Pan-African News Agency (PANA)
Also referred to as Agence d'information panafricaine
(AIPA) and Agence panafricaine d'information (API).
HISTORY AND PRESENT STATUS
The Pan-African News Agency was founded on 20 July
1979 in Addis Ababa, with the adoption of a convention
by African Ministers of Information. PANA took over
the activities of the Union des agences d'informations
Africaines, which had been set up in April 1963
PANA was officially inaugurated and commenced news
agency activities on 25 May 1983. PANA is a specialised
agency of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)
and has its headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, with
regional offices in Khartoum, Sudan; Lusaka, Zambia;
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Lagos,
Nigeria; and Tripoli, Libya.
RELEVANT TREATIES/PROTOCOLS ETC
The OAU Charter was adopted on 23 May 1963. South
Africa was admitted to the OAU on 23 May 1994 and
the OAU Charter became binding on South Africa on
that same date.
All member states of the OAU are members of PANA.
South African officially became a member of PANA
after becoming a member of the OAU on 23 May 1994.
The Seventh Ordinary Session of the Conference of
African Ministers of Information took place at Sun
City in October 1994. This was the first time that
an OAU-related activity took place on South African