AU parliament protocol
    11 july 2003 13:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has ratified an African Union (AU) protocol to establish the Pan-African Parliament, Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge said here Friday. Full text...

  • Prodi pledges aid, not continuous charity, to Africa
    11 july 2003 13:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- While trade and investment are powerful growth factors, development aid will continue to be a necessary tool to harness African efforts, European Commission President Romano Prodi has said at the African Union summit under way here. Full text...

  • UNHCR wants refugees covered in anti-AIDS strategies
    11 july 2003 12:55:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- "I have never had a husband in my life," one refugee woman forced to work as a prostitute to survive told researchers. Full text...

  • African leaders express disgust over Burundi fighting
    11 july 2003 12:13:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African heads of state and government meeting here have expressed serious concern over continued hostilities in Burundi. Full text...

  • AU leaders welcome transition govt in Kinshasa
    11 july 2003 11:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African leaders meeting here have welcomed the formation of a transition government in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) after being ravaged by three years of civil war. Full text...

  • Africa registers encouraging economic developments
    11 july 2003 11:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African leaders gathered here this week have focussed their discussions on the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • AU backs call for conference on anti-personnel mines
    11 july 2003 09:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union summit under way here has welcomed Angola's proposal to convene a continental conference on the problem of anti-personnel mines, and the Assembly immediately directed the Commission to facilitate the rapid organisation of that conference. Full text...

  • AU sticks to its guns on Bangui
    11 july 2003 09:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), in session here, has directed its Commission's chairperson to intensify the ongoing dialogue with the authorities of Central African Republic (CAR) in order to accelerate the return of constitutional legality in the country. Full text...

  • AU urges end of settler colonialism on Palestinian lands
    11 july 2003 08:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Settler colonialism in Palestinian territories must be immediately stopped and reversed, according to a decision taken at the second ordinary summit of the African Union underway here. Full text...

  • EU urges support for AU, NEPAD
    10 july 2003 21:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has called for the support of the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) as the second AU summit opened on Thursday in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • Foreign troops to ease Taylor's exit from Liberia - Obasanjo
    10 july 2003 19:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday said the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) needed to send a peacekeeping force quickly to Liberia to assist the departure of President Charles Taylor from power. Full text...

  • Rwanda lands vice-chairmanship of AU Commission
    10 july 2003 19:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Assembly of the heads of state and government of the African Union has elected Patrick Muzumaka, a Rwandan, to the post of vice-chairperson of the AU Commission. Full text...

  • VP regrets Kabila's absence from Maputo summit
    10 july 2003 18:35:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo vice president Azarias Ruberwa Manywa has expressed regret at the absence of President Joseph Kabila from the African Union (AU) summit that opened Thursday in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • Konare elected AU Commission Chairperson
    10 july 2003 17:44:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Assembly of the African Union (AU) Thursday elected former Malian President Alpha Omar Konare, the new Chairperson of the AU Commission. Full text...

  • PLO official denounces US policy in the Middle East
    10 july 2003 15:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The President of the Political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Farouk Kadoumi, has criticised the US policy in the Middle East, saying it had adversely affected peace and security around the world by fuelling conflicts and tension. Full text...

  • Major themes to be tabled at the Maputo Summit
    10 july 2003 14:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least six countries -- Senegal, Libya, Nigeria, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Uganda -- the first three of which have been in the vanguard of the African initiative, did not come to Maputo empty-handed. Full text...

  • African Union puts its stamp on corruption convention
    10 july 2003 14:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Corruption is often the first word which springs to mind when Africa is mentioned. Full text...

  • IMF accents prudent policies for economic growth in Africa
    10 july 2003 14:13:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African countries with prudent macroeconomic policies were attaining higher growth rates, Managing Director, Horst Kohler, of the International Monetary Fund, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Structural handicaps retard development in Africa
    10 july 2003 13:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Lack of progress in several African countries to join the circle of prosperity is not about lack of trying to put good institutions, policies and growth in place, says Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Full text...

  • Executive Council tables 41 recommendations for AU leaders
    10 july 2003 12:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union's Executive Council, which comprises African Foreign Ministers, at the end of a three-day meeting here, Wednesday tabled some 41 recommendations for endorsement by the Summit of Heads of State and Government now convening here. Full text...

  • UNDP wants urgent action on Millennium Development Goals
    10 july 2003 12:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme Thursday re-emphasised the urgency for the world to act "immediately and decisively" to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals are achieved by 2015. Full text...

  • 60 million Africans touched by AIDS, says UNAIDS chief
    10 july 2003 12:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Involving people living with HIV in the AIDS response, as well as the broadest possible coalition in society, would be the only way to succeed in turning back the epidemic, UNAIDS executive director Peter Piot said here Thursday. Full text...

  • AU welcomes Madagascar back into continental body
    10 july 2003 12:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The year-long impasse over Madagascar's barring from the African Union (AU) ended Thursday when it was officially re-admitted into the continental body. Full text...

  • Second AU Summit kicks off in Maputo with new Board
    10 july 2003 12:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The second summit of the African Union (AU) opened here Thursday with the renewal of the Board of the Commission that has steered the delicate transition phase from the defunct OAU for the past two years. Full text...

  • Annan hails AU leaders for NEPAD, seeks peace, democracy
    10 july 2003 11:38:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Thursday hailed continental leaders for creating the African Union (AU) to redefine Africa's destiny, rebuild a better life for its and enable the continent assume its full role and responsibility in global affairs. Full text...

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