• IFAD chief visits Angola focusing on food security, rural communities
    03 april 2018 17:53:12
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) –International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Gilbert F. Houngbo is due here on Wednesday for a three-day official visit during which he will meet Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço and other government officials to discuss investing in rural communities to improve food security and provide employment opportunities for rural youth.Full text...

  • AU Border Programme marks 3 crossing corridors between Sudan, South Sudan
    03 april 2018 16:36:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Border Programme (AUBP), through its technical team (AUBPTT), has completed the first phase of marking three of the ten crossing points along the corridors of the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) between South Sudan and Sudan. Full text...

  • Trapped Rwandan miners rescued after 4 days underground
    03 april 2018 16:07:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Four workers trapped inside a mine in Eastern Rwanda have been rescued after spending almost 4 days underground, a senior administrative official in the region confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Women's AFCON qualifiers: Mali advance to 2nd round without kicking the ball
    03 april 2018 16:03:56
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Mali have advanced to the second round of the 2018 CAF Women's AFCON qualifier following the withdrawal of their first-round opponent, Sierra Leone.Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Women's AFCON qualifiers: 1si-leg, 1st-round fixtures
    03 april 2018 13:49:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are the first-leg, first-round fixtures in the qualifiers for the 2018 CAF Women's AFCON. Full text...

  • Tuesday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    03 april 2018 13:27:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Tuesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    03 april 2018 12:01:14
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Following are Tuesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Heightened political tension may dent business climate in Guinea-Bissau, IMF warns
    03 april 2018 09:58:32
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) – Strong growth of government revenue and contained expenditure, sharply narrowed Guinea-Bissau’s overall fiscal deficit on commitment basis from 4.7 percent of GDP in 2016 to 1.5 percent in 2017, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Rights group says security crisis deepens in Mali
    03 april 2018 09:50:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A mass grave uncovered in central Mali is the latest grim confirmation that the security situation in the region has reached crisis point, human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI), said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Sudan congratulates Egyptian President al-Sisi on re-election
    03 april 2018 09:09:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has congratulated Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on his re-election for a second four-year term. Full text...

  • Tuesday's forex rates for Mauritian Rupee
    03 april 2018 09:02:51
    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...

  • Sudan congratulates new Ethiopian Premier
    03 april 2018 09:01:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudan has congratulated Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali on his assumption of office as the new Prime Minister for Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Tuesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    03 april 2018 08:39:21
    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...

  • Israel 'suspends' deal with UNHCR for Eritrean, Sudanese refugees
    03 april 2018 06:50:47
    Jerusalem, Israel (PANA) - Israel says it has suspended an agreement signed on Monday with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to promote solutions for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel. Full text...

  • UN condemns attack on civilians in northeast Nigeria
    03 april 2018 06:31:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Denouncing an attack on civilians in Nigeria’s restive north-east region, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and ensure the protection of civilians.Full text...

  • UNHCR, Israel sign agreement to find solutions for Eritrean, Sudanese refugees
    02 april 2018 20:48:04
    Jerusalem, Israel (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the State of Israel on Monday signed a Framework of Common Understanding to promote solutions for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel. Full text...

  • AU pays tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
    02 april 2018 19:28:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Expressing “great shock and profound sadness” following the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, described her as “an icon of the liberation struggle against Apartheid”. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson congratulates Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister
    02 april 2018 19:25:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Monday congratulated Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali on his confirmation as the new Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, following the resignation of his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa visits Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home
    02 april 2018 19:23:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday visited the Soweto home of liberation hero Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who died earlier in the day. Full text...

  • South Africa's Mother of the Nation dead at 81
    02 april 2018 18:47:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tributes are flooding in for South Africa’s “Mother of the Nation” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who died on Monday afternoon following a long illness. She was 81. Full text...

  • IGAD congratulates new Prime Minister of Ethiopia
    02 april 2018 15:46:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has congratulated Dr. Abiy Ahmed for his election as the new Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Full text...

  • South Africa’s Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passes on
    02 april 2018 15:04:17
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, veteran of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) and ex-wife of former president Nelson Mandela, has died, it was confirmed here on Monday. Full text...

  • Bashir calls on Sudanese rebel movements to take part in constitution drafting
    02 april 2018 14:37:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Bashir on Monday renewed his call to armed rebel movements to lay down arms, join the peace process and form political parties for participation in drafting a permanent constitution of Sudan. Full text...

  • Monday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    02 april 2018 13:49:43
    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...

  • AU, UN Special Envoys assess funding for AMISOM
    02 april 2018 12:46:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Envoys of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have emphasized a gradual shift of security responsibilities from the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia to the Somali security forces, without retrogressing the progress already made in securing the country. Full text...

  • Candidates in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off sign accord on ballot tallying
    02 april 2018 12:06:01
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Candidates in Saturday's Sierra Leone's presidential run-off election on Monday signed an agreement in Freetown on the procedure for tallying of ballots before the results are announced.Full text...

  • 2019 U-20 AFCON qualifiers: All 1st-leg, 1st-round results
    02 april 2018 11:34:34
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Here are all the results from the first-leg, first-round matches for the 2019 CAF Under-20 African Nations Cup qualifiers, played across Africa at the weekend. Full text...

  • FAO espouses agroecology for sustainable food systems (A FAO feature)
    02 april 2018 09:35:05
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - More with less. This is the challenge and the mantra for our future. There will be many more of us in the years to come. We will go from a population of 7.6 billion today to 9.8 billion in 2050; yet with our current rate of usage, there will be less fresh water, less arable soil, less available land for agriculture or clean, fruitful seas for fisheries. This is calling into question how we are doing things now and pushing us to find solutions for the future. Full text...

  • Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister assumes office
    02 april 2018 09:33:13
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister, Abiye Ahimed Ali, took the oath of office on Monday succeeding Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned in February. Full text...

  • AMISOM troops repulse Al Shabaab terrorists from three AU bases
    02 april 2018 07:59:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, has lauded the AU troops in Lower Shabelle region for the gallantry they displayed, during a confrontation with Al-Shabaab earlier on Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers give thumbs-up to Sierra Leone's presidential run-off poll
    02 april 2018 05:00:43
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The ECOWAS Observation Mission has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of Sierra Leone’s 31 March rescheduled presidential run-off vote despite some challenges including the “intimidating” presence of security in a particular polling centre in Kenema district and the conflicting number of police officers deployed to one polling centre in Freetown’s Western Area Urban. Full text...

  • Zambia expels Cuban Ambassador for attending launch of opposition Socialist party
    01 april 2018 19:21:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has expelled the Cuban Ambassador accredited to Zambia. Full text...

  • Rape-accused South African sports administrator quits
    01 april 2018 18:15:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan, on Sunday announced the appointment of his deputy, Xolile Nkompela, as the association's acting president. Full text...

  • International poll observers meet ahead of Sierra Leone poll result
    01 april 2018 15:39:08
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Heads of International Observation Missions met in Freetown on Sunday ahead of the announcement of official results of Sierra Leone's closely-watched March 31 presidential run-off election. Full text...

  • Why Easter celebration signals a call to action to reverse Africa’s cocoa paradox (An AfDB Feature)
    01 april 2018 13:03:54
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Around the world, chocolate in all shapes and sizes symbolize Easter and bring joy to millions of kids and adults alike. And the demand for chocolate will most likely continue to increase, according to experts. Full text...

  • 2019 U-20 AFCON qualifiers: Benin through to 2nd round, other results
    01 april 2018 10:51:53
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Benin have qualified for the second round of the qualifiers for the 2019 CAF Under-20 African Nations Cup, to be held in Niger, without kicking the ball. Full text...

  • Smooth transfer of leadership, as Botswana celebrate new dawn
    01 april 2018 10:28:53
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana continues to be a beacon of democracy on the African continent, as the country swore in its fifth President, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi.Full text...

  • Malian surrendered to ICC for war crimes
    01 april 2018 10:23:28
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) says a Malian, Mr Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, was surrendered to the Court on Saturday by the Malian authorities and arrived at the Court's detention centre in the Netherlands. Full text...

  • Christians celebrate Easter
    01 april 2018 10:17:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Christians are on Sunday celebrating Easter, the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Full text...

  • Vote counting under way in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off poll
    31 march 2018 18:34:14
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Ballots are being counted in Sierra Leone after the official end of voting at 5 pm (GMT) in the West African country's rescheduled presidential run-off election on Saturday.Full text...

  • Voting ends in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off election
    31 march 2018 17:12:32
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Polls have officially closed in Sierra Leone's rescheduled presidential run-off election to choose the country's 5th president since independence from Britain in 1961. Full text...

  • CAF Bureau in Madagascar inaugurated
    31 march 2018 15:11:47
    Mahajanga, Madagascar (PANA) - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has opened its bureau in Madagascar, located in Mahajanga, a city in the northwest coast of the country. Full text...

  • UPDATE: Polls open in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off vote
    31 march 2018 10:54:57
    Freetown, SiedrraLeone (PANA) - Voting kicked off slowly on Saturday in Sierra Leone's rescheduled presidential run-off election to choose the country's 5th president since its independence from Britain in 1961. Full text...

  • Bashir says peace achieved in Darfur
    31 march 2018 10:40:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) — President Omar Bashir of Sudan has declared that peace and stability have been achieved in Darfur region and will be reached in the "Two Areas" of South Kordofan and Blue Nile shortly. Full text...

  • Saturday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    31 march 2018 10:29:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Saturday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Nigeria’s economic recovery buoys activity in neighbouring Benin
    31 march 2018 09:19:03
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Benin’s economic activity in 2017 remained strong, buoyed by record cotton production and the recovery of the neighbouring Nigerian economy, a staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Saturday after a second review of the country’s performance under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement with the Fund. Full text...

  • Polls open in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off vote
    31 march 2018 07:03:19
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Polls have opened in Sierra Leone where some 3.17 voters are expected to cast their ballots in a presidential run-off election that pits the ruling All People's Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Samura Kamara, against the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) counterpart, Brig.-Gen. (Retired) Julius Maada Bio. Full text...

  • Liberia ramps up resources to improve mental health
    31 march 2018 06:46:44
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Nineteen clinicians specialising in child and adolescent mental health graduated on Friday in Monrovia from a training developed by the Carter Center’s Mental Health Programme in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Full text...

  • Guterres welcomes successful wrap up of long-running UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia
    30 march 2018 19:59:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the successful conclusion of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which officially closed its doors on Friday, and congratulated the West African country’s people and Government for turning the page on crisis and conflict. Full text...

  • IMF Board says WAEMU region making strong economic growth
    30 march 2018 17:24:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has welcomed the continued strong economic growth resilience and low inflation in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) member countries, but stressed that vulnerabilities had persisted in the region in 2017 with increased fiscal and external account deficits. Full text...


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