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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • Report accents political will for East African integration
    30 april 2003 09:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Liberalisation of trade regimes of East Africa has been slower than would be desirable for faster development of the region, according to findings of a pilot study conducted in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Full text...

  • UN appeals for $85m to aid Cote d'Ivoire, neighbours
    29 april 2003 22:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The UN humanitarian system on Tuesday in Abidjan appealed to the international community for funds worth 85 million US dollars to be used for supplying emergency aid to people affected by the war in Cote d'Ivoire and in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Interim AU Commission Chairman Amara Essy in Tripoli
    25 april 2003 23:09:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- African Union Commission interim Chairman Amara Essy arrived here Friday to begin a working visit with Libya authorities. Full text...

  • AU Peace Council may be launched at Maputo Summit
    25 april 2003 19:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- An African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council may be created during the AU July Summit in Maputo, the Mozambican Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao has said. Full text...

  • Ben Ali, Essy discuss progress at AU
    25 april 2003 11:38:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian head of state Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and interim African Union (AU) Commission chair Amara Essy held discussions here Thursday on progress towards setting up institutions of the pan-African body. Full text...

  • Conference to integrate women in AU, NEPAD opens in Dakar
    24 april 2003 23:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A conference to draw up strategies on women's inclusion within the structures of the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) kicked off Thursday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Mozambique wants public sector involved in AU Summit
    24 april 2003 20:50:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government Thursday expressed its desire to involve the country's private sector in the African Union (AU) Summit scheduled for Maputo in July. Full text...

  • African health ministers meet in Tripoli Saturday
    24 april 2003 15:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The first African Union (AU) conference of African Health ministers on the theme: "Investing in health of Africa's socio-economic development" begins in the Libyan capital Tripoli Saturday. Full text...

  • ACHPR plans 33rd ordinary session for May in Niamey
    23 april 2003 20:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Commission of Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) will hold its 33rd session in Niamey, Niger, 15-29 May 2003 to examine the initial reports on DR Congo and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), official sources disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU observers commend conduct of Nigerian polls
    22 april 2003 19:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) observer group said Tuesday that last Saturday's presidential and governorship elections in Nigeria were conducted in "a congenial atmosphere that offered the citizens the opportunity to strengthen the democratic process and good governance". Full text...

  • AU offers Eritrea $200,000 in drought relief
    22 april 2003 15:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Commission of the African Union (AU) has granted drought-stricken Eritrea US$200,000 in assistance to ease the ravages of famine. Full text...

  • Peugeot launches 5 million rand training centre in Johannesburg
    22 april 2003 15:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Peugeot has launched a 5 million rand technical training centre in Johannesburg, which the French automobile outfit intends to make the hub of its drive to extend technical and service expertise across southern Africa. Full text...

  • AU representative in Comoros dies
    22 april 2003 08:17:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The head of the African Union (AU) liaison office in the Comoros, Mahamane Oumarou Sanda from Niger, died on Monday in South Africa where he had been receiving treatment, an official source in Moroni said. Full text...

  • Audit of State Oil Company dominates Brazzaville press
    19 april 2003 20:32:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The postponed audit of Congo-Brazzaville's National Petroleum Corporation (SNPC) books, which threatens the accord between the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), dominated local newspapers this week. Full text...

  • Dakar to host meeting on gender within African Union
    18 april 2003 14:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A three-day meeting opens here next Thursday to plan strategies of raising women's participation in the structures of the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • AU consults regional leaders on situation in Bangui
    18 april 2003 07:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The interim chair of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Amara Essy, on Friday dispatched his special envoy, Sadok Fayala, to hold consultations with the leaders of Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Chad and the new strongman in Bangui, Gen. Full text...

  • East African ministers to focus on roads funding
    17 april 2003 12:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A ministerial East African Community (EAC) meeting takes place in Arusha, Tanzania later this month to discuss ways of raising funds to upgrade the sub-region's deteriorating roads. Full text...

  • Mozambique ratifies protocol on African Parliament
    16 april 2003 18:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican parliament Wednesday ratified the protocol on the Pan-African Parliament. Full text...

  • UEMOA inter-parliamentary committee seeks total integration
    16 april 2003 16:59:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Newly elected West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Inter-parliamentary Committee (CIP) chair Mahamane Ousmane of Niger has urged the eight-nation grouping to strive for total integration. Full text...

  • Niger's parliament speaker to head regional committee
    15 april 2003 22:47:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Niger's parliament speaker Mahamane Ousmane has been appointed as the head of the Inter-Parliamentary Committee (IPC) of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) at the end of the 11th ordinary session of the institution in Bamako, the Malian capital. Full text...

  • AU Labour Ministers end meeting
    15 april 2003 21:28:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Foreign Minister Anil Gayan warned Tuesday that Africa could be ignored in the face of international attention now focused on rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq. Full text...

  • AU Labour Ministers meet in Mauritius
    14 april 2003 21:14:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Premier Sir Anerood Jugnauth Monday commended what he called a new dynamism emerging out of Africa to replace the pessimism of the past. Full text...

  • AU Labour and Social Affairs Commission meets in Mauritius
    10 april 2003 13:24:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The first session of the Labour and Social Affairs Commission (LSAC) of the African Union opened Thursday in the northern Mauritius locality of Grand-Baie with LSAC deputy commissioner Mahamat Habib Doutoum attending alongside some 150 delegates. Full text...

  • Nigeria seeks cooperation to quicken ECOWAS integration
    10 april 2003 11:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ministers from Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire met here Wednesday in separate instances and stressed the need to quicken the pace of integration within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • African Union condemns massacre in north-eastern Congo
    09 april 2003 23:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African Union Commission's interim chair Amara Essy has strongly condemned the massacre of more than 1,000 civilians in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Bunia region six days ago. Full text...

  • AU Labour and Social Affairs Commission meets in Mauritius
    09 april 2003 13:58:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Labour and Social Affairs Commission of the African Union (AU) is scheduled to hold its first meeting in the northern Mauritius locality of Grand-Baie from 10 to 15 April, sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU to adopt a single electoral guide
    08 april 2003 15:53:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) plans to adopt a single electoral guide in line with Africa's socio-political conditions and experiences, a senior AU official has said. Full text...

  • AU hails Sun City peace deal on DR Congo
    05 april 2003 14:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Interim African Union (AU) Commission chairman Amara Essy has welcomed the conclusion at length, of the protracted inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City, South Africa. Full text...

  • AU chief welcomes next round of Sudanese peace talks
    04 april 2003 18:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Interim Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Amara Essy, Friday welcomed the resumption of peace talks between the Khartoum government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). Full text...

  • EU extends 12 million euro support to AU peace agenda
    03 april 2003 14:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement under which the latter will provide 12 million euro to support Africa's peace and security agenda. Full text...

  • New OCEAC boss assumes duties in Yaounde
    02 april 2003 23:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The new secretary general of the Co-ordination Organisation for the Fight Against Endemics in Central Africa (OCEAC), Congolese national Jean-Jacques Moka, on Wednesday took over his duties at the organisation's headquarters in Yaounde in Cameroon. Full text...

  • AU approves peacekeeping force for Burundi
    02 april 2003 19:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Wednesday mandated the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in Burundi for an initial period of one year. Full text...

  • AU military observers in 4 Burundi provinces
    02 april 2003 16:46:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- African Union (AU) military observer teams have been deployed in four provinces in Burundi, the Union's Special Representative to Burundi Mamadou Bah disclosed Wednesday. Full text...

  • African ministers demand respect for human rights in Iraq
    31 march 2003 08:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa has re-emphasised its grave concern over the violations of human rights as a result of the raging war in Iraq. Full text...

  • African Union protocol casts light on women's rights
    29 march 2003 10:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- When 18-year-old Momina Abdul Kadir turned down the advances of a young man living in her neighbourhood, she had no idea of the ordeal that was unfolding. Full text...

  • AU to enlist elder statesmen in the search for peace
    28 march 2003 12:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) plans to integrate respected elder statesmen in the resolution of conflicts on the continent, interim commission chairman Amara Essy indicated Friday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Africa's regional groups call for information exchange
    27 march 2003 16:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Experts from Africa's Regional Economic Groupings (REG) have come up with a set of recommendations aimed at strengthening their ties with the African Union, according to a report released in Lusaka on Thursday. Full text...

  • AU to develop continental defence policy
    27 march 2003 16:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Experts on the "Common African Defence and Security Policy" of the African Union (AU) started their first meeting in Johannesburg on Thursday to develop a continental defence policy intended to address Africa's calamities and conflicts. Full text...

  • AU protocol on women's rights to eliminate discrimination
    27 march 2003 15:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The adoption of the draft protocol relating to women's rights in Africa would be a qualitative leap to full development of human beings without discrimination, a senior official of the African Union (AU) Commission said in Addis Ababa Thursday. Full text...

  • Africa's integration conference gets underway
    27 march 2003 14:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A two-day meeting of chief executives of six Africa's major regional economic groupings began in Lusaka on Thursday with interim chairman of the African Union, Amara Essey, calling on governments of the continent to quickly translate their resolve for unity into a force that can be felt by ordinary Africans. Full text...

  • Vijay Makhan commends ties between CEN-SAD and African Union
    11 march 2003 22:20:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commissioner for economic affairs Vijay Makhan on Tuesday in Niamey commended the existing good relations between the Community of Sahel- Saharan States (CEN-SAD) and the continental body. Full text...

  • Essy welcomes conclusion of Ivorian peace talks in Accra
    10 march 2003 16:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Amara Essy, Interim Chair of the African Union (AU) Commission has praised the just-ended talks in Accra on the Ivorian crisis, brokered by the ECOWAS chair and Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD to adopt mechanism on conflict resolution
    08 march 2003 15:39:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The fifth summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) slated for 14-15 March in Niamey will adopt a mechanism on the prevention and resolution of conflicts within the bloc, Niger Foreign Minister Aichatou Mindaoudou told a news conference here Friday. Full text...

  • African Union proposes desertification control fund
    07 march 2003 17:40:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- A proposal was made at the second session of the African Union's Executive Council in N'djamena that a regional fund be created for the implementation of the UN Convention against soil degradation and desertification. Full text...

  • African fund against famine lacks resources
    07 march 2003 15:34:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Lack of new contributions has weakened the emergency assistance fund against drought and famine in Africa, which has been beneficial to several countries so far, says a report issued here by the interim chair of the African Union Commission, Amara Essy. Full text...

  • AU adopts $22.6 million interim budget
    07 march 2003 12:26:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- The second ordinary session of the African Union executive council has adopted the Commission's interim budget of US$22. Full text...

  • African Union reiterates position against war on Iraq
    07 march 2003 10:31:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- On the fringes of the second ordinary session of its executive council in N'djamena devoted to administrative, budgetary and economic issues, the African Union reiterated its position against war on Iraq. Full text...

  • AU interim chair appalled by lack of female candidates
    06 march 2003 17:35:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- African Union interim chairman Amara Essy has decried the persistence of discrimination against women in the allocation of posts within the continental body. Full text...

  • Ethiopia signs AU convention against terrorism
    06 march 2003 14:59:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Ethiopia has become the 21st country to sign the African Union convention on the prevention and fight against terrorism, says a statement issued Thursday at the second session of the AU Executive Council in N'djamena. Full text...

  • No candidates for African Union commission chairmanship
    06 march 2003 14:45:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Delegates attending the second African Union (AU) executive council session here have started wondering whether the next summit of the new continental body in Maputo, Mozambique will elect the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the AU Commission. Full text...

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