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AU summit opens in Ethiopia

The 18th African Union summit opened on Sunday in Ethiopia/Photo/ReutersThe 18th African Union summit kicked opened on Sunday in Addis Ababa Ethiopia with 40 heads of state and government attending.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2012 09:02

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Two Sudans in a tug of oil war

The two countries, led by Salva Kiir (R) and Omar al-Bashir (L), have failed to reach an agreement over oil revenue/ Photo/ ReutersFor the second time in a month, Sudan and South Sudan failed to reach an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, leading Juba to announce a shut down of oil production on Saturday. Juba and Khartoum have been embroiled in a dispute over oil revenue since South Sudan gained its independence last year.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 14:39

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With love from Museveni to Kagame and Nguema

Museveni says he has achieved a lot since he came to power 26 years ago/Photo/ReutersUgandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has given medals to Equatorial Guinea strongman Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasago and Rwandan leader Paul Kagame for helping him seize power in 1986.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 03:17

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African economic growth halves in 2011



Janneh says that political developments will impact on Africa’s growth prospectsEconomic Growth in Africa fell by almost half in 2011 compared to the growth registered in the previous year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 19:13

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African Union: A big budget and a begging bowl

Some AU member states are failing to pay their annual subscriptions/Photo/ReutersThe African Union (AU) Commission has tabled a US$274 million budget proposal for 2012, which African leaders are expected to debate and later adopt.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 12:42

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African Union's big budget and begging bowl

The African Union (AU) Commission has tabled a US$274 million budget proposal for 2012, which African leaders are expected to debate and later adopt.

However, questions have been raised that the money is mainly sourced from donor partners, with some African members failing to pay their annual subscriptions.

The AU is owed millions of dollars in arrears, forcing the continental body to always extend the begging bowl for its activities.

Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, confirmed that most of the money had been obtained from the commission's partners, warning that this raised challenges as to who drove the body's agenda.

Mwencha said from the proposed budget, US$152 million was for development programmes, with the rest being allocated for various administration purposes.

"The member states are responsible for the operational budget. However, partners contribute a significant quota to the programme budget.

"This raises some challenges of ownership and emphasises the need for the union to seriously explore alternative sources of funding for its programmes," he said.

Mwencha indicated that the bulk of the programme budget is for improving food security and for promoting continental infrastructure as well as focus on energy, education, peace and security, health and gender.

The budget proposal reflects a slight increase from the US$256 million for the previous year.

A high level panel on alternative sources of financing the AU was commissioned under the leadership of Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria.

The panel is expected to submit their report shortly.

A number of member states have been sanctioned and will not take part in the AU's electoral processes for failure to pay their annual payment.

Leaders from Africa who will gather this weekend are expected to endorse the proposed budget.

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