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US Secretary Tillerson warns African countries against Chinese loans

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday advised African countries to be careful not to forfeit their sovereignty when they accept loans from China. Tillerson arrived in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation, on Wednesday on the first leg of his African visit. He visited the African Union headquarters on Thursday. Speaking after a […]

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China to sponsor (again) African Union office in Beijing

China will help the African Union establish a representational office in its capital, Beijing, said a communique issued by the AU following a two-day official visit to the country by Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat. According to Mahamat, China has welcomed the planned establishment of an African Union Office in Beijing to […]

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AU Commission rejects Chinese spy claims

The African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday said the African Union does not have any secret dossiers and nothing to spy on. Moussa Faki Mahamat made his comment two weeks after a report in French newspaper Le Monde indicated that China had bugged the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia. An investigation conducted […]

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Kenya: AU “ready” to intervene as political crisis worsens

The African Union Commission (AUC) said Thursday it is ready to help defuse the political imbroglio in Kenya. The AUC said in a statement it “rejects all actions that undermine constitutional order and the rule of law.’ Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has been “sworn in” as the “people’s president” by thousands of his supporters […]

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AU Members divided over Kaberuka tax

The 30th Summit of the African Union held in Addis Ababa January 28 and 29 did not settle the African Union’s financing solutions. The “Kaberuka tax,” a 0.2% levy on imports, supposed to ensure the financial independence of the institution, did not receive unanimous approval. The AU is reliant on foreign donors to fund its […]

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African Union launches long-awaited single aviation market

The African Union has finally launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) during the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa. The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) is a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063, an initiative of the African Union to create a single unified air transport market and […]

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AU Summit: Morocco’s King Calls for Setting up an African Migration Observatory

King Mohammed VI of Morocco, who submitted Monday (Jan.29) to the 30th African Union Summit the African Agenda on Migration, has called for the setting up of an African Migration Observatory that would be tasked with understanding, anticipating and acting on the migration phenomenon. The mission of the African Migration Observatory “would be to develop […]

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China spying on African Union since 2012

China has been spying on the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for the past Five years, results of an investigation conducted by French media Le Monde Afrique revealed last Friday. The $200 million AU headquarters construction was funded fully by China as a gift to the AU, part of Beijing’s efforts […]

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African Union: Buhari appointed to champion campaign against corruption

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari called on African Union members to strengthen their institutions and set collaboration between law enforcement agencies and anti-corruption bodies in the combat against corruption on the continent. President Buhari made the statement at the African Union (AU) 30th Summit in Addis Ababa Sunday, after he was appointed the champion of this […]

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Kagame takes over AU Chairmanship, vows institutional reforms

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has officially taken over the chairmanship of the African Union with the tough task of steering the continental body away from heavy dependence on foreign aid. President Kagame’s first task will be to see through the institutional reforms within the AU and the AU Commission to make it financially self-sustaining. Kagame […]

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