AU chief issues call for restraint in volatile Mali

AU chief issues call for restraint in volatile Mali

The head of the African Union Commission has called on Malian activists to remain peaceful, as the country enters another week of protests calling for an end to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s administration. The appeal from AU Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat follows demonstrations on Friday, when thousands of people in…

New AU report zeroes in on COVID-19 economic impacts

New AU report zeroes in on COVID-19 economic impacts

There are now nearly 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in 51 African nations, with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reporting 442 fatalities as of Monday. Yet as the global pandemic continues to impact the continent, there’s growing concern over the economic impacts as well. A newly released report…

Ramaphosa takes up AU presidency with an economic focus

Ramaphosa takes up AU presidency with an economic focus

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stepped into his new leadership role as African Union president on Sunday, taking the helm from outgoing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt as the AU Summit got under way. Ramaphosa kept security issues top of mind in keeping with the AU Summit theme – South…

African Union summit focuses on ‘Silencing the Guns’

The African Union has long held a goal of establishing peace and security on the continent by 2020, though clearly the AU has fallen short of its worthy ambitions. Leaders attending the AU Summit in Addis Ababa have not forgotten, with “Silencing the Guns” as the central theme of the…

Berlin conference parties agree on Libya political solution

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, host of Sunday’s international conference on Libya in Berlin, said all parties have agreed to honor an oft-violated arms embargo as the parties move forward in a new framework for peace. Both Government of National Accord leader Fayez al-Sarraj and rival Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan…

ECCAS-nation leaders approve reforms at Gabon summit

It’s been nearly four decades since the vision for an Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) began, but – despite recognition by the African Union as one of its regional pillars – the organization has never achieved the cooperative stability of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) or the…

How Africa is slowly turning the healthcare tide

Last week brought a landmark agreement between the World Health Organisation and the African Union, designed to help the continent push towards the goal of universal healthcare. Under the terms of the agreement, inked at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, the international organisation will provide specialist support to Africa’s medical…

China again denies recycled AU spying claims

China delivered a blistering retort on Monday to new remarks about spying at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, a claim that has circulated in recent years but was recently referenced by a U.S. official seeking to persuade nations not to use China’s Huawei firm and its equipment. Spokesman…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Vaz reinstates PM amid concerns over a Guinea Bissau coup

As the nation of Guinea-Bissau moves toward the November 24 election, President José Mário Vaz has yielded to pressure from the West African regional organization ECOWAS – as well as concerns from the African Union – and reinstated his former prime minister amid growing political unrest. Vaz met with a…

Report on Sudan’s transition calls for international attention

There’s cause for optimism that Sudan’s transition to civilian government and democratic principles will be successful in the long term, but a new report released Monday warns that many economic and security challenges remain. That’s according to the Crisis Group, which appealed to the international community to keep its focus…

Rwanda to take in migrants detained in Libya

Migrants trapped in deteriorating conditions in Libya may be headed to Rwanda, following the announcement Tuesday of a deal between the central African nation, the African Union and the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, to evacuate them. “Under the agreement, the Government of Rwanda will receive and provide protection to…

G7 sessions focus on African partnership, inequality

While there are quite a few issues confronting participants of the G7 meetings in France – from the wildfires in the Amazon to the “surprise” appearance of the Iranian foreign minister – they haven’t overshadowed the importance of Africa on the agenda. That’s made clear by the number of African…

China congratulates Africans on AfCFTA launch

China on Monday congratulated African nations following the weekend launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Niamey, Niger, during an African Union summit that saw Niger and Benin join the near-complete list of African nations signed to the trade deal. The achievement was welcomed by China’s ministry…