Politics - Summit
  • AU creates 'Jacques Diouf Prize' for food security
    03 july 2011 15:00:13
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - African leaders who met here 30 June-1 July have approved the creation of the 'Jacques Diouf Prize' for food security on the continent. Full text...

  • AU member states tasked on advancing youth agenda
    03 july 2011 12:35:29
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - African Union (AU) member countries have been urged to Full text...

  • Forex squeeze forces Malawi's Mutharika to skip AU Summit
    01 july 2011 17:41:35
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi 's acute depletion of foreign exchange (forex) reserves has forced the immediate-past chairman of the African Union (AU), President Bingu wa Mutharika, to skip the on-going AU summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinean. Full text...

  • Egypt to strengthen Afro-Arab ties
    01 july 2011 14:48:56
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egyptian Prime Minsiter Essam Sharaf said Thursday that his country was keen on playing a pivotal role in strengthening African-Arab ties. Full text...

  • Jean Ping puts revolts in Arab world down to youth economic problems
    30 june 2011 20:56:22
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) – The chairman of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, has on Thursday tackled the causes of the ongoing revolts in the Arab world, saying they are being caused by young peoples' aspirations for better economic and social conditions. Full text...

  • Pan African University in focus, as AU Summit opens
    30 june 2011 07:55:38
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - African Union's plan to establish the Pan African University (PAU), to meet the developmental needs of the continent and inject highly skilled manpower into the economic, political and socio-cultural sectors, will be in focus as African leaders begin their 17th Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Thursday, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • IGAD ministers upbeat over Somali military progress
    30 june 2011 07:40:34
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - East African foreign ministers are upbeat about the progress made by Somali government troops in taking territorial control over various parts of Mogadishu. Full text...

  • IGAD ministers recommend more targeted sanctions against Eritrea
    30 june 2011 07:30:04
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - East African foreign ministers have called for more targeted sanctions against Eritrea for supporting extremists to destabilize the region, according to a communiqué issued here. Full text...

  • Gambian President leaves for AU Summit
    29 june 2011 14:03:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, is due in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Wednesday to attend 17th African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President arrives Malabo for AU summit
    29 june 2011 12:09:28
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan arrived Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Wednesday for the 17th African Union (AU) Summit. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President leaves for AU summit
    29 june 2011 10:55:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan was due to leave Abuja Wednesday for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to attend the 30 June-1 July 17th AU summit, the presidency announced in a statement here. Full text...

  • Mauritanian President in Malabo for AU Summit
    29 june 2011 10:04:23
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz left here Wednesday morning for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to attend the 17th African Union (AU) summit, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Ghana’s President Mills leaves for AU Summit
    28 june 2011 19:47:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s President John Evans Atta Mills on Tuesday left Accra for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, to attend the 17th Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Civil society groups urge AU member states to address youth issues
    28 june 2011 18:14:53
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The 18th pre-summit of civil society organizations, held on 27-28 June on the sidelines of the 17th summit of the African Union (AU), has urged AU member states to consider the contribution of youth to sustainable development, peace and security in Africa. Full text...

  • AU's plan to hold Global African Diaspora Summit on course
    28 june 2011 10:56:57
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The Technical Committee on the holding of the Global African Diaspora Summit, scheduled for South Africa in the second half of 2012, has reported progress in the planning of the summit. Full text...

  • AU ponders creation of agency for infrastructural development
    27 june 2011 15:04:02
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - African leaders meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, later this week will consider a study on the establishment of the Institutional Architecture for Infrastructure Development in Africa (IAIDA), to provide an essential tool in building an integrated continent through its infrastructure, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • AU Commission chair hails revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt
    27 june 2011 12:51:59
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt this year reflect the need to consolidate democracy in Africa, African Union Commission President Jean Ping said in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Full text...

  • AUC faces financial constraint due to low contributions from member states
    27 june 2011 09:22:30
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) faces a serious financial constraint as only nine out of the 53 AU member states have fully paid their assessed contribution for the year 2011, PANA has learnt from AU sources, ahead of this week's summit of the continental body. Full text...

  • Africa moves to ban female genital mutilation
    26 june 2011 13:56:47
    Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - Prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is part of the agenda of the 19th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council which opened here Sunday. Full text...

  • African ambassadors meet in Malabo ahead of AU summit
    23 june 2011 12:08:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) composed of ambassadors to the African Union (AU) opens its regular session on Thursday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, ahead of the Foreign Ministers’ meeting scheduled for 26-28 June. Full text...

  • SADC leaders increase pressure on Mugabe
    13 june 2011 08:40:25
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has urged Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to make democratic reforms ahead of scheduled elections. Full text...

  • SADC, COMESA, EAC meeting underway in Johannesburg
    11 june 2011 12:01:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) began a meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday to address a number of political issues, most notably the situation in Madagascar and Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Niger’s president hails outcome of G8, UEMOA summits
    31 may 2011 22:23:06
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the outcomes of the G8 summit of Deauville, France, and that of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) held on Monday in Lomé, the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Guinean President for G8 summit
    25 may 2011 12:04:31
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinean President Alpha Conde was due in France Wednesday at the invitation of his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, to attend the G8 summit, scheduled for Deauville 26-27 May, an official source announced here. Full text...

  • Ghana VP for AU extra-ordinary summit on Libya
    24 may 2011 13:26:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s Vice President John Dramani Mahama will attend the extra-ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week, according to an official statement issued in Accra on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritian PM due in Namibia for SADC summit
    19 may 2011 11:33:51
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam departed the island Thursday for Namibia, to attend the extraordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), scheduled for Friday in Port Louis, the Namibian capital. Full text...

  • Burundian President in Dar-es-Salam for EAC summit (Corrected)
    18 april 2011 10:49:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza arrived in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, on Sunday evening to attend the 9th summit of Heads of State of the East African Community (EAC), of which he holds the rotational presidency. Full text...

  • 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...

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