• Libya is committed to finding lasting solution to migrant crisis, Foreign minister
    27 october 2018 03:23:14
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - As the world continues to grapple with challenges of migration, human smuggling and violation of the rights of migrants flowing from Africa to Europe, Libya's Foreign Minister Mohamed Eltaher Hamouda Sayala has reiterated the commitment of his country to be a key partner in finding a lasting solution to the crisis. Full text...

  • 2019 FIFA WWC: FIFA Council doubles prize money
    26 october 2018 21:05:58
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Council of FIFA, the world football governing body, has approved an overall financial contribution of US$50 million to the 24 teams playing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 – more than tripling the amount paid in the 2015 edition (US$15 million). Full text...

  • Ratings agency flags South Africa's jittery economy
    26 october 2018 19:41:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - International Ratings Agency, Moody's, on Friday said a weaker fiscal outlook in South Africa's medium-term budget policy statement, issued this week, was a credit negative. The notice triggered an immediate fall in the jittery Rand currency. Full text...

  • 2018 Women's AFCON: Kenya names provisional squad
    26 october 2018 19:30:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's National Women team coach, David Ouma, has named 32 players in Harambee Starlets provisional squad for the upcoming Africa Women Cup of Nations, set for November 17-December 1, 2018, in Ghana. Full text...

  • African Union vows to obey its laws, institutions
    26 october 2018 19:12:56
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has vowed to obey its own laws and institutions that it set up for itself, Justice Tujilance Chizumila of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, revealed this while addressing the 63rd session of African Commission on Human Peoples’ Rights in Banjul Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya's Energy regulator steps up testing of imported LPG
    26 october 2018 18:47:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As the uptake of Liquefed Petroleum Gas (LPG) increases, Kenya's Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) says it is keen to ensure that LPG sold in the market meets local and international standards thereby enhancing safety during use. Full text...

  • Buhari receives AU Commission chairman, task the world on recharging Lake Chad
    26 october 2018 18:34:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received visiting Chairman of the African Union Commission, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, saying that the greatest investment Europe and America can make in Africa now is to help the continent accomplish inter-basin water transfer to recharge the Lake Chad.Full text...

  • IAAF ratifies Kipchoge's marathon World record
    26 october 2018 18:20:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - World athletics governing body, IAAF, on Friday ratified the 2:01:39 men's marathon global record set by Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya in Berlin, Germany. Full text...

  • African craft industry urged to adapt to technological changes
    26 october 2018 17:58:13
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkina Faso minister of Trade and Craft industry, Harouna Kaboré, on Friday said that the African craft industry sector must adapt the technological changes in a context marked by competition. Full text...

  • AfDB urges power sector to capitalize on women’s capabilities
    26 october 2018 14:09:38
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, in partnership with the French Development Agency, Association of Power Utilities of Africa and African Network of Centers of Excellence (ANCEE), have organized a three-day seminar on “Promoting Gender Equality in the African Power Sector” at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Another 150 stranded Nigerians brought home through IOM help
    26 october 2018 14:01:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said it has received another batch of 150 stranded Nigerians from Libya, brought by International Organisation on Migration (IOM). Full text...

  • ADF grants US$ 195 million loan for East Africa’s One Stop Border Post Project
    26 october 2018 13:51:21
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Fund, the concessional arm of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has granted loans of US$107 million to Kenya and US$88 million to Tanzania to build a modern and more efficient “One Stop Border Post”. Full text...

  • Africa needs its young people to modernise its agricultural sectors - FAO Chief
    26 october 2018 12:00:35
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Migration, both to urban areas and abroad, risks depriving African countries of the young people they need to modernise their agriculture sectors, which are key to achieving growth and prosperity, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, has said. Full text...

  • Friday's forex rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya
    26 october 2018 11:59:39
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Following are Friday’s exchange rates for the Ouguiya, as issued by the central bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • 15th International Ouagadougou Craft Industry Fair opens
    26 october 2018 10:56:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso's president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and Governor-General of Canada, Julie Payette, on Friday attended the opening of the 15th edition of the International Craft Industry Fair of Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Gabon to improve its hydrocarbon laws
    26 october 2018 10:43:19
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Gabon has received external assistance to broaden the drafting of a new new hydrocarbon law to satisfy international partner organizations and operators in the oil sector, PANA learned on Friday from the ministry of Oil and Hydrocarbons. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Cameroon to conduct more joint operations along common borders
    26 october 2018 09:12:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian and Cameroonian armies have agreed to collaborate in the conduct of sustained joint military operations to end insurgency within the fringes of their common borders in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria bans unauthorised acquisition of firearms, drones, broadcast equipment
    26 october 2018 09:05:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government has, as part of broad measures to stem the tide of insecurity in the country, banned the unauthorised acquisition of firearms, drones and broadcast equipment, National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) said in Abuja.Full text...

  • Friday's forex rates for the CFA Franc in Central Africa
    26 october 2018 08:57:20
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - Following are Friday’s exchange rates for the CFA Franc, as issued by the Bank of Central African States. Full text...

  • Friday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    26 october 2018 08:54:56
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The following are Friday's foreign exchange rates for the Rwandan franc, as issued by the National Bank of Rwanda. Full text...

  • Friday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    26 october 2018 07:57:29
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Friday's foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee as issued by the Mauritian Commercial Bank: Full text...

  • Zambia's Intercontinental Hotel sues AfDB
    26 october 2018 07:53:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - A Zambian hotel has sued the African Development Bank (AfDB) demanding payment of more than US$12,000 as outstanding balances for hospitality services rendered to the bank in 2016 during its annual meetings held in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. Full text...

  • Zambian bank sues former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa
    26 october 2018 07:49:14
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A Zambian bank has sued former First Lady, Dr Maureen Mwanawasa, demanding payment of more than K6.7 million under a facility agreement dated 14 March, 2013, the state-run Times of Zambia reported Friday. (1USD = K11)Full text...

  • Friday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    26 october 2018 07:41:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The following are Friday’s foreign exchange rates for the Gambian Dalasi (D) as published by Trust Bank Gambia Ltd: Full text...

  • Guterres unhappy about low number of women peacekeepers
    26 october 2018 03:58:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite greater participation of women in building and sustaining peace and the recognition from all quarters of the value they bring, the realities on the ground show that much more remains to be done, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told Security Council members on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN rights chief denounces Burundi for ‘belligerent and defamatory’ attack on inquiry team
    26 october 2018 03:44:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The top United Nations human rights official has called on Burundi to “immediately retract” its threat to try and prosecute members of a UN Commission of Inquiry into rights abuses in the central African nation. Full text...

  • IAEA funds Gravity-Fed Drip Irrigation System for Vulnerable Farmers
    25 october 2018 19:29:01
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has funded the purchase of 25 gravity-fed drip kits, 250 m2 each, under the Gravity-Fed Drip Irrigation System Project, aiming to enhance food security and increase income of vulnerable farmers in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Rwanda conducts simulation exercise for Ebola prevention
    25 october 2018 18:16:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's health personnel at the Military Hospital in Kanombe, a suburb of Kigali city, conducted a simulation exercise on Thursday as part of preparations to prevent and manage suspected cases of Ebola virus. Full text...

  • 'Armed conflicts denying Children in Africa right to education, food and healthcare'
    25 october 2018 17:55:36
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Armed conflicts have denied children in Africa the right to education, food, healthcare, and more opportunities, with many of them running away from volatile areas, the Network of African national human rights institutions (NANHRI) officials said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tributes continue to pour in for fallen hip hop star
    25 october 2018 16:22:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The family of South African music legend, Jabulani Hip Hop Pantsula, who died on Wednesday, has asked for privacy as the country tries to come to grips with his passing. Full text...

  • New presidential guard chief appointed in Libya
    25 october 2018 16:17:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Gen. Dhiaddine Mohamed Hussein al-Amrouni has been appointed chairman of the presidential council of the government of national accord, according to a statement released by Full text...

  • Interior minister warns Libyans against illegal possession of weapons
    25 october 2018 15:46:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan ministry of interior of the national union government, recognized by the international community, has warned Libyans against carrying weapons "without a license or permission" in a country where millions of weapons circulate among the population, worsening the situation in the north African country. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for Rwandan Franc
    25 october 2018 15:37:09
    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...

  • Burkinabes remember the fall of Blaise Compaoré
    25 october 2018 15:33:10
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The 4th anniversary of the popular uprising of 30-31 October 2014, which ousted Blaise Compaoré from power and the 3rd anniversary of the resistance against the 16 September 2015 coup will be celebrated on 26-27 October in the 13 regions of Burkina Faso, a statement issued by the government’s information services said. Full text...

  • Angolan national arrested with drugs at Mauritius airport
    25 october 2018 12:54:23
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) – A 53-year-old Angolan woman was arrested early this week by Customs Officers of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) at the Mauritius international airport with 83 pellets of suspected heroin hidden in her private parts, the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) on Thursday said. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS to be transformed into multi-media institution
    25 october 2018 12:45:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Board of Directors of PANAPRESS has announced a new direction for the Pan-African News Agency (PANA) as it is poised to be transformed into a multi-media institution. Full text...

  • 2019 AFCON U-23 Qualifiers: Cameroon invite 35 players for Chad match
    25 october 2018 11:18:37
    Yaoundé, Cameroun (PANA) – The new coach of Cameroon’s national U-23 football team, Rigobert Song Bahanag, has invited 35 players to begin training in Yaounde for their 17 November qualifying match against Chad in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations U-23 tournament to be hosted next year in Egypt. Full text...

  • WHO charts course to achieve universal health coverage
    25 october 2018 11:10:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Countries around the world on Thursday agreed to the Declaration of Astana, vowing to strengthen their primary health care systems as an essential step toward achieving universal health coverage. Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya
    25 october 2018 10:26:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Mauritanian Ouguiya, as issued by the Central Bank of Mauritania. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Parliament swears in first female President
    25 october 2018 10:02:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Ethiopian Parliament swore in veteran UN diplomat Sahlework Zewdie as the new President on Thursday following the resignation of incumbent President Mulatu Teshome, a year before the end of his first term, officials said. Full text...

  • Bill Gates, Tim Cook visit European Parliament
    25 october 2018 09:54:30
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The founder of Microsoft and co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates and the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, on Wednesday visited the European Parliament during the International Conference of data protection and privacy. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire attends 11th World Policy Conference in Morocco
    25 october 2018 09:14:28
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, is leading a high-level delegation to attend the 11th edition of the World Policy Conference (WPC) that opens on Thursday in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, on the theme "Forces and weaknesses of Africa today." Full text...

  • Thursday's forex rates for the Mauritian Rupee
    25 october 2018 09:07:27
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Following are Thursday's foreign exchange rates for the Mauritian Rupee as issued by the Mauritian Commercial Bank: Full text...

  • Thursday’s forex rates for the Gambian Dalasi
    25 october 2018 07:33:57
    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...

  • Those who produce food are among world’s hungriest – UN rights expert
    25 october 2018 05:14:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Agricultural workers have the hardest time accessing food for themselves, and are often excluded from national labour and social protection frameworks, a United Nations independent human rights expert has said. Full text...

  • Funding boost for sustainable development data agreed at UN conference
    25 october 2018 05:06:35
    Dubai, UAE (PANA) - In a declaration agreed at the close of the 2018 UN World Data Forum in Dubai on Wednesday, leaders in the field agreed on measures to boost funding for data and statistical analysis, to speed up progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Full text...

  • 2018 CAF Confed. Cup: AS Vita, Raja Casablanca reach finals
    25 october 2018 04:45:16
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - AS Vita of DR Congo and Raja Casablanca of Morocco are through to the finals of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup, following the second-leg, semi-final matches decided on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 63rd ordinary session of the African rights commission opens in Banjul
    24 october 2018 17:06:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The 63rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, opened on Wednesday in Banjul, the Gambia, aiming to highlight performance and challenges faces by human rights defenders and other rights-related activists on the continent. Full text...

  • Pope Francis, WHO Chief say health is a right and not a privilege
    24 october 2018 12:57:55
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has met with His Holiness Pope Francis to discuss ways to ensure that all people can obtain the healthcare they need, whoever they are, wherever they live. Full text...

  • Guinean Defence minister visits Mali
    24 october 2018 11:56:47
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Guinea's Defence minister, Dr. Mohamed Diané, who is also State minister in charge of Presidential Affairs, on Tuesday began a working visit in Mali, PANA has learned from official sources. Full text...


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