Central African Republic
  • EU appeals for support to get CAR on road to stability
    15 october 2018 17:51:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has emphasized the need for international actors to help the Central African Republic (CAR) get back on the road to stability, peace and development and to meet the aspirations of the population as a whole for lasting peace and reconciliation. Full text...
  • CAR leaders set for better governance, business environment
    15 september 2018 11:35:14
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The authorities in Central African Republic (CAR) have agreed on the need to accelerate the efforts to strengthen governance and transparency and sustain structural reforms aimed at improving the business environment, according to a statement released on Saturday by the Communications Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...
  • EU military training mission in CAR extended
    31 july 2018 06:39:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has extended the mandate of its military training mission in Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) by two years until 19 September 2020, the EU Council has announced. 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...
  • Persistent conflict and instability hamper economic recovery of CAR
    19 june 2018 19:00:32
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Deterioration in security conditions and the humanitarian situation is dampening hopes for a robust economic recovery in Central African Republic (CAR), according to the first issue of the CAR Economic Update published Tuesday by the World Bank Full text...
  • Security volatility, high oil prices up downside risks to CAR’s economic reforms
    10 may 2018 09:17:30
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – Macroeconomic performance of Central African Republic’s (CAR.) remains favourable, although downside risks have increased due to a deteriorating and volatile security environment and rising oil prices, according to a senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...
  • ICC Prosecutor underlines cooperation with CAR authorities to restore justice
    27 march 2018 19:53:33
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – Justice and accountability are necessary to successfully surmount the recurring cycle of violence in Central African Republic (CAR), International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said, reiterating her Office's commitment to the pursuit of accountability for atrocity crimes in the country. Full text...
  • Violent clashes in CAR displace thousands of people - MSF
    09 january 2018 16:25:10
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - About 30,000 people have fled violent clashes between two groups in the the Paoua region of Central African Republic (CAR), a medical charity said on Tuesday. Full text...
  • CEMAC’s financial sector shows signs of persistent weaknesses - IMF
    19 december 2017 18:41:39
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Due to the sharp decline in oil revenues since 2014 which continues to impair the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) member countries, regional economic growth has turned negative, with fiscal and external imbalances widening in the past two years, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...
  • Saudi Arabia condemns massacre of Muslims in CAR mosque
    17 october 2017 14:45:21
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (PANA) - Saudi Arabia has vigorously condemned the massacre of 26 Muslims by the anti-Balaka militias in a mosque in the Central African Republic. Full text...
  • Central African Republic: Peace, decisive reforms remain key to CAR’s recovery - IMF
    04 october 2017 19:13:03
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Restoration of peace, redeployment of the state, and decisive implementation of reforms will be key to achieve sustained economic recovery and medium term growth in Central African Republic (CAR) above the projected 4 percent for this year, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team that on Wednesday concluded its visit to the capital, Bangui. Full text...
  • Switzerland: UNICEF warns on ‘dramatic’ rise in CAR violence
    15 august 2017 17:47:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and “right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,” the United Nations children's agency said on Tuesday. Full text...
  • US: UN peacekeeping chief warns Security Council about insecurity in CAR
    28 july 2017 19:32:57
    New York, US (PANA) – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations has warned that the increased intensity of attacks on civilians and peacekeepers is bringing Central African Republic (CAR) to the tipping point. Full text...
  • CAR: IMF approves US$31.8m for CAR's macroeconomic stability
    18 july 2017 07:05:17
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Along with ongoing efforts to promote dialogue and national reconciliation in Central African Republic (CAR), sustained implementation of the country's programme on entrenching macroeconomic stability is critical to create fiscal space for development spending, improve the business environment, and foster higher and more inclusive growth, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...
  • CAR: Peace dialogue with armed groups likely to boost CAR's economic growth
    02 june 2017 08:25:16
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Economic growth of Central African Republic (CAR) in 2017 is projected at 4.7 percent, assuming the ongoing dialogue with armed groups helps to reduce violence and destruction of property, and public and private investment rebound, according to a staff team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that visited the country's capital, Bangui, from 26 May to 1 June.Full text...
  • Switzerland: UN urges aid for CAR civilians swept up in escalating violence
    01 june 2017 19:00:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Warning that violence in Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly escalating, the top United Nations aid official in the country on Thursday urged the international community to assist the tens of thousands of newly displaced civilians.Full text...
  • Central African Republic: UN honours fallen ‘blue helmets’
    13 may 2017 07:47:55
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) held a memorial ceremony on Friday in honour of five peacekeepers who lost their lives after their convoy was attacked in the south-eastern part of the country earlier this week. Full text...
  • Central African Republic: UN Mission condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers
    09 may 2017 18:24:36
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has strongly condemned Monday's attack on one of its convoys in the country’s south that killed one Cambodian peacekeeper. Full text...
  • Central African Republic: Rights group says armed groups target civilians in CAR
    02 may 2017 06:23:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Armed groups fighting for control of a central province in the Central African Republic (CAR) have targeted civilians in apparent reprisal killings over the past three months, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Full text...
  • Central Africa Republic: Half of Central African population goes hungry
    30 march 2017 18:54:43
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - One year after the Central African Republic elected President Faustin Archange Touadera to power, violence and insecurity remain unchecked and half the population is going hungry, warned Oxfam on Thursday. Full text...
  • UN: UN mission in CAR reinforces presence in restive Bambari
    18 february 2017 07:05:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Following ongoing rebel activity in and around Bambari in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), the UN mission in the country has reinforced its presence in the city with the arrival of additional troops, including a quick reaction unit and Special Forces.Full text...
  • UN: UN official condemns armed attack on CAR hospital
    09 february 2017 18:09:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Denouncing forceful entry by armed individuals into a hospital in Central African Republic's restive PK5 neighbourhood with the intention to kill some of the patients, the Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Mr. Michel Yao, has said such incidents are in violation of the international humanitarian law. Full text...
  • CAR: UN fund allocates US$6 million to help thousands in violence-hit parts of CAR
    01 february 2017 09:10:16
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The top United Nations relief official on Tuesday approved an allocation from the organization’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support response to assist the response to new emergencies triggered by a surge of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR)’s Kaga Bandoro, Bambari and Bria areas. Full text...
  • Central African Republic: IMF chief encourages CAR to promote peace
    25 january 2017 17:07:15
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - While facing a legacy of fragility, authorities in Central African Republic (CAR) must have a concrete focus on building peace, restoring social cohesion, and assembling a working government, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said here on Wednesday. Full text...
  • CAR: Rights group calls for urgent need to rebuild CAR justice system
    11 january 2017 06:44:30
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says individuals suspected of committing war crimes including killing and rape during the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) are evading investigation and arrest, and in some cases live side by side with their victims. Full text...
  • Belgium: EC appoints new commander of its training mission in CAR
    10 january 2017 12:36:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Tuesday appointed Brigadier General Herman Ruys, a Belgian national, as Commander for the European Union (EU) military training mission in Central African Republic (EUTM RCA). Full text...
  • UN: UN expert says justice, reconciliation key to peace in CAR
    16 november 2016 19:00:30
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN expert on the situation of human rights in Central African Republic (CAR), Ms. Marie-Therese Keita, has said the justice system in CAR must be urgently strengthened if the country is to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation.Full text...
  • CAR: Nearly one in five children in CAR is a refugee or internally displaced - UNICEF
    16 november 2016 05:54:23
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – As aid officials prepare to meet in Brussels on Thursday to seek funding to continue their programmes in Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported that more than 850,000 people there – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries. Full text...
  • Tanzania: Oxfam says Central African Republic cannot face another year abandoned
    15 november 2016 10:04:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ahead of an international donor meeting in Brussels on Thursday, global humanitarian agency Oxfam has warned that the people of Central African Republic (CAR) cannot face another year of the present dire situation which has left half of the 4.8 million population in need of humanitarian assistance. Full text...
  • CAR: Rights group says EU donors must prioritise accountability
    11 november 2016 15:02:36
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - European Union (EU) member states and all donors attending the Brussels Conference for the Central African Republic (CAR) on 17 November must take concrete steps to end impunity in the country, as a deteriorating security situation threatens to plunge the country into yet more deadly violence, Amnesty International said today. Full text...
  • Central African Republic: Weak security environment takes toll on CAR economy
    04 november 2016 19:34:08
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Deterioration in the security environment, despite the ongoing dialogue with armed groups in Central African Republic, has taken a toll on the country’s economic activity, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team said Friday at the conclusion of a week-long visit to Bangui.Full text...
  • Central African Republic: IMF team finds CAR's growth constrained by low public investment
    13 september 2016 19:56:26
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Though the economy of Central African Republic (CAR) has been on a strong recovery path since the beginning of the year, its growth remains constrained by low public investment spending, weak infrastructure and continued weaknesses in the banking sector, a staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed Tuesday.Full text...
  • US: Security Council extends UN CAR Mission through 2017
    27 july 2016 06:11:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 November 2017, keeping an authorized troop ceiling of 10,750 military personnel intact and providing time for the mission to assess the post-transition process in the country. Full text...
  • UN: Ban appoints deputy UN envoy in Central African Republic
    23 july 2016 09:21:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as new UN Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Full text...
  • Belgium: EC launches military training mission in CAR
    16 july 2016 08:57:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council (EC) on Saturday announced the launch, on 16 July 2016, of European Union military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) to contribute to EU's comprehensive approach and security sector reform in the country.Full text...
  • Central African Republic: IMF team cautions CAR on slow recovery
    27 may 2016 19:09:58
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Despite commendable efforts made by Central African Republic (CAR) to revamp the economy under difficult circumstances, "security remains fragile, the economic recovery slow, and domestic revenue largely insufficient to cover wages, pensions, and other priority spending," according to an International Monetary Fund team that on Friday concluded a 10-day visit to Bangui, the country's capital. Full text...
  • US: Security Council extends mandate of UN Mission in CAR
    27 april 2016 07:53:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council (CAR) on Tuesday extended until 31 July the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), determining that the situation in the country constitutes a threat to international peace and security. Full text...
  • Central African Republic: EU approves two-year military training mission for CAR
    19 april 2016 12:05:30
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council has approved the establishment of a military training mission in Central African Republic (CAR) to contribute to the country's defence sector reform, said an official statement issued in Brussels on Tuesday. Full text...
  • Central African Republic: EU commends CAR authorities, pledges more support to new leaders
    14 march 2016 14:57:02
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has commended Central African Republic authorities, under the leadership of Ms Catherine Samba-Panza, stating that the country "has crossed another milestone" with the peaceful conduct of elections.Full text...
  • UN: War weary families in Central African Republic face dire food situation – UN
    01 march 2016 18:37:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Three years of conflict and ongoing displacements in the Central African Republic (CAR) continue to disrupt agriculture and severely constrain people's access to food, as they struggle with the effects of multiple poor harvests, disrupted markets and soaring prices for many staple foods, two UN agencies warned on Tuesday. Full text...
  • Ethiopia: AUC names new Special Representative in CAR
    21 february 2016 11:27:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appointed Mr. Mohamed EL Hacen Lebatt of Mauritania as the Commission’s new Special Representative for Central African Republic (CAR) and Head of the AU Mission (MISAC) in the country following the resignation of Major General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko. Full text...
  • CAR: UN mission in CAR aims to ensure victims of alleged abuse receive help
    17 february 2016 07:43:50
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations is working to ensure that the victims involved in four new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have access to the help they need, a spokesperson for the world body said on Tuesday. Full text...
  • CAR: 'Strengthen peacekeepers to prevent renewed violence' - Amnesty
    08 february 2016 07:35:35
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Civilians in Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of deadly violence and instability unless serious weaknesses in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, MINUSCA, are urgently addressed, Amnesty International said in a new report published on Monday. Full text...
  • Central African Republic: UN renews sanctions, stresses urgent need to end impunity in CAR
    27 january 2016 18:35:16
    New York, US (PANA) – Stressing the urgent need to end impunity in Central African Republic (CAR) and bring to justice those who violate humanitarian law, the UN Security Council on Wednesday renewed its sanctions against individuals or groups implicated in the country’s ongoing sectarian tensions. Full text...
  • CAR: UN peacekeepers help provide security as CAR holds elections
    30 december 2015 16:26:08
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – United Nations peacekeepers were out in force at polling stations throughout Central African Republic (CAR) Wednesday as the country voted in presidential and legislative elections, a major step on the path to stability after two years of conflict between Muslims and Christians. Full text...
  • CAR: UN chief urges peaceful, credible conduct of CAR polls on draft Constitution
    12 december 2015 19:36:56
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - On the eve of the referendum on the draft Constitution in Central African Republic, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all national stakeholders to ensure that the referendum is conducted in a peaceful and credible manner. Full text...
  • Tanzania: IOM condemns weekend violence, looting in Bangui
    29 september 2015 12:46:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has condemned the resurgence of violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), where at least 36 people have reportedly been killed since Saturday and another 100 wounded.Full text...
  • Tanzania: IMF approves US$11.8m financial assistance for CAR
    16 september 2015 09:13:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Wednesday announced a US$11.8-million package in financial assistance for Central African Republic (CAR.) under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF), to assist the authorities to meet urgent balance of payments needs and to support their emergency economic recovery programme. Full text...
  • Central African Republic: MINUSCA condemns attack on Rwandan police unit in Bangui
    10 september 2015 17:43:56
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has strongly condemned an ambush on the Rwandan police unit early Thursday. Full text...
  • Côte d’Ivoire: Vatican announces Pope Francis' trip to Africa
    10 september 2015 17:13:09
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – Pope Francis is due to make a pastoral trip to Africa in November 2015 at the invitation of the Heads of State and episcopal conferences of Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic, according to a statement received here Thursday from the Vatican news service. Full text...

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