Politics - Summit
  • 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...

  • 'Significant' ECOWAS summit opens in Abuja
    16 february 2012 17:51:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 40th Ordinary Summit of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS opened in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Thursday with a full agenda that includes the renewal of the mandate of the ECOWAS Commission, about five years after it emerged from the old ECOWAS Secretariat. Full text...

  • West African leaders remember late Guinea Bissau leader, Bacai Sanha
    16 february 2012 17:16:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - West African leaders who gathered here on Thursday for their 40th ordinary summit, under the aegis of the sub-regional bloc ECOWAS, paid tribute to one of their own, President Bacai Sanha of Guinea Bissau, who died early January at the age of 64. Full text...

  • NEWS FLASH: ECOWAS leaders meet in Abuja
    16 february 2012 14:25:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 40th ordinary summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) opened Thursday in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, with the presidents of eight of the 15-member States in attendance. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host extraordinary AU summit on 18 February
    14 february 2012 20:46:41
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – African leaders will hold an an extraordinary summit in the Benin capital, Cotonou, on 18 February to discuss peace, security, governance and democracy issues in Africa. Full text...

  • Obiang Nguema urges consensus in appointment of AU Commission chair
    29 january 2012 16:29:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The president of Equatorial Guinea and the immediate past chairman of the African Union (AU), Teodoro Obiang Nguema, on Sunday called on fellow African leaders, meeting in the Ethiopian capital for their 18th Summit, to appoint by consensus the future President of the Commission of the Pan-African organization. Full text...

  • UN Chief tries to mend ties with Africa after Ivorian, Libyan crises
    29 january 2012 15:26:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, made a formal plea to African leaders gathered here Sunday for a Summit, to excuse the differences in approach to the crises in Libya and Cote d’Ivoire and mend fences for the sake of future relations. Full text...

  • 'Forty African leaders are attending 18th AU summit'
    29 january 2012 12:50:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Some 40 Heads of State and Government are participating in the 18th African Union (AU) summit which opened Sunday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, with the President of the National Conference of the Chinese People's Consultative Political Conference (CPPCC), Jia Qinglin, attending as special guest. Full text...

  • AU Peace, Security Council gets new members
    29 january 2012 08:18:42
    Addis Ababa , Ethiopia (PANA) - At an election conducted during the ministerial level of the African Union Summit here, Angola, Egypt, Guinea, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire and Congo Republic were Saturday elected to the executive body tasked with spearheading peace and security matters in Africa. Full text...

  • 18th AU Summit opens in Addis Ababa
    29 january 2012 08:05:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders kicked off a two-day Summit here Sunday, to discuss pressing continental matters and seek new ways to boost regional trade, credited with current economic growth in most countries. Full text...

  • New Libya govt. attends AU Summit; pledges to maintain African ties
    28 january 2012 09:25:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The presence of an official delegation from the new Libya will not go unnoticed in Addis Ababa, where the 20th ordinary session of the Executive Council Thursday opens, ahead of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • AU Commission Chairperson defends record
    26 january 2012 21:46:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Jean Ping, Thursday defended his record, saying his first four-year term contributed to the repositioning of Africa on the global scene. Full text...

  • North Africa dominates African ministerial meeting ahead of AU Summit
    26 january 2012 11:03:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers kicked off the high-level segment of the African Union Summit on Thursday, urging the continent to move rapidly to end a looming economic crisis and address youth unemployment, to avoid a continuation of the Arab revolts across the continent. Full text...

  • Developing story: Meeting of African Ministers opens ahead of AU Summit
    26 january 2012 10:42:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers kicked off the high-level segment of the African Union Summit on Thursday, urging the continent to move rapidly to end a looming economic crisis and address youth unemployment, to avoid a continuation of the Arab revolts across the continent. Full text...

  • 18th AU summit to hold in new headquarters built by China
    25 january 2012 17:24:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The 18th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) will hold from 28 to 30 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the new headquarters of the Panafrican organization, built by China Full text...

  • Angolan vice president leaves N’djamena after ECCAS Summit
    16 january 2012 23:36:07
    Ndjamena, Chad (PANA) - Angolan vice president, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, left the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, for home on Monday after attending the 15th Full text...

  • Central African states end summit
    16 january 2012 20:40:05
    Ndjamena, Chad (PANA) – The 15th Summit of heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of the Central Africa States (CEEAC) ended on Monday in the Chadian capital, Ndjamena. Full text...

  • Great Lakes Region Heads of State Summit scheduled for Kampala
    13 december 2011 12:18:35
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola is attending the preparatory meeting of the International Regional Committee on the Great Lakes (IRCGL), taking place 13-14 December in Kampala, Uganda. Full text...

  • Turkey to increase diplomatic envoys in Africa, says PM
    23 november 2011 15:13:48
    Ankara, Turkey (PANA) - Turkey will increase the number of its diplomatic representations in Africa, Prime Minister Recep Tayyeb Erdogan said at the opening of the summit of African and Turkish Muslim leaders in Istanbul, sources told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Commonwealth summit ends in Perth, endorses reform proposals
    30 october 2011 10:19:54
    Perth, Australia (PANA) - Commonwealth leaders Sunday ended their summit in Perth, Australia, agreeing to a new set of reforms and new commitments on food security, child vaccinations and climate change. Full text...

  • Jonathan tasks Commonwealth leaders on economic, social progress
    28 october 2011 15:44:57
    Abuja, Lagos (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday in Perth, Western Australia, urged Commonwealth leaders to build on the organisation’s established values and principles to achieve economic and social progress for their citizens. Full text...

  • Queen Elizabeth opens 21st Commonwealth summit
    28 october 2011 06:44:02
    Perth, Australia (PANA) - Queen Elizabeth II Friday morning officially opened the 21st meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM 2011) in Perth, Australia, charging the leaders to help bring “new vibrancy to the Commonwealth” through the pursuit of reforms Full text...

  • Commonwealth leaders' summit begins Friday in Australia
    27 october 2011 12:11:10
    Perth, Australia (PANA) - The three-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) kicks off on Friday in Perth, Australia, with the issues of food security, climate change, establishment of an independent Commission to monitor human rights and reforms taking the front burner. Full text...

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