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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Rights bodies in Africa push for media freedom
    02 july 2004 11:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation comprising media and other organizations have petitioned the African Union (AU) Commission calling for the urgent establishment of a legal and institutional framework to safeguard a conducive media environment in Africa. Full text...

  • Media, human rights bodies demand action on Darfur
    02 july 2004 11:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU), international organizations and the media must speak out against the situation in Sudan's restive Darfur region, a delegation of organisations advocating rights and freedom of expression demanded here Friday. Full text...

  • Africa needs political commitment to boost farm output
    02 july 2004 09:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Farming could be a vital heart of African business and food security only if the continent's leaders demonstrated political commitment to the industry, according to a senior official of the African Union (AU) Commission. Full text...

  • American academic calls for United States of Africa
    01 july 2004 21:54:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- An American professor, Joy Gleason Carew, on Thursday in Washington strongly called for the creation of the United States of Africa, saying this was the only way to make the African continent's weight felt in international relations. Full text...

  • Plan to convene special AU ministerial session
    01 july 2004 17:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A special ministerial session grouping foreign ministers and their counterparts in charge of planning and finance has been planned to be held in three months. Full text...

  • Liberia roots for a stronger AU security body
    01 july 2004 15:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Smarting from the ravages of a long civil war and political turbulence Liberia, a beneficiary of a disarmament programme under the UN Security Council, has urged the African Union member countries to ensure that the AU Peace and Security Council fulfils its mandate without any hindrances. Full text...

  • Nouakchott hosts CILSS extraordinary meeting
    01 july 2004 12:21:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- An extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) is underway here. Full text...

  • AU Commission receives PANA Board Chairman
    30 june 2004 23:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Communication is an essential tool in the fight for integration, and it should be used along with all available means to portray the image of Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare reiterated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • African ministers remember Sierra Leone crash victims
    30 june 2004 22:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 5th ordinary ministerial session of the African Union, which opened Wednesday in Addis Ababa, observed a minute of silence in remembrance of the 25 military and UN employees killed after their helicopter crashed Tuesday in Eastern Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Africa is back, declares AU's Alpha Konaré
    30 june 2004 21:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African continent is back on the international scene with new ambitions contained in the "Agenda for Africa", a real road map for the Pan-African organisation in the coming years, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konaré, declared here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal pleads for Morocco's AU membership
    30 june 2004 19:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal Has pleaded for Morocco's return to the African Union (AU), affirming that a majority of African leaders shared this position. Full text...

  • ECA boss praises AU commission's strategic plan
    30 june 2004 18:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The new strategic plan of the Commission of the African Union for the year 2004-7 offered a comprehensive roadmap to achieve a collective vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, UN under-secretary general and executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Yeboah Amoako, said Wednesday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • AU Commission aims at new work culture
    30 june 2004 17:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African foreign ministers forming the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) Wednesday began their fifth ordinary session here to gear up the Union's newly unveiled plan for tackling the continent's complex and multiple challenges. Full text...

  • AU to support Sudan's efforts in Darfur
    30 june 2004 16:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The fifth ordinary session of the executive council of the African Union (AU) started Wednesday in Addis Ababa, with the AU Commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare declaring that the continental body would support all the efforts made by the Sudanese government to resolve the conflict currently raging in its western region of Darfur. Full text...

  • Obasanjo urges Libyan leader to attend AU summit
    29 june 2004 20:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Visiting Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday stressed the need for the Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi to attend this year's annual summit of the African Union scheduled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia early July. Full text...

  • African women's declaration due Tuesday
    29 june 2004 17:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The consultative meeting on gender co-organised by the African Union (AU) and Femmes Africa Solidarity, an NGO, is expected to adopt Tuesday in Addis Ababa a declaration to be submitted to African leaders during their AU summit slated for 6-8 July in the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Gender issue put at the fore of AU summit
    29 june 2004 15:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- When African leaders meet here next week, the first item for discussion will be the gender issue and how their governments have been handling it in their national development programmes. Full text...

  • Africa faces first test in earnest
    29 june 2004 12:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Five years after Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi embarked on moves to revamp the regional body, and three years following the creation of the African Union (AU) in Durban, South Africa, the continent is set to face its first real test during the next two weeks, observers note here. Full text...

  • Africa is not poor, needs management
    29 june 2004 09:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The annual budget of most African governments includes an element of external financing, but much as their nationals appreciate donor funding of development projects, they are fed up with reports about Finance ministers who globetrot with a begging bowl that eventually inflates the economy. Full text...

  • Konare: Poverty in Africa is threat to world peace
    28 june 2004 21:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Chairman of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare Monday warned that the African continent could eventually be a threat to world peace if nothing is done to reverse the trend of abject poverty that could force African communities "to resort to violence". Full text...

  • Africa still thirsty despite huge water resources
    28 june 2004 19:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Africa does not lack water but it paradoxically is the part of the globe that suffers most from the low water coverage, a situation compounded by serious problems of sanitation that expose the populations to major health risks. Full text...

  • AU Commission chair asks for US$600 million annual budget
    28 june 2004 17:14:00
    Addis Ababa (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chair, Alpha Oumar Konare Monday asked for an annual budget of 600 million US dollars, with which to run the Union's institutions and implement various projects under the 2004/2007 action plan. Full text...

  • African private sector supports AU commssion's vision
    28 june 2004 14:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A strong public-private partnership is key to achieving rapid and sustainable development in Africa and thereby reverse the continent's marginalisation in the global economy, said leading businesspersons at a forum just ended in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • South Africa to chair African Peace, Security Council
    28 june 2004 14:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa will assume the chair of the African Peace and Security Council for the month of July, the Department of Foreign Affairs said in Pretoria Monday. Full text...

  • Konare unveils business programme
    28 june 2004 11:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union's short term actions for businessmen and investors is going through the effective implementation of the principle of free movement of people and properties, the harmonisation of business law and the diligent installation of the Court of Justice as planned in the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), Alpha Oumar Konare has said here. Full text...

  • Civil society forum urges speedy launch of ECOSOCC
    28 june 2004 07:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Civil society organisations (CSOs) have urged the Executive Council and the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to approve the statutes of the Union's Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) at their forthcoming annual sessions starting here this week. Full text...

  • Kenyan VP for speedy East African integration
    27 june 2004 11:13:00
    Nanyuki- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori Sunday urged members of the East Africa Legislative Assembly to disregard narrow parochial interests in a bid to accelerate the sub-region's integration. Full text...

  • African environment experts meet in Libya
    27 june 2004 10:44:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- African environmental and agricultural experts and specialists are to wind-up a two-day meeting in Sirte Sunday to prepare for the 10th conference of Environment Ministers of the African Union (AU) scheduled in the Libyan city 450-km east of here from 29-30 June. Full text...

  • Konare calls for new Africa
    26 june 2004 13:14:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Alpha Omar Konare Saturday in Addis Ababa called for the building of new Africa, saying the situation on the continent had not improved after about 50 years of independence. Full text...

  • Africa is a potential world power, says Konare
    26 june 2004 09:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Given good health and better education for its people, Africa could become a world power, the African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare said in Addis Ababa Saturday. Full text...

  • AU, Africa's most ambitious political programme
    25 june 2004 23:27:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The advent of the African Union (AU), this phoenix, which rises from the ashes of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) at its 38th summit in July 2002 in Durban, South Africa has been the continent's most ambitious political programme since the 60s. Full text...

  • AU experts to assess Sudan's post-conflict needs
    25 june 2004 15:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A high-level team of experts from the African Union (AU) is currently in Sudan making a preliminary assessment of the country's post-conflict requirements, it was announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Africa Union Radio goes on air 4th July in Addis
    25 june 2004 14:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union will on 4 July come on the continent's airwaves by launching its first radio broadcast from its headquarters in Addis Ababa, the AU Commission announced Friday. Full text...

  • Zambia pursues IMF-imposed austerity measures
    25 june 2004 10:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government plans to retrench more than 2,000 workers before the end of the year as part of civil service reforms begun under the IMF austerity programme during the regime of former president Frederick Chiluba. Full text...

  • Terrorists should take no chance in Africa
    25 june 2004 09:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African leaders assembling here next month will endorse a sharpened protocol intended to beat the increasing threat of international terrorism on the security and socio-economic development of the continent. Full text...

  • Mali ratifies AU Convention on corruption
    24 june 2004 13:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian cabinet has ratified the draft documents on the ratification of the African Union's Convention to combat corruption, adopted by the AU leaders at their second ordinary summit on 11 July 2003 in Maputo, an official said here. Full text...

  • Pretoria renews interest to host AU Parliament
    24 june 2004 12:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- After reiterating its offer to host the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the South African government has set up an inter-ministerial committee to strengthen Pretoria's efforts to win the hosting bid. Full text...

  • AU representatives committee starts session
    23 june 2004 09:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union Wednesday began its eighth ordinary session here to pave the way for the third ordinary summit of the AU due to be held 6-8 July in the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • US funds for beefing up security in Africa
    20 june 2004 14:09:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- The US will disburse about 80 million US dollars to support the African Union's security initiatives for the continent, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Charles Snyder, has said in Washington, DC. Full text...

  • Konare on the Darfur horror trail
    20 june 2004 10:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare left Addis Ababa Sunday for a two-day tour of the strife-torn region of Darfur in western Sudan. Full text...

  • Konare to visit Sudan's Darfur Sunday
    19 june 2004 14:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African Union Commission chairperson Professor Alpha Oumar Konare begins a two-day visit to troubled Darfur region in western Sudan on Sunday. Full text...

  • West African commission endorses standing force
    19 june 2004 10:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission has approved the establishment of a standby force of 6,500 highly-trained and equipped soldiers that could be deployed rapidly in response to crisis or threat to peace and security in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Chissano urges Congolese to value international help
    18 june 2004 19:58:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Mozambican President and current African Union (AU) chairman Joachim Chissano on Friday in Kinshasa urged Congolese nationals to appreciate the role of international institutions helping to restore peace in their troubled country. Full text...

  • SADC to discuss role in AU peace missions
    18 june 2004 19:35:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Senior Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) military officers meet in South Africa from 21-22 June to assess the involvement of the grouping's police units in peacekeeping operations under the African Union (AU), official sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • Conflict resolution remains ECOWAS strong point
    18 june 2004 16:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The decision by some member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene in Liberia in 1990, though not with the blessing of all members, has changed the perception of the organisation within and outside the sub-region. Full text...

  • Moroccan minister sees new phase in Western Sahara conflict
    18 june 2004 07:46:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- In the wake of the latest developments, notably the resignation of James Baker, personal representative of UN secretary general Kofi Annan, Morocco's Land, Water and Environment minister Mohamed el Yazghi affirmed here that the conflict in the Western Sahara had entered a new phase. Full text...

  • Kadhafi will not attend AU summit in Addis Ababa
    17 june 2004 21:06:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi has said he would not attend the July African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, because the continental organisation was already on track and required no jolt start. Full text...

  • Envoy urges greater involvement of CEEAC in DR Congo crisis
    17 june 2004 15:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo ambassador to the Congo Republic, Esther Kirongozi, has urged the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) to get more involved in the search for solution to the crisis raging in her country. Full text...

  • Opposition nudges ANC to endorse MPs to AU parliament
    17 june 2004 15:06:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Thursday urged the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in parliament to respect the will of the opposition by endorsing its choice of parliamentarians for the Pan African Parliament (PAP). Full text...

  • Benin for Morocco's return to African Union
    16 june 2004 21:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's President Mathieu Kérékou has stressed the urgent need for Morocco's reintegration into the African family. Full text...

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