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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • AfDB approves US$20 million trade finance line of credit for UT Bank Ghana
    23 may 2013 16:24:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$ 20 million Trade Finance Line of Credit for UT Bank Ghana (UT Bank) to support the trade finance activities of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and local corporates in Ghana, it was announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Africa starts rebuilding for a better self-image (News analysis)
    23 may 2013 15:07:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – “What kind of Africa are we creating?”, a prominent Kenyan scholar and international consultant raised the question this week at an exclusive discussion about the continent’s governance and related economic, social and political issues.Full text...

  • Executive Council passes US$ 308 million budget for AUC
    23 may 2013 14:54:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) is set to hit the ground running come January 2014 after the Executive Council approved a budget of US$308 million for the organisation’s annual activities, the Commission’s Deputy Chairperson, Erastus Mwencha, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • AUC, NGOs agree to make agriculture top of Agenda 2063
    23 may 2013 14:04:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Investment in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty in Africa, according to participants at a high-level panel discussion held here Thursday by officials of the African Union Commission, ONE and ActionAid. Full text...

  • AU to review some member-states’ financial contributions
    23 may 2013 13:58:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A proposal to scale down the financial contributions of some member-states of the African Union (AU), especially the island nations, is now before the sub-committee on members' financial contributions, ahead of the 21st AU summit beginning Saturday in Addis Ababa.Full text...

  • President Sata leads Zambian delegation to AU Summit
    23 may 2013 08:09:40
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's President Michael Sata was due to leave Lusaka Thursday for Ethiopia where he will his country's delegation to the 21st Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly, scheduled to take place on 26-27 May in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Sudan commends AU for realisation of peace in the country
    22 may 2013 20:28:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has sent representatives of 35 civil society organizations, known as the Sudan National Group on Human Rights, to take part in the events marking the 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU), apart from the official delegation that will be headed by the Head of state, General Omar Al Bashir.Full text...

  • Malian interim president to attend AU summit
    22 may 2013 18:40:29
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian interim president, Dioncounda Traoré, will leave Bamako on Friday for the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to attend the 21st Summit of African heads of State and government, holding 25-26 May, official sources told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe under threat of sanction from AU
    22 may 2013 16:24:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Sao Tome and Principe could be sanctioned by the African Union (AU) for failing to pay its annual contribution to the continental organization for two years running, if a proposal before the 26th executive council of the AU is anything to go by.Full text...

  • AU faces financial crisis as most Member States fail to pay up
    22 may 2013 14:02:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has only been able to mobilize to date US$ 77.3 million on a draft budget of approximately US$ 278.2 million for the financial year 2013, according to a report by its sub-committee on contributions from member states, obtained by PANA Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Full text...

  • AU jubilee Proclamation aims at rapid continental transformation - Dlamini Zuma
    22 may 2013 11:26:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Wednesday called upon Africa’s leadership to provide a mission framework that will result in rapid change, sustained effort and united action by a united Africa. Full text...

  • Africa tasked on relations with international community
    22 may 2013 09:39:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa needs to review the nature of its relations with the international community in order to bring about its structural transformation, according to Carlos Lopes, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Full text...

  • 'Africa must build on its achievements to advance transformation agenda'
    22 may 2013 09:34:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - There is a glimmer of hope for Africa’s rejuvenation as a result of the progress achieved over the last decade, Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, told his African counterparts meeting here Wednesday, on the eve of the golden jubilee of the Organisation of African Unity/African Union (OAU/AU). Full text...

  • ECA chief hails APRM for raising bar on accountability
    22 may 2013 07:46:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ten years after its creation, the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has received acclaim for its contribution to sustainable growth and development in the continent. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council holds 23rd ordinary session
    22 may 2013 07:16:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) starts its 23rd ordinary session here Wednesday to deliberate on different reports of ministerial meetings organised by the AU Commission in the last six months. Full text...

  • 3 African countries banned from AU summit
    21 may 2013 17:43:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Central African Republic, Guinea Bissau and Madagascar have been banned from attending the 21st summit of the African Union (AU), to be held from 25 to 27 May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Full text...

  • High-level panel agrees children must be at centre of Africa’s development agenda
    21 may 2013 14:42:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – As the African Union (AU) marks its 50th anniversary, there is no better opportunity for the continent to ensure that children’s rights are put at the centre of future development, former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECA chief pays tribute to foremothers of Pan Africanism
    21 may 2013 07:50:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ongoing celebrations of 50 years of Pan Africanism will be incomplete without paying glowing tribute to the role played by our ‘foremothers’ and ‘foresisters’ in the liberation struggle, according to UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary Carlos Lopes. Full text...

  • AU official urges member states to pursue continental integration
    20 may 2013 15:37:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Member states of the African Union (AU) and political leaders must muster political will to surrender part of their sovereignty over trade, economic and financial issues to regional and continental supranational organisations because the continent must be fully integrated in the coming 50 years, a senior AU official said here Monday. Full text...

  • APRM comes under civil society scrutiny
    20 may 2013 09:16:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) has yet to deliver on the lofty promises of good governance, deepened democracy and the advancement of human rights in the continent, according to civil society organisations meeting here ahead of the African Union (AU) summit next week. Full text...

  • Ethiopian diplomat urges Africans to rise to new challenges
    20 may 2013 09:12:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Though the last 50 years of Africa’s history have been fraught with so many challenges, Africans today are very proud of their achievements, according to Ethiopia’s Ambassador Kongit Sinegiorgis. Full text...

  • AUC mourns South African TV personality
    20 may 2013 07:07:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has on behalf of the Commission extended condolences to the family and friends of renowned South African Television anchor, Mr. Vuyo Mbuli, who died at the weekend. Full text...

  • Mahama, Kenya deputy president discuss Somalia peacekeepers
    19 may 2013 15:39:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has agreed to a request from Kenya to champion its quest for an expansion of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) at this week's African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • AU anniversary celebrations to kick off in Ethiopian capital
    18 may 2013 13:05:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Year-long celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU) kick off in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday with a preparatory meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), according to the official schedule released on Saturday by the AU Commission.Full text...

  • Exhibition on Pan Africanism opens in Addis Ababa
    14 may 2013 12:37:24
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An African Aesthetic exhibition opened Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, as one of the African Union’s signature events to express the spirit of Pan Africanism and African Renaissance, the theme of the continental organisation’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Full text...

  • Killing of 2 former rebel leaders in Darfur is a cowardly act - AU
    13 may 2013 18:24:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Monday described the killing of two former rebel leaders, who had joined the peace process in Darfur, as a “cowardly act” that seeks to dissuade other movements from joining the peace process.Full text...

  • Africans should tell the African story - AU official
    08 may 2013 12:35:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Deputy Chairperson Erastus Mwencha has challenged African communicators to tell the African story as it is, instead of the stereotype version being peddled by outsiders. Full text...

  • CPJ tasks African Union on press freedom
    03 may 2013 13:03:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the African Union (AU) to champion the call for the release of all journalists imprisoned in Africa and appeal for justice in the murders of journalists killed in the line of duty. Full text...

  • AU condemns attack in Sudanese states
    30 april 2013 11:30:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned the recent rebel attack on a central Sudanese town, at a time of ongoing direct talks between the government and the rebel group active in the area. Full text...

  • 'More efforts needed to end Israeli occupation of Palestinian land'
    29 april 2013 12:01:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethioia (PANA) - International supporters of the Palestinian people's quest to achieve a sovereign and independent state need to do more, considering that an end to the Israeli occupation is not in sight, Abdou Salam Diallo, chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, said here Monday. Full text...

  • AU Chairperson visits Kenya
    24 april 2013 19:35:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is undertaking a working visit to Kenya during which she will meet and engage with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Full text...

  • AU welcomes Sudan-South Sudan security, implementation agreements
    24 april 2013 16:57:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Wednesday commended Sudan and South Sudan for their agreement to open eight crossing points between the two countries immediately, saying this was an important step in the integration process between the two States.Full text...

  • AU, EU Commission officials meet in Addis Ababa
    22 april 2013 11:33:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Officials of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) will hold their sixth commission-to-commission meeting here this week to identify priority issues for discussion at the fourth Africa-EU Summit, scheduled for April 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, the AU Commission announced here Monday. Full text...

  • African ministers discuss regional integration in Mauritius
    18 april 2013 13:20:17
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - The sixth Conference of African Ministers in charge of Integration (COMAI VI) opened Thursday at Balaclava, northern Mauritius, PANA reported from here.Full text...

  • Continuing violence worries Darfur Tripartite Mechanism
    16 april 2013 17:46:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At their meeting Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, representatives of the African Union (AU) and the UN expressed concern over reports of continuing armed clashes and inter-communal violence in Darfur, according to a press release, received here by PANA.Full text...

  • Dlamini-Zuma says AU jubilee is chance for reflection on Africa’s progress
    15 april 2013 13:24:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU) will be the opportunity for all Africans to take stock of what the continent has achieved, where it stands and what its goals are for the next half century, AU Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said here Monday.Full text...

  • AU condemns killing of UN personnel in South Sudan
    10 april 2013 11:34:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has condemned the killing of five UN peacekeepers and a number of civilians in an ambush by unknown gunmen in South Sudan, describing it as a cowardly attack. Full text...

  • AU, ECOWAS human rights observers deployed in Mali
    09 april 2013 14:17:11
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The first batch of a dozen human rights observers has been deployed in Mali in line with a decision by the African Union Peace and Security Council and ECOWAS to deploy some 50 observers under the banner the International Support Mission for Mali (AFISMA), official sources told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU launches year-long OAU/AU 50th anniversary celebrations
    08 april 2013 18:45:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The year-long 50th anniversary celebrations of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), were flagged off here Monday by Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, and Dr. Teodros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs.Full text...

  • AU Commission alleges impersonation of its Chairperson on social media
    04 april 2013 17:42:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has warned those Full text...

  • AU holds emergency session on 50th anniversary, industrialisation
    04 april 2013 12:19:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has summoned African foreign ministers to an emergency session to discuss the preparations for the 50th anniversary celebrations and its four-year industrialisation plan. Full text...

  • African Ministers concerned over MDGs delay
    27 march 2013 11:41:46
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - While hailing the progress made, African Ministers of Economy and Finance, Planning and Economic Development have expressed concern over the slow pace in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by Africa. Full text...

  • 'African ministers must nurture agricultural potential to create jobs'
    26 march 2013 18:01:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) said Tuesday Africa remained the most attractive destination for foreign investments in agriculture, which would further boost continental agricultural growth.Full text...

  • Guinea's Kabinet Komara to head OMVS
    26 march 2013 14:25:38
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of the Organization for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS), who ended their 15th general conference here Monday, have named Guinean Kabinet Komara head of the sub-regional organization. Full text...

  • Confused situation in Bangui, human rights abuses rising
    25 march 2013 15:50:13
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The situation remains confused on Monday in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), where sporadic gunshots could be heard in spite of the capture of Bangui over the weekend by the Seleka rebels under the leadership of the self-proclaimed president, Michel Djotodia.Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: AU Suspends CAR after power grab
    25 march 2013 14:24:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has suspended the Central African Republic (CAR) after the Seleka rebels seized power following a blitz on the capital city of Bangui over the weekend, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • African finance experts urge AU to assess impact of Eurozone crisis
    25 march 2013 12:06:26
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - African finance experts have urged the African Union Commission (AUC) to assess the impact of the Euro-zone crisis and the response of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to it in relation to the African Monetary Fund (AMF). Full text...

  • Sanctions loom as AU rejects 'coup' in CAR
    25 march 2013 11:27:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has rejected what it described as the 'coup' in Central African Republic (CAR), where the Seleka rebels have taken over power following a renewed onslaught on the capital, Bangui, over the weekend. Full text...

  • High quality human resources crucial for successful industrialization of Africa - Experts
    22 march 2013 21:09:56
    Abidjan, Côte-d’Ivoire (PANA) – High quality human resources are crucial for a successful industrialization of Africa, according to experts attending a meeting in the Ivorian city of Abidjan on the theme, “Industrialization in service of Africa’s emergence” . Full text...

  • Mauritania to ratify the protocol on AU's convention against terrorism
    22 march 2013 14:04:08
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania will ratify the Protocol on the African Union (AU) Convention on the prevention and the fight against terrorism, according to an official statement issued in the capital city of Nouakchott Friday. Full text...

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