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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • 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...

  • Ivorian minister insists Morocco must return to AU fold
    21 march 2013 16:39:58
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – “Morocco must find its way back to the African Union,” the Ivorian Foreign Affairs minister, Charles Koffi Diby, said on Thursday as the Moroccan King, Mohamed VI, continued his visit to Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Experts say African industrial policies disappointing
    21 march 2013 15:37:08
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Experts, meeting here ahead of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance and Economic Development, Thursday painted a gloomy picture of the industrial policies in Africa, saying that since independence most African nations have been unable to take off. Full text...

  • AU urges UN Security Council to support Sudan/South Sudan peace process
    21 march 2013 08:42:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called on the UN Security Council to fully support the current peace process between Sudan and South Sudan, as the two countries have now managed to pull out forces from joint borderlines to their sides of the borders. Full text...

  • AU makes ICT priority project
    20 march 2013 19:25:07
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) says it has, for the first time, made information and communications one of its priority areas, urging the media in Africa to collaborate with it in the promotion of Africa's image.Full text...

  • AU commends role played by peacekeepers in Darfur
    20 march 2013 16:28:51
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The African Union Peace and Security Council on Wednesday expressed support for efforts being made to bring peace to Darfur region, and commended the role played by African peacekeepers in the region. Full text...

  • UNFPA Chief due in Cote d’Ivoire for AU/ECA conference
    20 march 2013 15:49:01
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, is due in the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan, shortly to attend the sixth conference of African ministers of Economy, Finance and Planning, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Peace with South Sudan: Sudan hails AU, Mbeki, seeks international assistance
    15 march 2013 11:33:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has praised the African Union (AU) and former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who helped Khartoum and Juba to reach an agreement on post-secession question, including an implementation matrix. Full text...

  • Juba, Khartoum sign accord on full implementation of peace plan
    12 march 2013 10:46:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and South Sudan on Tuesday signed a final accord on the full implementation of a series of agreements they signed in December last year, including the exportation of South Sudan oil via Sudanese facilities. Full text...

  • AUC congratulates Uhuru Kenyatta on Kenyan polls victory
    11 march 2013 15:11:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) has congratulated Kenya's President-elect, Uhuru Kenyatta, his Vice President-elect, William Ruto, and their Jubilee Coalition party for winning the hotly-contested maiden presidential polls under the country's new constitution. Full text...

  • AU welcomes signing of implementation modality for Sudan-S/Sudan security pact
    10 march 2013 07:40:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the signing of the implementation modalities for the security pact agreed by Sudan and South Sudan last December. Full text...

  • Academic deplores Africa’s weak system of industrial innovation
    08 march 2013 16:15:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A professor at the International University of Brazzaville, Congo, Ignace Kissangou, has deplored Africa’s weak system of industrialization, saying "this has undermined the true emergence of the continent". Full text...

  • AU urges Guinea Bissau to set date for general elections
    07 march 2013 16:37:53
    Paris, France (PANA) – The African Union’s Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau, Ovido M. B. Pequeno, on Thursday urged Guinea Bissau’s interim authorities to fix a date for the general elections, promising that the international community would help the West African nation conduct the polls. Full text...

  • AU urges feuding Sudanese tribes in North Darfur to cease hostilities
    26 february 2013 11:19:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has urged feuding Sudanese tribal groups to cease the hostilities which have left dozens dead. Full text...

  • DRC peace deal signed in Ethiopia
    24 february 2013 11:31:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Leaders of 11 African countries and four regional and international organizations on Sunday signed a peace deal which they hope will bring peace to the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region. Full text...

  • AU reactivates Malagasy peace plan, frowns at rights abuses
    13 february 2013 17:28:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) rose from its first meeting on the stalled political process in Madagascar in 14 months, with a call on Malagasy politicians to implement the political roadmap leading to presidential elections in July this year.Full text...

  • AU welcomes CAR's new government of national unity
    08 february 2013 19:22:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Friday welcomed the new Government of National Unity in the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on partners to spare no efforts in implementing agreements reached in Libreville, Gabon, early this year. Full text...

  • Exiled ex-PM of Guinea Bissau may return home
    07 february 2013 18:19:30
    Paris, France (PANA) – The African Union Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau, Ovidio M. B. Pequeno, said on Thursday in Paris, France, that Guinea Bissau’s former Prime Minister, Carlos Gomez Junior, in exile in Portugal could return home if he wishes, PANA reports here. Full text...

  • Sudanese govt. gives lifeline to Darfur Regional Authority
    07 february 2013 15:13:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has given the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) 800 million Sudanese pounds (about US$ 130 million) as its commitment to efforts to remove the obstacles militating against the implementation of an agreement reached between it and groups of Darfur Rebel movement. Full text...

  • AU condemns assassination of leading Tunisian opposition politician
    07 february 2013 13:58:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Thursday condemned the killing of Tunisian opposition leader, Chokri Belaid, and the subsequent death of a police officer, saying the acts were undermining efforts to complete the political transition process in the North African country. Full text...

  • AU seeks international aid for flood-hit Mozambique
    04 february 2013 10:38:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has expressed shock and sadness at the worsening humanitarian situation in Southern Africa, specifically in Mozambique where the death toll from floods has reached 68, and displaced 170,000 people. Full text...

  • Minister recommends regional integration programme for Beninese
    03 february 2013 12:37:52
    Bohicon, Benin (PANA) - The Benin Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Jonas Gbian, has urged citizens of the country to embrace various programmes embarked upon by ECOWAS and the UEMOA Commissions to facilitate regional integration and improve the lives of the population. Full text...

  • Guinean president says Africa should solve own problems
    30 january 2013 12:15:44
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Saying that Africa has come of age and should be able to resolve its own problems without foreign assistance, President Alpha Conde of Guinea has slammed the current French military intervention in Mali. Full text...

  • Sudan lauds AU for handling Sudan/South Sudan dispute
    29 january 2013 11:23:47
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has expressed its satisfaction at the African Union Peace and Security Council's (AUPSC's) decision to ensure that the dispute between Juba and Khartoum is handled at the continental level, rather than allow foreign intervention. Full text...

  • African leaders seek to pep up response to conflicts
    29 january 2013 08:11:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders rose Monday from two days of intensive talks on the conflicts affecting the continent with a resolve to pep up the continent's response to the crises by making the African Standby Force (ASF) a reality. Full text...

  • Tanzanian to command MONUSCO special brigade
    28 january 2013 20:59:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) –A special brigade of some 2,000 soldiers, which will be set up within the United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO), will be headed by a Tanzanian official. Full text...

  • AU backs Djiboutian Rachad Farah for UNESCO D-G post
    28 january 2013 20:19:21
    Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders on Monday threw their weight behind the candidature of Djiboutian Rachad Farah for the position of Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation (UNESCO) which would decided on in October.Full text...

  • African leaders pledge US$50 million for Mali liberation
    28 january 2013 19:52:40
    Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African leaders ended their meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday with a pledge of US$50 million for the Mali International Support Mission (MISMA). Full text...

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