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33rd African Union (AU) summit held in Ethiopia

The 33rd African Union (AU) summit has commenced recently in Addis Ababa, the capital of the African nation Ethiopia. The summit is being held under the theme ‘Silencing the Guns: Creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development’. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, took over as the African Union chair, from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Heads of countries and government ..

External Affairs Minister inaugurated MGICC in Niger

The External Affairs Minister of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during his 2-day visit to the western African country, Niger, inaugurated the first-ever convention centre to be built in the Africa continent by India. The USD 56 million convention center built in the landlocked country, Niger is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, and has been named ‘Mahatma Gandhi ..

African Continental Free Trade Agreement and India

At the summit of the African Union (AU) held at Niamey, the capital of the Niger Republic 54 of 55 of its member states signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) for goods and services and 27 countries have already ratified it. The AfCFTA would create an African Common Market of 1.2 billion people and ..

India extends $15 million grant assistance to Niger for organizing African Union Summit

India has extended US$ 15 million grant assistance to Niger in support of organizing of the African Union (AU) summit scheduled from 7-8 July, 2019 in Niamey, the capital of Niger. The support of grant assistance was in response to a specific request made by Government of Niger. Niger is hosting the AU Summit for ..

2019 edition of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD)

The World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is observed every year on 3rd May as an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of ..

El-Sissi Elected as New Chairman of African Union

The President of Egypt Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been elected as the new Chairman of the African Union at its Summit in Ethiopia. This has sparked off major voicing of concerns from the human rights group Amnesty International. While addressing the summit, Sissi said that he would focus on improving peace and security in the African ..

Egypt elected as chairman of African Union (AU)

Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been elected as the chairman of the African Union (AU) at the continental body’s summit in Ethiopia. El-Sisi’s election brought to an end the one-year chairmanship of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame. The Egyptian leader is expected to focus on the fight against armed groups on the continent and rebuilding efforts ..

African Continental Free Trade Area

The African Continental Free Trade Area is the result of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among all 55 members of the African Union. If ratified, the agreement would result in the largest free-trade area in terms of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade Organization. African heads of state gathered in Kigali, Rwanda in March 2018 to sign the proposed agreement. Forty-four of ..