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AU, Commonwealth and Francophonie in joint bid to help quell Cameroon violence

A high-powered delegation of leaders of the African Union Commission, the Commonwealth, and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie arrived in Cameroon Tuesday to help end years of a bloody conflict that has ravaged the country’s English-speaking western regions. En...

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 9:58pm

AU calls for harnessing sci-tech to transform Africa

African Union (AU) Commission Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey on Tuesday called for concerted efforts in harnessing science and technology to transform societies in Africa. Quartey made the remarks during his meeting with the Director of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 2:22pm

AU summit concludes with pledge to work for welfare of African people

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Monday wrapped up the 32nd African Union (AU) summit of heads of state and government at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, with a pledge to work for the welfare of African people. Al-Sisi, who took over the rotating one-year-term...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 12:49pm

African campaigners root for elderly refugees amid safety threats

Protection of senior citizens displaced by conflicts and natural calamities in Africa should be prioritized by governments as part of efforts to promote the continent's socioeconomic transformation agenda, campaigners said on Monday. HelpAge International said in a statement released in...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 12:44pm

China takes action as Africa struggles for solutions to forced displacement

China has joined the international community to provide material aid and technical support to tackle Africa's growing refugee problem and forced internal displacements, winning accolades from the continent's leaders and people. Recently, China stepped up assistance to support the growing...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 12:26pm

Empowering the African Union

KIGALI – When the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was founded in 1963, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, the bloc’s first president, issued a clarion call: “What we require is a single African organisation through which Africa’s single voice may be heard, within which...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 8:59am

Kagame makes case for African digital identity

President Paul Kagame has backed the on-going efforts by the African Union (AU) to further accelerate the adoption of digital identities, saying this would shore up citizen inclusion in the global economy. He was speaking on Monday at a “High-Level Lunch on Digital Transformation in Africa...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:33am

EDITORIAL: With political will, the ‘Africa We Want’ is not a pipedream

President Paul Kagame on Sunday completed his one-year tenure as the Chairperson of the African Union, handing over to his Egyptian counterpart, Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, at the 32nd Ordinary Summit of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Under President Kagame, the African...

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 3:12pm

Kagame chairs Smart Africa Board Meeting

President Paul Kagame Monday morning chaired a Smart Africa Board meeting on the sidelines of the just-concluded 32nd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At the meeting, Lacina Kone, an Ivorian national was appointed new Executive Director of the Smart Africa Secretariat, replacing Dr....

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 3:02pm

China sends congratulatory message to 32nd AU summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday sent a congratulatory message on the holding of the 32nd African Union (AU) summit in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Calling the AU a banner of unity and strength, Xi said that since last year, under the leadership of AU, African integration process...

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 3:00pm

Insecurity, climate change remain Africa's top dev't threats

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has pointed out peace and security as well as climate change as the two major challenges the African continent presently faces. The UN chief made the remarks on Sunday while addressing the opening session of the 32nd African Union (AU) assembly...

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 2:49pm

AU to launch operations of continental free trade area in July

The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga on Sunday said he expected the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to formally launch operations in July this year. Speaking during a press conference on the sidelines of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly...

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 2:41pm

We must face the world as a unified bloc, Kagame urges African leaders

President Paul Kagame has called for consistency in the African Union’s reform process, urging leaders not to be fearful of change as it would be counterproductive. Kagame was speaking at the opening of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa,...

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 11:48am

The Kagame effect at the African Union

‘And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.’ - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900); Epigraph in ‘Rwanda Tomorrow', by Jean Paul Kimonyo (2017). Democratic principles advise against changing constitutions to keep incumbents in...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:26am

Minister Busingye hosts AU pre-election assessment team

A team of the African Union pre-election assessment mission, which is in the country to review the state of preparedness for the September parliamentary elections yesterday met the Justice Minister. Led by the AU Head of Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit, Guy Cyrille Tapoko, they met...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:03pm

Continental youth summit discusses SDGs, AU Agenda 2063

Rwanda is hosting the 7th African Students and Youth summit, an event that has brought together 2,500 delegates from 49 countries. Taking place at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village (KCEV) from yesterday until Saturday, the summit will enable the African youth to interact with top...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 1:59am

AU delegation jets in for pre-parliamentary election assessment

A delegation from the African Union is in Rwanda to assess the country’s preparedness for the upcoming parliamentary elections due in September this year. During the five-day visit, the Mission will establish benchmarks in assessing the overall process and offer practical recommendations to...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:50am

AU, UN hail latest development in Ethio-Eritrea relations

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have hailed the latest development in the relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea.  As the two neighbouring East African countries have started steps in normalising relations since they fought a border war in the years...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 12:51am

There were only good tidings from Nouakchott

As most people’s attention was riveted towards Russia following what is undoubtedly the most popular game on the planet, as they wiped their tears as their favourite football teams were bundled out unceremoniously, another big show was taking place in Nouakchott, Mauritania. In Mauritania...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:53pm

VIDEO: Reforms are about Africa’s interests and dignity, Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that the business as usual approach by the African Union has to change as the continent seeks transformation. President Kagame was speaking in Nouakchott, Mauritania as he chaired the the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 5:02pm