Politics - Summit
  • President Zuma to attend South Africa-European Union summit
    17 september 2012 22:49:25
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The South African president, Jacob Zuma, is expected on Tuesday in Brussels for a working visit during which he will attend the bilateral European Union-South Africa summit. Full text...

  • Burundian first vice-president leaves for Great Lakes summit
    06 september 2012 20:20:36
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The First vice President of Burundi, Térence Sinunguruza, left Bujumbura on Thursday for Kampala, Uganda, where he will represent his country at the Summit of the Great Lakes Region that begins on Friday, national radio reported. Full text...

  • Zuma to attend high-level SADC summit
    15 august 2012 08:27:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - President Jacob Zuma will lead a South African delegation to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit, to be hosted in Maputo, Mozambique, on Saturday, government spokesman Clayson Monyela said. Full text...

  • Mauritanian president leaves for OCI summit in Saudi Arabia
    13 august 2012 14:28:22
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, left here on Monday for Saudi Arabia, to attend a summit of member countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria re-elected President of African First Ladies Peace Mission
    27 july 2012 20:01:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria was Friday re-elected President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM), as the two-day summit of the mission rounded off in the nation's capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • 7th Summit of African First Ladies Peace Mission holds in Nigeria
    26 july 2012 20:07:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 7th Summit of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFPLM) opened in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Thursday, under the theme: ''The African Woman: A Voice for Peace.'' Full text...

  • 9th CPLP’s summit opens in Maputo (corrected)
    20 july 2012 12:47:28
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - The 9th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Full text...

  • Meeting of CPLP’s Council of Minister opens
    19 july 2012 14:27:38
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) - The 17th ordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) opened Thursday in Maputo, Mozambique, to prepare the grounds for Friday's summit of the body. Full text...

  • New AU Commission chair, commissioners sworn in
    17 july 2012 08:49:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has sworn in Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the six commissioners recently elected to lead the regional body. Full text...

  • AU creates Presidential panel to promote intra-African trade
    16 july 2012 13:24:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Africa Union (AU) has established a permanent committee at the presidential level to promote Intra-African trade by pushing for the removal of trade barriers, ahead of the 2017 deadline for creating a continental Free Trade Area (FTA). Full text...

  • How Dlamini-Zuma won AU Commission Chair vote
    15 july 2012 21:21:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Right from the first round of voting by African leaders on Sunday, South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma left few in doubt that she has what it takes to clinch victory over incumbent Jean Ping in the race for the presidency of the African Union (AU) Commission. Full text...

  • Dlamini-Zuma elected AU Commission Chairperson
    15 july 2012 20:11:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was elected the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission late on Sunday, after surging through all the four rounds of voting. Full text...

  • Conflicts in Africa dominate talks as AU Summit opens
    15 july 2012 13:57:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Summit opened in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Sunday to discuss trade, jobs and economic growth, but the conflicts in Mali, Guinea-Bissau and the DR Congo dominated talks. Full text...

  • Ivorian leader leaves for 19th AU summit in Ethiopia
    13 july 2012 17:06:00
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, left here on Friday for Addis Ababa to take part in the 19th African Union (AU) summit in the Ethiopian capital, official sources said here. Full text...

  • US Assistant Secretary of State, Carson, for AU Summit
    13 july 2012 10:04:20
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson will lead the U.S. delegation to the 2012 African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-17 July, a US State Department statement said here. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council kicks off amid worries over Africa's instability
    12 july 2012 17:25:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers kicked off a two-day meeting in Addis Ababa, Thursday, to draw up a work plan for the 19th session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Assembly, which will hold in the Ethiopian capital after being moved from Malawi. Full text...

  • Group urges AU to support international justice
    11 july 2012 10:53:33
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A group of African civil society bodies and international organisations with a presence in Africa has asked the African Union (AU) to demonstrate support for justice for victims of grave international crimes at its summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week. Full text...

  • ECOWAS holds mini-summit on Mali
    07 july 2012 08:17:29
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A mini-summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Saturday to move forward regional initiatives towards resolving the political crisis in Mali. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau, Mali to dominate 41st ECOWAS Summit
    28 june 2012 13:37:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The political situations in Guinea-Bissau and Mali will dominate discussions at the 41st ordinary summit of the regional bloc ECOWAS, billed to hold Friday in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, the ECOWAS Commission said. Full text...

  • AU says it 'understands' Malawi's constraint in hosting Summit
    22 june 2012 13:47:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has expressed its understanding for the constraint faced by Malawi, which recently gave up the hosting rights of July's AU Summit instead of inviting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Full text...

  • President Zuma to use G20 summit to push African agenda
    19 june 2012 11:18:56
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is using this week’s the meeting of the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, to promote meaningful economic relations with the world that would enable the achievement of inclusive and sustainable growth, his spokesman said. Full text...

  • AU Chair, Boni Yayi, invited to 16th NAM Summit in Teheran
    16 june 2012 14:51:37
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – President Boni Yayi of Benin and Chairman of the African Union (AU), will attend the 16th summit of member countries of the non-aligned movement (NAM) holding in August in Teheran, the Iranian capital, the Beninese presidency announced here on Saturday. Full text...

  • AU confirms Malawi summit hosting snub
    08 june 2012 18:06:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Friday confirmed it will no longer be holding its July summit in Malawi, after the country insisted it would rather lose the hosting right than allow Sudan's President Omar el-Bashir to attend, because of his indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over war crimes charges. Full text...

  • Malawi insists on hosting AU summit
    07 june 2012 18:00:29
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi has said it will go ahead to host next month's African Union (AU) summit despite Sudan asking that the summit be shifted to the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, following Lilongwe's attempts to block President Omar Hassan al-Bashir from attending because he was a wanted war criminal by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Full text...

  • Senegal’s President heads UEMOA committee on weapon proliferation
    07 june 2012 10:10:03
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Senegalese President Macky Sall has been appointed head of the High Level Committee on the armed attacks and the proliferation of weapons in the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) at the organization’s summit in Togolese capital Lome Wednesday. Full text...

  • 16th UEMOA summit opens in Lomé
    06 june 2012 22:07:58
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The 16th summit of heads of State and government from the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) opened on Wednesday in the Togolese capital, Lomé. Full text...

  • Tunis to host AMU summit in October
    28 may 2012 15:01:18
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The summit of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) will be held in Tunisia in October, according to the Moroccan Prime Minister, Abdelilah Benkirane. Full text...

  • AU chair to attend G8 summit
    17 may 2012 14:56:35
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of Benin, Yayi Boni, will attend the G8 summit holding on Saturday at Camp David, US, according to a statement from the Beninese Foreign Affairs ministry. Full text...

  • Africa-South America Summit postponed indefinitely
    08 may 2012 19:15:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Third Edition of the Africa-South America Summit, originally scheduled for 13-16 May, has been postponed, the African Union (AU) announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal to include military engineers, field hospital in its team to Guinea-Bissau deployment
    04 may 2012 12:27:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal, which earlier pledged to include a field hospital in its contingent to the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) heading to Guinea-Bissau, has added military engineers to the team, according to Senegalese President Macky Sall. Full text...

  • 'ECOWAS should focus on development instead of political crisis'
    04 may 2012 10:36:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) should focus on its development objectives instead of managing political crises, its chairman, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS outlines Guinea-Bissau transition plan
    04 may 2012 08:31:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has outlined a 12-month transitional programme that will culminate in the election of a President for Guinea-Bissau, where soldiers last month truncated a process to elect a replacement for President Bacai Sanha who died in January. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defers to Mali on troops deployment
    04 may 2012 07:53:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The deployment of ECOWAS troops to Mali to help the country regain sovereignty over its rebel-held northern part will now depend on the country's request for such deployment, according to a communique issued after an extraordinary summit of West African leaders in Dakar, Senegal, late Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS holds 2nd extraordinary summit on G/Bissau, Mali Thursday
    02 may 2012 07:54:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - For the second time in as many weeks, ECOWAS is to hold an extraordinary summit on the situation in two of its member states - Guinea-Bissau and Mali - which are reeling from the effects of military coups that toppled the constitutional order in both nations. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders meet on Guinea-Bissau, Mali
    26 april 2012 08:32:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders are meeting at an extra-ordinary summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Thursday, on the political crises in Guinea-Bissau and Mali. Full text...

  • Jonathan to attend ECOWAS session on Mali, Guinea-Bissau Thursday
    25 april 2012 19:14:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, will Thursday attend an Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, a presidency statement issued here said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to hold extra-ordinary summit 26 April
    19 april 2012 11:16:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold an extra-ordinary summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on 26 April to deliberate on developments in two of its member states where soldiers have seized power within the past month, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudanese president leaves for Arab league summit in Iraq
    28 march 2012 18:32:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes, left Khartoum for Baghdad Wednesday to take part in an Arab league summit taking place in the Iraqi capital from Thursday to Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa to push Africa agenda at BRICS Summit
    28 march 2012 08:39:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - With the 4th session of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit due to kick off in New Delhi, India, Thursday, President Jacob Zuma intends to position South Africa as a global force representing emerging African economies in international platforms. Full text...

  • Coup: Mali faces possible suspension as ECOWAS holds extra-ordinary summit
    27 march 2012 08:58:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Mali, where mutinous soldiers ousted the country's democratically-elected President last week, faces a possible suspension from ECOWAS as the regional bloc holds an extra-ordinary summit on the situation in its Member State Tuesday in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, PANA reported. Full text...

  • ECOWAS holds extra-ordinary summit on Mali
    23 march 2012 17:08:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, is to hold an extra-ordinary summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Tuesday, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • AU ad hoc committee on election of commission members to meet in Cotonou
    16 march 2012 21:01:43
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Benin’s economic capital, Cotonou, will on Saturday host the ad hoc committee meeting of heads of State and government, tasked with examining issues linked to the forthcoming election of members of the African Union Commission, according to a statement from the Beninese ministry of Foreign Affairs. Full text...

  • Angolan, S/African leaders parley on bilateral cooperation
    02 march 2012 14:32:36
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Host President José Eduardo dos Santos of Angola and his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, on Friday discussed matters concerning relations between their two countries at a Summit in Luanda, the capital. Full text...

  • Burundi president for London Summit on Somalia
    22 february 2012 18:08:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi, will take part in an international conference on Somalia, beginning Thursday in London, according to an official statement issued Wednesday in Bujumbura, the capital. Full text...

  • AU chairman laments 'lack of unity' of African countries
    18 february 2012 14:29:05
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – African Union chairman, Benin's president Yayi Boni on Saturday expressed regret about lack of unity of African countries towards progress of the countinent. Full text...

  • AU mini-summit on peace and security in Africa opens
    18 february 2012 13:21:07
    Cotonou, Benin(PANA) – The African Union (AU) mini-summit opened on Saturday in Cotonou with about a dozen of heads of State and government in attendance to discuss the security situation on the continent. Full text...

  • A dozen presidents to attend Cotonou AU mini-summit
    18 february 2012 11:06:53
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – About a dozen of African heads of State and government have arrived in Cotonou to attend Saturday's mini-summit of the African Union (AU) devoted to the security situation in the continent. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Summit ends with key decisions on security, regional integration
    17 february 2012 18:01:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The two-day 40th Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) rounded off Friday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with key decisions taken on the issues of peace and security, regional integration and institutional matters. Full text...

  • ECOWAS/AU send Obasanjo to Senegal
    17 february 2012 16:32:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Friday endorsed the dispatch of a Joint African Union/ECOWAS High-Level Mission, led by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, to Senegal, as part of efforts to ensure that its forthcoming presidential election is conducted in a peaceful atmosphere. Full text...

  • My tenure as ECOWAS Chair a success - Nigeria's President
    16 february 2012 18:20:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Outgoing ECOWAS Chairman, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Thursday took stock of his tenure and declared it a success, despite the numerous challenges faced by the 15-member regional bloc. Full text...

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