Politics - Summit
  • SADC leaders tell Gbagbo to hand over power to Ouattara
    01 april 2011 09:56:35
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika summit of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation that met in the Zambian tourist town of Livingstone has called on Laurent Gbagbo to hand over power to the internationally-recognized winner of the Ivorian presidential elections, Alassane Ouattara, with immediate effect in order to avoid further bloodshed. Full text...

  • Zuma for SADC summit in Zambia
    30 march 2011 09:08:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will attend Thursday's Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Troika Summit in Zambia, according to the Department of International Relations and Co-operation. Full text...

  • Togolese President hails ECOWAS for honouring father
    25 march 2011 08:59:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has expressed his happiness and gratitude to his fellow heads of state in ECOWAS for the bloc's decision to honour his father and three others for their roles in the establishment of the regional organisation. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sets up panel on allocation of positions
    25 march 2011 07:26:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has set up a five-member committee, at the level of heads of state, to review the modalities for the allocation of statutory positions within the organisation, according to a communique issued at the end of the bloc's summit here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS summit ends with far-reaching decisions
    24 march 2011 19:19:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 39th ordinary session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) rounded off in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Thursday with far-reaching decisions taken by the 10 Presidents and the two Vice Presidents who attended the meeting. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks UN mandate to oust Gbagbo
    24 march 2011 18:45:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday took a decisive step towards the removal of Cote d'Ivoire's recalcitrant outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo, requesting the UN to authorise the immediate implementation of the decisions by West African leaders in December 2010 on the situation in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ECOWAS lifts sanctions on Guinea, Niger
    24 march 2011 17:16:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Thursday re-admitted Guinea and Niger after lifting the suspension of their membership. Full text...

  • Nigeria elected into unprecedented 3rd term as ECOWAS Chair
    24 march 2011 15:42:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 39th ordinary summit of ECOWAS holding here Thursday elected Nigeria to an unprecedented third term as Chairman of the 15- member organization. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria may have been elected ECOWAS Chair to unprecedented 3rd term
    24 march 2011 14:39:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria may have been elected to an unprecedented third term as Chair of the Economic Community of West Africzn States (ECOWAS), informed sources at the ongoing ECOWAS Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS bestows honorary Ambassadorship on 4 distinguished citizens Thursday
    24 march 2011 11:40:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will later Thursday bestow honorary Ambassadorship on four distinguished citizens of West Africa for their contributions to the establishment and the successes recorded by the Community since it was founded in 1975. Full text...

  • Presidents of Benin, Burkina Faso cut short trip to ECOWAS summit
    24 march 2011 11:26:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Presidents Boni Yayi of Benin and Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso left the ongoing ECOWAS Summit in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, shortly after the opening ceremony Wednesday, because of the situation in their countries, PANA learnt from ECOWAS sources here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders meet on Cote d'Ivoire, others
    23 march 2011 10:46:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The worsening post-election crisis in Cote d'Ivoire will top the agenda of the 39th ordinary summit of ECOWAS due to open in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Wednesday (23March) about midday local time. Full text...

  • Malian President to attend ECOWAS summit in Abuja Wednesday
    22 march 2011 13:06:10
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure is due to leave Bamako Wednesday for Abuja, Nigeria's federal capital, to attend the 39th Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of the West Africa States (ECOWAS), PANA learnt here from an official source. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to review sanctions on Guinea, Niger
    14 march 2011 14:39:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is set to review the sanctions it imposed on two of its members, Guinea and Niger, after they contravened organisation's Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, ECOWAS Commission sources told PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • New date for postponed ECOWAS summit
    08 march 2011 10:05:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The postponed ordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will now hold 23-24 March 2011 in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, ECOWAS Commission sources told PANA here Tuesday.. Full text...

  • ECOWAS summit postponed
    10 february 2011 13:19:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), scheduled for Abuja, Nigeria, 17-18 Feb. 2011, has been postponed indefinitely, PANA learnt here Thursday from reliable sources. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Summit is appropriate opportunity to complete AU institutions, Libyan newspaper
    31 january 2011 22:42:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A Libyan newspaper has said the African Union summit is the appropriate opportunity to draw the attention of African leaders to the need to complete the setting up of AU institutions to implement the United States of Africa project. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Equatorial Guinea to host next AU summit
    31 january 2011 20:39:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The next African Union summit will be held from 29 to 30 June in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, African heads of State and government said on Monday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • AU leaders pledge to popularise African shared values towards continental unity
    31 january 2011 20:16:03
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African heads of state and government have committed themselves to reinforcing a deeper understanding and popularisation of shared values among African peoples, as a means of shaping the continent's future. Full text...

  • AU hails maturity of Tunisian people
    31 january 2011 12:55:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Though the revolution that swept long-time Tunisian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali out of power is not on the agenda of the ongoing African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the organization has hailed the ''political maturity'' of Tunisians in the expression of their aspirations for freedom, democracy and justice. Full text...

  • Human rights body faults choice of Nguema as AU chairman
    30 january 2011 16:43:32
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An African rights body Sunday expressed indignation after Equatorial Guinea President Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo assumed the Chairmanship of the African Union (AU) at the 16th ordinary summit of the continental organisation. Full text...

  • AU Summit: UN General Assembly president tips African leaders on development
    30 january 2011 14:41:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - It is vital for African leaders to ensure that the improvement of living conditions of the poorest populations is sustainable, current United Nations General Assembly president, Joseph Deiss, said here Sunday at the opening of the 16th ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • 'Bill Gates will not attend current AU Summit'
    30 january 2011 12:39:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Disappointed that he did not get the chance to address African leaders attending the 16th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, American businessman Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder, is staying away, PANA learnt Sunday from reliable sources in the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • AU Summit opens in Addis Ababa
    30 january 2011 07:51:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 16th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit opened here Sunday, with a closed-door session preceding the official opening ceremony, PANA reported from the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • EU commissioner attends AU Summit
    29 january 2011 17:57:10
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European commissioner in charge of development, Andris Piebalgs, left Brussels Saturday for Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to attend the 16th summit of heads of state and government of the African Union (AU), according to a communiqué issued in the Belgian capital. Full text...

  • Kibaki departs for AU Summit
    29 january 2011 14:01:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Saturday jetted out of the country for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 16th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • AU urged to implement monitoring mechanism
    29 january 2011 12:24:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has been charged to set up a mechanism to monitor the decisions taken by its various authorities to ensure implementation, Désiré Assogbavi, an official of Oxfam NGO said Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Mauritian PM to attend 16th African Union Summit
    28 january 2011 16:41:39
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Prime Minister, Navin Ramgoolam, will leave Saturday for Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, where he will participate in the 16th conference of heads of state and government of the African Union scheduled from 30 to 31 January. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Only 10% of AU decisions are applied by member states
    28 january 2011 15:53:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Nearly 10 per cent of the measures taken by the different authorities of the African Union (AU) are actually applied by member states, according to a report received Friday by PANA here, before the 16th summit of the pan-African organisation. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Gabon's self-proclaimed govt sends delegate to summit
    28 january 2011 15:42:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A delegate of Gabon's self-proclaimed government arrived here Friday to seek support of the African Union to rid his country of what he described as "the reign of an illegal power." Full text...

  • Deputy Secretary of State, Steinberg, leads US delegation to AU Summit
    28 january 2011 11:32:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - US Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg will lead the US delegation to the African Union (AU) summit opening here Sunday, the US Embassy here said Friday. Full text...

  • AU Summit: APRM leaders to name sixth eminent person
    28 january 2011 10:29:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of member countries of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) will appoint a sixth member of the Panel of Eminent Persons of this specialised organ of the African Union at the 14th summit of their forum 29 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it was officially announced Friday. Full text...

  • News feature: Whither Africa's common values?
    27 january 2011 14:29:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The freedom struggle in pre-independence Africa was fuelled by common values of the people under colonial domination to underpin Pan-Africanism that reaffirmed human dignity, irrespective of colour or creed. Full text...

  • Mauritanian president leaves for AU summit
    27 january 2011 10:50:21
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The president of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, left Nouakchott Thursday morning for Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to attend the 16th ordinary summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), due to start Sunday at the headquarters of the continental organisation. Full text...

  • Malian president for AU summit Saturday
    27 january 2011 10:44:25
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré will leave Bamako Saturday morning for Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, to take part in the the 16th ordinary summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • ECA chief cautions on risks facing Africa's economic growth
    27 january 2011 09:20:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Despite the fairly optimistic scenario of the African economy at present, there remains serious downside risks that can undermine stability as recent events in some countries show, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Executive Secretary Abdoulaye Janneh warned here Thursday. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea's Obiang N’Guema to be next AU chairman - Sources
    26 january 2011 20:12:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang N'Guema Mbasogo, would be the next chairman of the African Union (AU) at the close of the 16th summit of the Pan-African organisation scheduled for 24 to 31 January in Addis Ababa, diplomatic sources told PANA on Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council to tighten election creteria for future Commissioners
    26 january 2011 17:44:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Foreign Ministers kick off the Executive Council meeting of the African Union (AU) Thursday, to select a ministerial panel which is expected immediately to begin a head-hunt for Commissioners, whose posts could soon be converted to Secretaries, PANA reported. Full text...

  • AU says no intervention in North African pro-democracy protests
    26 january 2011 17:06:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said Wednesday it had no immediate plans to directly intervene in the gale of protests sweeping across North Africa, especially Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council session holds under the banner of shared values
    26 january 2011 12:20:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers constituting the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) will start a two-day session here Thursday to discuss what their countries consider to be common values that they could share in enhancing continental integration. Full text...

  • French president to address AU summit
    25 january 2011 12:37:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - French President Nicholas Sarkozy will be the guest of honour at the 16th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), scheduled to be held here 30-31 January 2011, the AU Commission announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU proposes US$256m budget for 2011
    25 january 2011 12:33:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African heads of state and government are expected to adopt a US$256 million budget of expenditure for the African Union (AU) during 2011, it was officially disclosed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • African envoys back Nigeria's diplomatic moves on Cote d'Ivoire
    25 january 2011 11:45:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Nigeria’s bid to secure an international approval for the use of “legitimate force” to oust President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire from power dominated debate on the sidelines of an African Union (AU) meeting underway here for the second day running. Full text...

  • AU told to upgrade power grabs to international crime
    21 january 2011 16:51:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) should make unconstitutional power seizure by the armed forces and civilian leaders manipulating constitutions to remain in power an international crime when the leaders meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next week, international think-tanks have proposed. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea's leader set for AU chairmanship (News Feature)
    21 january 2011 14:52:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea will assume the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) when his country hosts next week's gathering of African leaders to discuss leadership, graft and the rule of law. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD mini-summit on Cote d'Ivoire postponed
    11 january 2011 12:54:46
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - The extra-ordinary mini-summit of the Community of the Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) on the Ivorian crisis, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in the Chadian capital on the sidelines of the 50th anniversary of Chad's independence, has been postponed, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS extra-ordinary summit on Cote d'Ivoire opens
    24 december 2010 14:31:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The second extra-ordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has opened in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, with leaders from 10 member countries attending. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ECOWAS plans another extra-ordinary summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    20 december 2010 10:42:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to hold a second extra-ordinary summit 24 Dec. on the situation in Cote d'Ivoire, Full text...

  • Angola vice-president to attend Great Lakes summit
    14 december 2010 21:45:52
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Angolan vice-president, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, left Luanda on Tuesday for Lusaka, the capital Zambia, to participate in the summit of heads of state and government of the Great Lakes countries mainly devoted to the illegal exploitation of the sub-region’s natural resources. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders meet to discuss Cote d'Ivoire (Full Report)
    07 december 2010 14:40:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The extra-ordinary summit of ECOWAS leaders, called to discuss the situation in Cote d'Ivoire, opened in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Tuesday with leaders from seven Member States in attendance. Full text...

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