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  • Foreign ministers due in Zambia for OAU pre-summit meeting
    04 july 2001 11:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African Foreign ministers arrive in Zambia Wednesday for preparatory consultations ahead of the OAU Heads of State and government summit starting next week. Full text...

  • South Africa confident that MAP would be adopted
    04 july 2001 08:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government is teeming with confidence that President Thabo Mbeki's Millennium African Recovery Plan (MAP), a proposed blueprint designed to promote development, democracy and peace in the continent, would be adopted at the forthcoming OAU summit in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Lebanon to host 5th Afro-Arab trade fair
    03 july 2001 19:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 5th Afro-Arab trade fair will be held in Tripoli, Lebanon from 6 to 14 October, the OAU Secretariat has announced in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Parliament empowers Kerekou to ratify Consultative Act
    03 july 2001 19:37:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- The parliament in Benin Tuesday unanimously passed a bill authorising President Mathieu Kerekou to ratify the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act. Full text...

  • Reviving Afro-Arab cooperation
    03 july 2001 19:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A new era of Afro-Arab cooperation has dawned, OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim says in a report presented at the 13th ordinary session of the committee of ambassadors in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • NGO wins OAU observer status
    03 july 2001 17:44:00
    LUSAKA- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) said it has agreed to grant a continental non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Senegal observer status in the body. Full text...

  • Female candidate for OAU chief throws in towel
    03 july 2001 17:33:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, the Zambian woman who campaigned for the post of OAU secretary- general, has finally thrown in the towel after the Zambian government refused to endorse her candidacy. Full text...

  • IMO to build brain-drain database on SADC
    03 july 2001 15:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The International Organisation for Migration, or IMO, is to build a comprehensive data-base on the numbers of professionals and other skilled workers who have left Southern Africa for other parts of the world due to poor economic opportunities in their own home countries. Full text...

  • OAU imposes sanctions on debtor members
    03 july 2001 15:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity (OAU), facing mounting annual subscription arrears from its members, said Tuesday it would impose a range of sanctions on 15 debtor countries to induce them to pay up. Full text...

  • African Leaders Told To Allow Free Movement of People
    03 july 2001 14:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Southern Africa Regional Representative of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), John Tesha, has appealed to African leaders to encourage free movement of their people to foster integration and development of the continent. Full text...

  • Focus on plight of children, Zambian paper urges OAU
    03 july 2001 11:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's biggest privately-owned newspaper Tuesday appealed to African leaders gathering in the country next week for an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Summit, to focus on the welfare of children on the continent. Full text...

  • Kadhafi discusses African Union with Compaore
    03 july 2001 11:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • OAU Debtor Nations
    02 july 2001 18:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Only four of OAU's 53-member States were up to date in contributions to the organisation's ordinary budget, while more than 30 percent of members faced sanctions over unpaid arrears as of 28 June 2001. Full text...

  • Zambia's Chiluba gears up for OAU political windfall
    02 july 2001 18:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia - Zambian President Frederick Chilu-ba steps at the heart of African diplomacy this week when he hosts over 40 colleagues from around the continent for an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit, but his domestic critics suspect he wants to make undue political capital out of the meeting for the forthcoming presidential poll. Full text...

  • OAU coffers: a catastrophic situation
    02 july 2001 17:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The amount outstanding in the contribution of OAU member states as of 1 June 2001 stands at 14. Full text...

  • Envoy Says OAU Ambassadors Opening Session Fruitful
    02 july 2001 17:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Ambassador to the OAU, Simataa Akapelwa, has described the opening session of the Committee of Ambassadors and plenipotentiaries in Lusaka Monday, as "important and very promising". Full text...

  • More than 1,000 Journalists For OAU Summit
    02 july 2001 16:54:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- More than 1,000 media persons from Africa and other parts of the world are expected in Lusaka for coverage of the historic 37th ordinary OAU Summit, which opened Monday in the Zambian capital. Full text...

  • Committee on DR Congo meets in Lusaka Wednesday
    02 july 2001 15:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A regional ministerial meeting of countries involved in the DR Congo conflict is planned for Lusaka, Zambia Wednesday, to finalise plans on disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration and resettlement of so-called "negative forces". Full text...

  • Anti-retrovirals to curb the enemy's progress
    02 july 2001 15:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Anti-retrovirals, the drugs that make it possible to curb the progress of AIDS, today constitute one of the few weapons Africa has to slow down the advance of a very powerful enemy. Full text...

  • Humanitarian body seeks OAU's observer status
    02 july 2001 15:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- "Africa Aid Africa" (AAA), a humanitarian mutual aid and solidarity organisation, has requested an observer status with the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Full text...

  • Salim proposes reforms for OAU emergency fund
    02 july 2001 14:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Outgoing OAU secretary-general Salim Ahmed Salim Monday proposed that the organisation's Special Emergency Assistance Fund (SEAF), which mainly provides financial assistance to drought-stricken member states, be reformed to improve its operational efficiency. Full text...

  • OAU Committee of Ambassadors meets in Lusaka
    02 july 2001 14:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 13th ordinary session of the Committee of Ambassadors and other Plenipotentiaries accredited to the Organisation of African Unity opened Monday in Lusaka, Zambia, chaired by Ali Awidan, Libyan Ambassador to Ethiopia and the OAU. Full text...

  • Salim In Lusaka, Upbeat On African Union
    30 june 2001 19:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim, arrived in Lusaka Saturday, assuring that the 9-11 July Summit of the continent's foremost political grouping taking place in the Zambian capital would be a huge success. Full text...

  • Zambia into OAU frenzy
    30 june 2001 16:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is into a frenzy as the southern African country prepares to host one of the biggest summits of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) next week. Full text...

  • Money woes forces Tanzania out of integration groupings
    29 june 2001 20:58:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania has announced it is to withdraw from several regional and international groupings due to financial difficulties it is facing. Full text...

  • Over 40 countries confirm attendance at African summit
    29 june 2001 16:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia said Friday 41 countries had confirmed they will attend the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Lusaka next week, when the continental body will formally be transformed into the African Union. Full text...

  • Newspaper Queries Belated Preparation For OAU Summit
    29 june 2001 16:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Zambia's privately owned weekly, 'The Monitor', has criticised the government for the belated preparations being made to host the forthcoming 29th Summit of African leaders which is billed to usher in the African Union. Full text...

  • Congo ratifies constitutive act of the African Union
    27 june 2001 23:10:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's national transition council (provisional Parliament) has ratified the African Union constitutive act that OAU Heads of State and government adopted in Lome, Togo in July last year. Full text...

  • Ivorian, Namibian envoys meet Buyoya
    27 june 2001 23:09:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi leader Pierre Buyoya Wednesday granted audience to two envoys from Cote d'Ivoire and Namibia, who brought messages from their Presidents believed in connection with their candidacy for the African Union Secretary General post. Full text...

  • Where is the traditional African hospitality?
    27 june 2001 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Even in misery, Africans are known to be generous in their traditional hospitality. Full text...

  • Where is the traditional African hospitality?
    27 june 2001 17:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Even in misery, Africans are known to be generous in their traditional hospitality. Full text...

  • UEMOA to evaluate economic performance
    26 june 2001 23:18:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Economic and Monetary Union of the West African States (UEMOA) experts opened a meeting Tuesday in Ouagadougou to evaluate the region's economic performance. Full text...

  • Amara Essy intensifies campaign for African Union job
    26 june 2001 21:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Amara Essy, Ivorian former Foreign Minister and one of the candidates for the post of the African Union Secretary General, is in Bamako to seek the support of African delegates to the 28th Foreign Ministers session of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC). Full text...

  • UEMOA experts meet Tuesday in Ouagadougou
    24 june 2001 14:02:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A group of West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) experts is scheduled to meet from Tuesday to Friday in Ouagadougou to prepare a council of ministers meeting scheduled for 6 July in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Guinea asks Togo to support Kouyate's candidature
    23 june 2001 09:10:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Guinean President Lansana Conte has asked Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema to support the candidature of Guinean Lansana Kouyate for the secretary general post of the newly-formed African Union. Full text...

  • Theo-Ben Gurirab: 37 years in the diplomatic service
    19 june 2001 23:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Namibia's minister of Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Theo Ben Gurirab, candidate to succeed Salim Ahmed Salim at the head of the Pan- African organisation, is considered as the Dean of African ministers of Foreign Affairs, judging from his 37 years of experience in international diplomacy. Full text...

  • Rwandan troops not ready to leave Congo
    19 june 2001 13:27:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has reiterated that it requires security guarantees from authorities in Kinshasa, before withdrawing all its troops from the DR Congo. Full text...

  • UK fully supports African Union
    18 june 2001 15:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ahead of the OAU's July Summit in Lusaka, Zambia more favourable reactions are trailing the establishment of the African Union, with Britain saying it supports the initiative and wants to see it succeed. Full text...

  • Summit to tackle Mano River Union crises
    14 june 2001 19:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Like Angola, Sudan and other flash points in Africa, the Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, present some of the seemingly intractable conflicts expected to task African leaders at the OAU July Summit in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Summit to discuss crises in Mano River Union, as usual
    14 june 2001 18:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Difference crises within the Mano River Union are fast becoming a semi permanent item on the agenda of most OAU meetings, and next month's Lusaka summit will not be an exception. Full text...

  • Concrete action on children expected from Lusaka Summit
    14 june 2001 17:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- With African countries already formally agreed on a common position for the September UN General Assembly Special Session on the future of children, stakeholders are now anxious about how the Lusaka OAU summit would move to make the African Children Agenda binding on states. Full text...

  • Compact African recovery plan focuses on partnership
    14 june 2001 16:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As the marketplace for ideas on African development strategies expands, a common denominator - partnership - sticks out in most of the plans so far exposed. Full text...

  • African women plan to seek political hearing in Lusaka
    14 june 2001 11:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African women say they plan to make a debut in regional and continental politics at the forthcoming summit of African leaders in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Programme to help ex-offenders lead constructive lives
    14 june 2001 08:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The offender reintegration programme of the National Crime Prevention Organisation (NICRO) is producing encouraging results just months after being introduced. Full text...

  • OAU Summit to discuss NGO bid for observer status
    13 june 2001 20:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An NGO seeking observer status with the Organisation of African Unity sounded hopeful Tuesday that its request would be considered at next month's OAU summit in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Parliament asked to ratify African Union act
    13 june 2001 16:02:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian legislators were on Wednesday presented with a bill asking Parliament to authorise the President to ratify the Constitutive Act of the African Union. Full text...

  • Regional business turns its back on "Ivoirité"
    12 june 2001 23:32:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- "Money knows no borders," Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo told newsmen from the Malian state television at the recent inauguration of a ginning company belonging to Malian tycoon Cheikna Kagnassi in M'Bengue, about 700 km north of Abidjan. Full text...

  • Differences hamper DR Congo political normalisation
    12 june 2001 22:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Differences surfacing ahead of the planned inter-Congolese dialogue cannot but be reminiscent of the the acrimony that surrounded the Sovereign National Conference (CNS) of the 1990s. Full text...

  • Another civil war looms over Burundi
    12 june 2001 16:30:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Never had xerox machines and printers been so much worked in Bujumbura as it happened recently in the wake of a report by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Full text...

  • Salim Ahmed Salim: A political profile
    12 june 2001 10:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Salim Ahmed Salim, the former Tanzanian prime minister who became the sixth Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity in 1989 "has served the body for so long and so well that his name has become synonymous with the house", admits one aide. Full text...

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