• Zambian appointed new Secretary General of COMESA
    18 july 2018 13:02:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's former Deputy Finance Minister Chileshe Kapwepwe has been appointed as Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), becoming the first woman to occupy that position. Full text...

  • COMESA outgoing Secretary General calls for demolition of artificial boundaries
    18 july 2018 11:07:25
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Outgoing Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has called on leaders of the economic bloc to cooperate more so as to destroy the artificial boundaries that were bequeathed to Africa by colonialism. Full text...

  • COMESA summit begins in Lusaka
    18 july 2018 10:22:16
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The 20th Summit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Heads of State and Government began on Wednesday in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, with high level discussions anchored on transforming the region’s economy through adoption of digital technologies and scaling up value addition and beneficiation.Full text...

  • IAAF denies locking women out of athletics
    18 july 2018 10:02:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has not and will never try to prevent women from participating in athletics, the global athletics governing body has said. Full text...

  • IAAF backs push for gender equity in leadership positions
    18 july 2018 09:53:53
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Last weekend's sixth edition of the Women in World Athletics (WIWA) conference in London reflects the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) push for gender equity in sports leadership, the global athletics governing body says. Full text...

  • Wednesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    18 july 2018 09:38:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Mobile banking services worst hit by identity theft, fraud in Kenya
    18 july 2018 08:52:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The safety and convenience of mobile banking services have been severely hit by fraud involving the rapid swapping of SIM cards, according to Myriad Connect, a digital software applications firm.Full text...

  • Alarming lack of funding claims lives, warns humanitarian organisation
    18 july 2018 07:04:18
    London, UK (PANA) - A humanitarian charity is warning that half way into the year, humanitarian organizations have only received 35 per cent of the money needed for relief worldwide. Full text...

  • Somalia is opening a 'new chapter of its history', declares UN official
    18 july 2018 06:46:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A high-level gathering of representatives from the Somali government and the international community, including the United Nations, ended in Brussels on Tuesday with renewed commitment to support the Horn of Africa country’s progress in a range of areas, such as state and peace-building efforts. Full text...

  • Signs of democratic progress in West Africa, Sahel amid ‘devastating’ violence - UN
    18 july 2018 06:39:18
    New York, US (PANA) - There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Confed. Cup: Day 3, Group Stage fixtures on Wednesday
    18 july 2018 06:30:42
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Here are the fixtures for Day 3, Group Stage of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup, to be played across Africa on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Champions league: All Day 3 results, latest standings
    17 july 2018 21:35:42
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Here are all the results from Day 3, Group matches and latest standings in the 2018 CAF Champions league, played across Africa on Tuesday.Full text...

  • ICC marks 20 anniversary of Rome Statute
    17 july 2018 19:48:28
    The Hague, The Netherlands (PANA) - A two-day event was held at the headquarters of International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 16-17 July to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC. Full text...

  • UN marks 100 years since Mandela’s birth with a vow to continue struggle for equality
    17 july 2018 19:43:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Taking stock of his “vast” legacy for mankind, the United Nations will mark 100 years since the birth of the late anti-Apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AUC Chair hails renewed friendly relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia
    17 july 2018 16:31:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has commended the Eritrean and Ethiopian leaders for their steadfast efforts to enhance reconciliation, trust and cooperation between their two countries. Full text...

  • Obama salutes Mandela in stirring speech
    17 july 2018 15:44:14
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Former United States President Barack Obama, on Tuesday saluted global icon Nelson Mandela in a stirring address to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. Full text...

  • Sahel Alliance delegation visits AfDB to intensify dialogue with G5 countries
    17 july 2018 15:04:44
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - A team from the Sahel Alliance Secretariat, led by Jean-Marc Gravellini, Head of the Sahel Alliance Coordination Unit, will visit the African Development Bank (AfDB) headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, from 18 to 19 July, 2018. Full text...

  • Tuesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    17 july 2018 12:58:55
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Tuesday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Sudan to participate in COMESA summit meeting
    17 july 2018 11:52:44
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Vice President Hassabu Mohamed Abdul Rahman left Khartoum on Tuesday for Lusaka at the head of a Sudanese delegation to participate in the two-day summit meeting of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), which opens in the Zambian capital on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS deploys observers to Mali ahead of 29 July presidential poll
    17 july 2018 11:17:07
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Twenty ECOWAS Long-Term Observers (LTOs) have been deployed across four of Mali’s eight administrative regions and Bamako District, the nation’s capital, ahead of the country’s July 29 crucial presidential election. Full text...

  • Tuesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    17 july 2018 10:34:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Tuesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Tuesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    17 july 2018 09:03:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Tuesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • FAO reiterates support to Portuguese-speaking countries to eradicate hunger, malnutrition
    17 july 2018 08:59:31
    Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde (PANA) - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on Monday reiterated his support to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) in the implementation of their Regional Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition to eradicate hunger and ensure adequate food in the Lusophone countries. Full text...

  • Congolese Rhumba star Koffi Olomide faces arrest in Zambia
    17 july 2018 08:51:32
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian promoters of the show hosting popular Congolese Rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide have vowed to go ahead with his planned shows in Zambia despite the warning of the government that he will be arrested upon arrival.Full text...

  • Protecting, sustainably managing forests crucial for achieving SDGs - FAO says
    17 july 2018 07:14:40
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Senior government officials from around the world on Monday gathered at FAO to focus on ways to step up global efforts in the forestry sector aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Full text...

  • Sand, dust storms, a 'human well-being' issue, says high level panel
    17 july 2018 07:07:37
    New York, US (PANA) - From higher morbidity and mortality rates to reduced economic growth, the impact of sand and dust storms can be major, especially for lower-income nations and vulnerable communities. Full text...

  • UN officials highlight need for continued support for Somalia
    17 july 2018 06:37:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Speaking at the first day of the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels on Monday, senior United Nations officials commended the country’s government for its efforts in political reform, security, economic development, and recovery and humanitarian assistance – while flagging the need for further progress and international support for these efforts. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Champions League: Day 3, Group Stage fixtures on Tuesday
    17 july 2018 06:32:20
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Here are the fixtures for Day 3, Group Stage of the 2018 CAF Champions League, to be played on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNICEF says record number of children vaccinated in 2017
    16 july 2018 19:52:19
    New York, US (PANA) - A record 123 million children were immunized globally in 2017, according to data released on Monday by the World Health Organization and UN children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • 'Status quo in Libya cannot be sustained,' UN Envoy tells Security Council
    16 july 2018 19:49:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite encouraging signs on the political and humanitarian front, efforts must be sustained and intensified in Libya to avoid further “economic collapse, the breakdown of public services, and more frequent and intense outbreaks of violence”, said the United Nations Special Envoy for the country on Monday. Full text...

  • Dancing Kogelo folks welcome former US President Obama
    16 july 2018 18:04:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former US President Barack Obama, arrived in his father's ancestral home of Nyan'goma village in Alego, on Monday, where dancing relatives thronged the streets, singing and dancing to welcome him. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts International Peace Summit
    16 july 2018 17:42:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – South Africa will play host to “African Leaders of Peace Summit” which will gather ministers, civil society organisations, youth, Nobel laureates, among others, to discuss in August: “Achieving Peace in Our Lifetime”, organisers confirmed on Monday. Full text...

  • COMESA Summit to admit Tunisia, Somalia as new members
    16 july 2018 17:36:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Tunisia and Somalia are expected to join the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) during the 20th COMESA Summit taking place 18-19 July, in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. Full text...

  • COMESA Council adopts Internship Programme to facilitate youth employment
    16 july 2018 17:32:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers, meeting ahead of the COMESA Summit, has adopted a Youth Internship Volunteer Programme to facilitate youth employment. Full text...

  • COMESA ministers celebrate Ethiopia–Eritrea peace deal
    16 july 2018 14:08:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers has celebrated the peace deal reached between Ethiopia and Eritrea which effectively ended a 20-year hostility between the two states. Full text...

  • Legal battle mars Mandela anniversary celebrations
    16 july 2018 14:00:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days before the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, the family of the former global statesman have launched a fresh legal battle over his estate. Full text...

  • UNESCO, partner organize workshop on 21st Century Skills assessment
    16 july 2018 13:55:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Teaching and Learning - Educators' Network for Transformation (TALENT), a network coordinated by UNESCO, in collaboration with Brookings Institution and Global Partnership for Education, is organizing a workshop on the 21st Century Skills assessment. Full text...

  • Obama visits Kogelo ancestral home
    16 july 2018 13:37:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Former US president Barrack Obama, is in Kenya to launch, among other projects, the Sauti Kuu Centre in Kogelo, western Kenya. Full text...

  • Buhari, high level dignitaries to attend commemorative event on ICC's 20th anniversary
    16 july 2018 11:03:25
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is among high-level representatives of States, including those of national Senates and Parliaments that will gather in The Hague, Netherlands, on 16-17 July to reflect on the enduring value of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to humanity. Full text...

  • ICC member countries urged to step up efforts to advance justice
    16 july 2018 10:26:57
    New York, US (PANA) – Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should increase their support for the court in the face of increasing challenges to delivering justice, Human Rights Watch said on Monday, as the court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, adopted on 17 July 1998 chalks 20 years. Full text...

  • COMESA extends Kenyan sugar industry protectionist measure
    16 july 2018 09:25:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Kenya has secured an extension of a protectionist measure to shield local sugar companies from extreme competition from regional sugar exporters in Eastern and Southern Africa, Kenya's foreign ministry officials said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Monday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    16 july 2018 08:04:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Monday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • 2022 FIFA WC: Russia hands over World Cup 'baton' to Qatar
    16 july 2018 07:04:39
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and FIFA President Gianni Infantino have taken part in a ceremony on Sunday to hand over the role of FIFA World Cup hosts from Russia to Qatar.Full text...

  • Rights group says Chadians forced to pay heavy price for harsh austerity measures
    16 july 2018 06:46:17
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International on Monday published a report that criticises the Chadian authorities for a host of austerity measures that are pushing people into deeper poverty, undermining access to necessary health care and putting education beyond the reach of many. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Awards at the 2018 tournament in Russia
    15 july 2018 18:06:06
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The following are the award winners at the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: France beat Croatia 4-2 to lift trophy
    15 july 2018 17:43:24
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - France on Sunday won the 2018 FIFA World Cup when they beat Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling final match played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: 2018 FIFA WC: France beat Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup
    15 july 2018 16:54:27
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - France on Sunday beat Croatia 4-2 to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the final match played in Moscow. Full text...

  • CAF VP Amaju Pinnick to meet with FIFA Council member candidates in Moscow
    15 july 2018 11:36:43
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - CAF 1st Vice President Amaju Pinnick who doubles as the Nigeria Football federation (NFF) President, is scheduled to meet with candidates for the vacant FIFA council member (CAF) position for Africa in Moscow on Sunday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Factfile as Croatia seek maiden World Cup win
    15 july 2018 11:24:53
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The greatest spectacle on earth is coming close to its extravagant ending, when France take on Croatia in the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Full text...

  • AfDB launches Africa Investment Forum Road across North Africa
    15 july 2018 10:56:21
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - From 13 to 29 July, 2018, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will present the Africa Investment Forum (AIF), the largest investment market in Africa, in North Africa, in a regional road show preceding the first ever Africa Investment Forum, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7 to 9 November, 2018. Full text...


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