• AfDB organizes workshop on sustainable industrialization of the timber sector in Congo Basin countries
    08 september 2018 12:17:54
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, through its Regional Office for Development and Service Delivery for Central Africa (DRGC), is to organize a workshop on the restitution of the regional study on the sustainable industrialization of Africa. Wood sector in the countries of the Congo Basin. Full text...

  • ‘Children’s crisis’ in South Sudan must be addressed, says top UN official
    08 september 2018 05:22:01
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Virginia Gamba, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, on Friday called for much greater accountability and effort, to prevent grave violations against children across the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan. Full text...

  • Countries set to take on deadly livestock-killing disease
    08 september 2018 05:14:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Gathered at a major United Nations agricultural conference, over 45 countries on Friday pledged to eradicate by 2030 a highly contagious and devastating disease responsible for the death of millions of small farm animals, at cost of more than $2 billion each year. Full text...

  • Universal Postal Union meets to define its 21st Century role
    08 september 2018 05:07:48
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Universal Postal Union (UPU), one of the world’s oldest international organizations, has met in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to improve its working practices and define its role in the modern world. Full text...

  • UN police investigating killing of displaced people in CAR
    08 september 2018 05:01:40
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Perpetrators behind the killing of a number of people displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) must be brought to justice, the UN peacekeeping operation in the country said on Friday. Full text...

  • 2019 AFCON men's qualifiers: Day 2, group matches this weekend
    08 september 2018 04:55:08
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Below are all Day 2, group fixtures in the qualifiers for the 2019 men's African Nations Cup (AFCON), to be played across Africa on Saturday and Sunday. Full text...

  • UN Chief for Human Rights warns DRC authorities on suppression of peaceful protests
    07 september 2018 17:07:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday expressed deep concern about the unending violent suppression of peaceful protests by civil society organizations and opposition political parties ahead of the electoral campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • World Bank launches flagship infrastructure project in Somalia
    07 september 2018 15:44:11
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the World Bank have launched a flagship infrastructure project in the Horn of Africa country, Somali Urban Resilience Project (SURP), worth US$ 9 million, stating that it will be the first national test case for municipal infrastructure delivery. Full text...

  • IMF says Botswana has truly benefited from its mineral wealth
    07 september 2018 14:19:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Revenues from diamond mines in Botswana, combined with sound economic policies, have helped build infrastructure and kept the economy stable, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Friday, affirming that the southern Africa country is one of the few in sub-Saharan Africa that has truly benefited from its mineral wealth. Full text...

  • 2019 CAF U-17 men's AFCON: Nigeria qualify for semi-final in West Zone B qualifier
    07 september 2018 14:16:00
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - After losing their first match (3-2 to Burkina Faso), Nigeria on Thursday powered past Cote d'Ivoire, scoring 5 goals and conceded just one in a Group B match in the West Zone B qualifiers for the 2019 CAF Under-17 men's football championship, which will take place in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Nigerian Prisons Service bags 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy
    07 september 2018 13:22:45
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has been awarded the 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy for the ‘National Open University of Nigeria - Prison Study Centres and Inmates General Education Programme’. Full text...

  • AfDB approves US$15 million Equity Investment to boost SME growth in West Africa
    07 september 2018 13:03:03
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$ 15 million equity investment in Verod Capital Growth Fund III, a private equity fund that will make investments in high growth middle market companies in Anglophone West Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Gambia. Full text...

  • AfDB's IDEV opens development evaluation week in Abidjan
    07 september 2018 12:55:05
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - AfDB's Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) opened its biennial Development Evaluation Week on Thursday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, attended by more than 400 government policy- and decision-makers, representatives from development partners, research and academic institutions, evaluation associations and the civil society. Full text...

  • Friday's exchange rates for Mauritian Rupee
    07 september 2018 11:29:21
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The following are Friday's exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee as announced by the Mauritian Commercial Bank. Full text...

  • Displaced Ethiopians, returnees need continued support - UNHCR
    07 september 2018 11:09:43
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urging more support for the nearly one million people displaced by recent violence in South Western Ethiopia, including those who have returned home. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army says it killed 14 Boko Haram terrorists, rescued 21 civilians on Thursday
    07 september 2018 09:15:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Army on Friday said its troops have killed 14 Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Some 56,000 Nigerian refugees to be repatriated from Niger
    07 september 2018 09:14:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday announced that it is to repatriate about 56,000 Nigerian Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Difa, Niger Republic. Full text...

  • Greek experts train Nigerians in fishing
    07 september 2018 07:08:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Eight Greek experts in the maritime industry have started a training programme for 2,500 Nigerian beneficiaries. Full text...

  • Morocco arrests 2 sub-Saharan Africans over illegal migration
    07 september 2018 06:57:18
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco has arrested two sub-Saharan Africans over their suspected involvement in organising illegal migration in the northeastern town of Nador, said a statement of the ministry of interior on Thursday. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity calls for creation of spaces for youth to thrive
    07 september 2018 06:51:23
    Abuja, Nigeria, (PANA) - Youth living in emergencies need safe spaces where they have freedom of expression and experience mutual respect and constructive dialogue, humanitarian charity the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) has said. Full text...

  • ‘Legally binding’ nuclear-test ban essential to prevent ‘catastrophic impact’, says UN chief
    07 september 2018 06:41:28
    New York, US (PANA) - On the annual observance of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the “inextricable connection” between testing and eliminating nuclear weapons across the world. Full text...

  • Verdict against South Sudan soldiers ‘finally delivers justice’ – UN Mission
    07 september 2018 06:30:19
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has applauded the verdict by a military court on Thursday, that found 10 government soldiers guilty of murder, rape and other crimes against civilians and journalists at a hotel in the capital Juba, just over two years ago. Full text...

  • 2019 CAF U-17 men's AFCON: Nigeria hammer Cote d'Ivoire 5-1, raise qualification hope
    06 september 2018 19:20:14
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Nigeria on Thursday powered past Cote d'Ivoire, scoring 5 goals and conceded just one in a Group B match in the West Zone B qualifiers for the 2019 CAF Under-17 men's football championship, which will take place in Tanzania. Full text...

  • AfDB to support economic diversification, stronger public policies in Equatorial Guinea
    06 september 2018 15:02:30
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) group has committed to support Equatorial Guinea’s economic diversification into agro-industry and a program of capacity building to foster public policies. Full text...

  • “Africa is the place to be,” AfDB President tells Chinese business leaders
    06 september 2018 14:55:03
    Beijing, China (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has urged Chinese business leaders to attend the Africa Investment Forum, scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7-9 November, 2018. Full text...

  • Nigerian Air Force begins fresh offensive against Boko Haram terrorists in Lake Chad Basin
    06 september 2018 13:16:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Thursday said its Air Task Force (ATF) has commenced ‘Operation Thunder Strike 2’ against Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • South African Army Chief tasks African militaries on regional cooperation
    06 september 2018 13:08:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – South African Army Chief, Lt.-Gen. Lindile Yam, on Thursday tasked participants of course 27 at the National Defence College, Nigeria, to imbibe the spirit of regional cooperation as part of their leadership skills.Full text...

  • FAO Food Price Index holds steady in August
    06 september 2018 09:35:13
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The FAO Food Price Index remained stable in August, as cereal prices rebounded while vegetable oils and sugar declined, the UN food agency reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Thursday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    06 september 2018 09:22:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Thursday's exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • Thursday's exchange rates for Mauritian Rupee
    06 september 2018 09:17:02
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The following are Thursday's exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee as announced by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • IMF suggests public sector reform to enhance growth in Botswana
    06 september 2018 07:32:10
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – International Monetary Fund (IMF) Directors have underscored the importance of adjusting Botswana’s development model to boost growth potential, lower unemployment, and promote diversification in the southern Africa country.Full text...

  • Morocco signs Global Compact for Universal Health Coverage
    06 september 2018 06:53:49
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco has signed the Global Compact for Universal Health Coverage 2030, thus consolidating the commitment of the country in favour of medical coverage by 2030, according to said a statement released by the Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • Lesotho gripped in economic shock from declining revenues of SACU
    06 september 2018 06:40:09
    Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) – Lesotho authorities must focus efforts on addressing the public sector wage bill, which is one of the largest in the world compared to the size of the economy, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission has recommended at the end of a two-week visit to the country’s capital, Maseru, to discuss the authorities’ economic and financial programme and possible financial support by the Fund. Full text...

  • Half of world’s teens experience peer violence in and around school – UNICEF
    06 september 2018 06:04:38
    New York, US (PANA) – Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million – report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school, according to a new report released by UNICEF on Thursday. Full text...

  • WHO congratulates South Africa on the end of the world’s largest listeriosis outbreak
    06 september 2018 05:45:52
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has congratulated South Africa and all those involved in ending the outbreak of listeriosis in the country for their efforts. It has also called for continued work on strengthening the country’s food safety system. Full text...

  • Peace must be built ‘block after block’ - UN General Assembly President
    06 september 2018 05:33:52
    New York, US (PA NA) - Under the theme of charting “A Credible Pathway to Sustaining Peace,” Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd General Assembly, convened this year’s one-day High-level Forum for Member States and others on Wednesday, to further promote a global culture of peace. Full text...

  • UN investigators say serious rights violations ongoing in Burundi
    06 september 2018 05:28:05
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Serious rights violations are continuing in Burundi, including summary executions and hate speech at the highest level of government, UN-appointed investigators said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN official welcomes latest dev'ts in ‘landmark’ Malawi albinism murder case
    06 september 2018 05:20:55
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The top United Nations representative in Malawi is urging the Government to promptly prosecute those allegedly responsible for the death of a young man with albinism whose butchered body was found earlier this year. Full text...

  • Runaway climate change still “a real possibility”: UN Secretary-General
    06 september 2018 05:15:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Greater ambition, urgency and action are needed if we are to prevent ever greater climate-related crises, said UN Chief Antonió Guterres on Wednesday, at the launch of the 2018 New Climate Economy report, at UN Headquarters in New York. Full text...

  • Libya has ‘lurched from one emergency to another,’ high-level UN official says
    06 september 2018 05:09:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The status quo in Libya is “untenable,” Ghassan Salamé, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 2019 CAF U-17 men's AFCON: Niger, Ghana draw 0-0 in Group A qualifying match
    05 september 2018 19:51:28
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Hosts Niger on Wednesday drew 0-0 with Ghana in a Group A match in the West Zone B qualifiers for the 2019 CAF Under-17 men's football championship, which will take place in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Stop regression on sexual, reproductive rights of women and girls, UN experts urge
    05 september 2018 18:54:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Rollback and regression on respect for international human rights norms threatens the sexual and reproductive health rights of women, including women with disabilities, UN human rights experts warned Wednesday. Full text...

  • China backs AU goal to silence guns in Africa by 2020
    05 september 2018 18:31:25
    Beijing, PR China (PANA) – President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s support for the African Union’s goal of silencing the guns by 2020, as well as the integration of the continent. Full text...

  • China backs AU goal to silence guns in Africa by 2020
    05 september 2018 18:28:05
    Beijing, PR China (PANA) – President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s support for the African Union’s goal of silencing the guns by 2020, as well as the integration of the continent. Full text...

  • World Bank VP in Algeria to strengthen partnership in inclusive growth, job creation
    05 september 2018 18:02:29
    Washington, US PANA) - World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, Ferid Belhaj is in on a two-day visit to Algeria from Wednesday to reaffirm the Bank’s support for the national goals of transforming the economy and unlocking the potential of the country’s large youth population, the Bank said. Full text...

  • ANC calls for immediate stimulus package as SA economy dips into recession
    05 september 2018 17:32:52
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has called for ‘aggressiveness’ in implementing an economic recovery package after Stats SA announced on Tuesday that South Africa had slipped into its first technical recession since 2009. Full text...

  • Tedros outlines steps to transform WHO
    05 september 2018 17:09:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Seeking to transform the World Health Organization (WHO), Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the UN agency needs to make several major organizational shifts to truly fulfil its mission and mandate. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Champions league: CAF unveils quarter-final fixtures
    05 september 2018 17:07:21
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Following the draws made on Monday in Cairo, Egypt, CAF has unveiled the quarter-final fixtures in the 2018 CAF Champions league. Full text...

  • Malagasy national nabbed with heroin at Mauritius airport
    05 september 2018 17:05:48
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) has arrested a female Malagasy national at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam international airport, Plaisance, carrying 216g of heroin. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Confed. Cup: Quarter-final fixtures unveiled
    05 september 2018 13:15:48
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Below are the first-leg, quarter-final fixtures of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup, according to the CAF media channel, which said draws for the knockout phase were conducted on Monday in Cairo, Egypt. Full text...


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