• IFC, partners to boost macadamia nuts production in Malawi
    05 july 2018 12:27:59
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme have announced a $4 million loan to support the expansion of Global Tea Full text...

  • Kenya pick golfers to face Uganda in Victoria Cup
    05 july 2018 12:09:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenya Golf Union (KGU) on Thursday named the national team to face Uganda in this year's Victoria Cup at VetLab Sports Club, Nairobi. Full text...

  • UN Secretary General to visit DR Congo
    05 july 2018 12:01:23
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres is to visit Democratic Republic of Congo in the near future where a standoff between the country's long-term president Joseph Kabila and opposition has been tearing the country apart, creating instability, insecurity and humanitarian crisis.Full text...

  • Robben Island rejects Mandela sleep-over reports
    05 july 2018 11:23:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The management of Robben Island, South Africa’s notorious aparthheid-era prison, has slammed media reports that former President Nelson Mandela's cell will be auctioned for a sleep over at the prison on what would have been his 100th birthday. Full text...

  • Thursday's exchange rates for Ghana cedi
    05 july 2018 10:17:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The following are Thursday's exchange rates for the Ghana cedi as announced by the Ghana Association of Bankers. Full text...

  • ICC issues second warrant of arrest for Libyan military commander Al-Werfalli
    05 july 2018 10:09:17
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court has issued a second warrant of arrest for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, a Libyan military commander, for his alleged responsibility for murder as a war crime in the context of the non-international armed conflict in the North African country. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    05 july 2018 09:24:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Thursday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    05 july 2018 08:24:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Thursday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: FIFA Referees Committee names match officials for final phase
    05 july 2018 06:55:48
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 17 referees, 37 assistant referees and 10 Video Assistant Referees for the final phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Ethiopian PM to investigate torture in 'Jail Ogaden'
    05 july 2018 06:29:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – An international human rights watchdog is asking the new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to urgently investigate torture in a regional prison known as Jail Ogaden and ensure that regional security forces and officials are held accountable. Full text...

  • FAO, UNESCO redouble efforts to achieve SDGs
    04 july 2018 19:33:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have renewed their partnership to boost efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including the goal of Zero Hunger. Full text...

  • UN expert raises red flags about deteriorating rights situation in Mali
    04 july 2018 19:26:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A senior United Nations rights expert on Wednesday decried the “alarming” deterioration of the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in northern and eastern areas of Mali. Full text...

  • AfDB partners African countries to transform investment-ready projects into real opportunities
    04 july 2018 17:32:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) says it will embark on a roadshow in Abuja, Nigeria, on 10 July, 2018, to mobilize key stakeholders towards putting together a pipeline of bankable projects ahead of the Africa Investment Forum (AIF). Full text...

  • AfDB improves ranking in 2018 Global Aid Transparency Index
    04 july 2018 17:30:16
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 2018 Aid Transparency Index Report, released by Publish What you Fund, has ranked the African Development Bank (AfDB) 4th among 45 development organizations, thereby lifting the Bank by six positions since 2016. Full text...

  • AfDB approves African Water Facility Plans for 2018
    04 july 2018 15:06:49
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the work plan and budget of the African Water Facility (AWF) for 2018. Full text...

  • Week-long presentation of films on ECOWAS holds in Cote d’Ivoire
    04 july 2018 14:59:46
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Office of the Representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Côte d’Ivoire was the venue of a week-long presentation of films on the activities of the regional organisation in the country. Full text...

  • Cameroon hosts workshop on implementation of SDG 6 in french-speaking Central Africa
    04 july 2018 14:52:34
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - A three-day (4-6 July, 2018) workshop at which participants will share their experiences concerning the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) dedicated to water and sanitation (SDG 6) in french-speaking Central Africa opened on Wednesday in Douala, Cameroon. Full text...

  • ALSF hosts conference on arbitration in Africa, launches African Arbitration Association
    04 july 2018 14:50:52
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) is hosting a conference on Arbitration in Africa, and launch of the African Arbitration Association (AfAA) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Nine perish in grissly road crash in Kenya
    04 july 2018 14:26:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Police late Wednesday recovered the bodies of ten passengers burnt death after their bus collided head on with a track along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway on Wednesday morning. Full text...

  • Eight Russian athletes get IAAF nod to compete as neutrals
    04 july 2018 14:17:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The IAAF Doping Review Board has given eight Russian athletes the nod to compete in international competition as neutral athletes in 2018. Full text...

  • ICC Chief Executive set to step down
    04 july 2018 13:25:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Cricket Council (ICC) has commenced a search for a new chief executive following the news that David Richardson will step down from the position after next summer’s World Cup in England and Wales. Full text...

  • Kenya to face Uganda in Cecafa Women opener
    04 july 2018 13:19:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya will be up against Uganda’s Crested Cranes in the opening match of the 2018 CECAFA Women Championships, set to be held between July 19-27, 2018, in Kigali, Rwanda.Full text...

  • Libyan presidential council urged to put oil terminals under National Oil Company
    04 july 2018 13:05:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The official spokesperson for the Libyan presidential council, Mohamed al-Sallek, has said all oil ports and installations should be put under the exclusive control of the National Oil Company (NOC). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe military stresses neutrality in upcoming 30 July elections
    04 july 2018 12:42:13
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) on Wednesday stressed their neutrality in the upcoming 30 July presidential and parliamentary elections refuting claims that members of the security forces have been deployed in rural areas to intimidate villagers. Full text...

  • Rights group says France's flawed age assessment excludes many from care
    04 july 2018 12:24:12
    Paris, France (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday slammed the child protection authorities in Paris for using flawed age assessment procedures for unaccompanied migrant children, thus excluding many from care they need and are entitled to. Full text...

  • Wednesday's exchange rates for Mauritanian Ouguiya
    04 july 2018 12:07:20
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA ) - Following are Wednesday’s exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the central bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • IMF says economic situation in Egypt has continued to improve this year
    04 july 2018 11:48:48
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the economic situation of Egypt has continued to improve during this year. Full text...

  • Senegal's growth rate commendable but public finances deteriorate - IMF
    04 july 2018 11:34:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed the sixth review of Senegal’s economic performance under a programme supported by the Policy Support Instrument (PSI). Full text...

  • FIFA announces panels to decide shortlisted candidates for awards
    04 july 2018 11:15:11
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The Best FIFA Football Awards, the premier annual awards celebration held by football’s world governing body, on Wednesday announced two panels to decide shortlisted candidates for the Best FIFA Men’s and Women’s Players and Coaches for the 2017/18 season. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Some statistics so far at the tournament in Russia
    04 july 2018 11:01:15
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The following are some statistics so far from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as compiled by FIFA.com, the website of football's world governing body. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Fixtures for quarter-final matches
    04 july 2018 10:31:52
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The following are the full fixtures for the quarter-final matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Full text...

  • CAR relies on grant financing due to debt distress risk - IMF
    04 july 2018 10:19:46
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Continued reliance on grant financing is essential to support debt sustainability in Central African Republic (CAR), the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said while approving a disbursement of US$32.1 million for the country. Full text...

  • Racist passenger blames rant on apartheid-era education
    04 july 2018 10:17:11
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg woman who delayed a flight and sparked a national outcry after being caught sending a racist text message has apologised and addressed the matter. Full text...

  • Wednesday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    04 july 2018 09:43:49
    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...

  • Wednesday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    04 july 2018 08:45:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Wednesday’s foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee, as issued by the Commercial Bank of Mauritius. Full text...

  • MSF hands over Ebola response activities in DRC
    04 july 2018 06:55:22
    Kinshasa, DRC (PANA) - Medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says after a two-month emergency intervention in Equator Province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it has begun handing over its Ebola response activities to the Ministry of Health and other non-governmental organisations in Mbandaka, Bikoro, Itipo and Iboko. Full text...

  • Egypt urged to free prominent couple jailed arbitrarily since last June
    04 july 2018 06:41:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN human rights office is urging Egypt to free a prominent married couple that has been arbitrarily detained for more than a year. Full text...

  • Poorer countries set to be 'increasingly dependent' on food imports, says FAO report
    04 july 2018 06:37:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Poorer countries with rising populations and scarce natural resources are likely to be “increasingly dependent” on imports to feed their people, according to an annual report jointly compiled by the United Nations food agency, launched on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'We will not give up on looking for peace for South Sudan': UN deputy chief
    04 july 2018 06:31:33
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - In a visit to South Sudan on Tuesday, the UN Deputy Secretary-General spoke mother-to-mother with displaced women, pledging that she and other senior women leaders from the international community will not give up on the hope for peace for their nation. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Line-up of the quarter-final matches
    03 july 2018 21:11:08
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - The following is the line-up of the quarter-final matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia following the completion of the Round of 16 matches on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties to reach quarter-finals
    03 july 2018 21:07:10
    Moscow, Russia (PANA) - England on Tuesday squeezed past Colombia into the quarter-finals with a 4-3 victory in a penalty shootout after their Round of 16 match at Spartak Stadium, Moscow, ended in a pulsating 1-1 draw after extra time. Full text...

  • Japanese billionaire commits to invest $100 billion in solar energy in Africa
    03 july 2018 17:23:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Japanese business magnate, Masayoshi Son and chief executive of Japanese holding company SoftBank, is keen to launch one of the biggest tech funds in the world to finance solar energy projects in Africa.Full text...

  • Africa ready for post-Cotonou agreement on economic partnership with EU by 2020
    03 july 2018 17:19:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African governments have set their agenda to renegotiate the existing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) that is set to expire in 2020, a diplomatic source told PANA in Kigali on Tuesday.Full text...

  • 2018 FIFA WC: Sweden overcome Switzerland 1-0 to reach quarter-finals
    03 july 2018 17:10:07
    St Petersburg, Russia (PANA) - Sweden reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia when they defeated Switzerland 1-0 in their Round of 16 match played on Tuesday at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Full text...

  • Buhari commends cordial relations between Nigeria and Kuwait
    03 july 2018 16:04:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday in Abuja commended the cordial relations between Nigeria and the State of Kuwait. Full text...

  • African continental free trade area gains momentum with 49th ratification (News Analysis by Aimable TWahirwa, PANA Correspondent)
    03 july 2018 13:51:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Five countries - Burundi, Lesotho, Namibia, Sierra Leone and South Africa - this week joined the other African states in ratifying the African continental free trade area AfCFTA, only three months after it was officially opened for signature, but some governments are still assessing their policies before eliminating tariffs on intra-African trade in goods Full text...

  • Senegal FA asks FIFA to revise Fair Play rule
    03 july 2018 13:42:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - After exiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup due to yellow cards accumulated in their group, the Senegalese Football Federation )SFF) has appealed to FIFA to amend the Fair Play rule. Full text...

  • SMEs promotion gains traction through FAPA funding
    03 july 2018 13:30:55
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Leveling the playing field for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa is one of FAPA’s (Fund for African Private Sector Assistance) priority goals. Full text...

  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency, AfDB expand procurement partnerships in Africa
    03 july 2018 13:18:19
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency to partner under USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative; Understanding Best Value. Full text...

  • MCC announces new collaboration with AfDB
    03 july 2018 13:03:34
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Nash, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Senior Vice-President, Charles Boamah, on Monday announced new opportunities for collaboration between the two institutions. Full text...


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