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  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission honours its fallen hero
    23 august 2014 12:28:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Management and Staff of ECOWAS Commission have held a special prayer service in honour of the Protocol Assistant at its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Salihu Abdulqudir Jatto, who died 12 Aug. after a brief illness, the Commission said in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS staff dies of Ebola
    12 august 2014 20:59:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), becoming the second Nigerian to die of the disease which is ravaging parts of West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS intensifies measures to contain Ebola
    08 august 2014 18:43:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With four of its member states hit by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced on Friday that it had intensified measures to contain the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS accredits three new ambassadors
    01 august 2014 22:38:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Three new ambassadors from India, China and Algeria to Nigeria on Friday presented their Letters of Credence for concurrent accreditation to the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) to the President of the Commission Kadré Desire Ouédraogo in Abuja. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS working with member states, partners to defeat Ebola - Ouédraogo
    01 august 2014 22:11:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is cooperating with Member States and international partners to stem the spread of the Ebola virus disease which has claimed more than 720 lives from over 1,000 cases reported in the region, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Only Nigeria has met convergence criteria for ECOWAS Single Currency'
    16 july 2014 12:39:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is the only country to have met the four primary convergence criteria required for attaining the proposed single currency for the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), according to local media reports Wednesday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: At 39, ECOWAS on irreversible path to regional integration (Feature by Paul Ejime, PANA Guest Writer)
    15 july 2014 12:42:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Africa’s flagship Regional Economic Community, deserves credit for surviving a myriad of political, security and socio-economic distractions and remaining focused on the principal goal of its founding fathers. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS to abolish resident permit for member states' citizens
    14 july 2014 18:31:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The ECOWAS Commission Monday announced the abolition of the ‘Residence permit’ requirement which confers legal rights to citizens of the sub-region to reside in any other member nation without molestation or being tagged ‘illegal alien’. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS leaders express concern about growing menace of terrorism
    10 july 2014 22:15:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday expressed deep concerns over the growing menace of terrorism in member states.Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS leaders call for strengthening of economic reforms
    10 july 2014 21:42:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) say there is a positive outlook of regional growth achieved during the first half of this year and urged member states to sustain their efforts of diversification, particularly by strengthening economic, budgetary and financial reforms. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS leaders establish solidarity fund for Ebola
    10 july 2014 21:23:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African leaders, noting the continuous threat of the Ebola virus in the sub-region, on Thursday directed the establishment of a solidarity fund as part of efforts to contain and manage the disease which has killed nearly 500 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Summit opens
    10 july 2014 13:27:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday began a two-day summit in Ghana's capital, Accra, with issues of free movement of people, biometric identity cards, security, single currency and the Ebola virus high on the agenda, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: President Ouattara leaves for ECOWAS summit in Accra
    09 july 2014 18:44:12
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, was due in Accra Wednesday where he take part in the 45th ECOWAS ordinary summit of heads of State and government, to be held in the Ghanaian capital 10-11 July, official sources told PANA.Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan for ECOWAS Summit in Ghana
    09 july 2014 15:06:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, is due in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, Wednesday to participate in the Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, scheduled to open Thursday, according to a presidency press statement here. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS ministers meet ahead of mid-year Summit
    08 july 2014 10:16:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence were meeting here Tuesday to discuss the political and security situation in the Region, including the post-transition reforms in Guinea Bissau, latest developments in Mali and the report of Experts on the establishment of National Early Warning Mechanisms.Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS to hold mid-year summit in Accra
    07 july 2014 22:58:44
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama, will be hosting leaders of the sub-region at a two-day summit in Accra from 10-11 July, according to a statement issued in Accra on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS moves to maximise investment benefits
    03 july 2014 16:38:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has called on member states to adopt its newly-developed regional investment climate monitoring mechanism and undertake relevant reform initiatives to improve the policy environment in order to optimise the benefits of a common investment market in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional free movement forum to be held in Ouagadougou
    02 july 2014 13:46:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 100 stakeholders from ECOWAS member states will converge in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from Thursday (3 July) for a Regional Citizens Forum to consider mechanisms to address obstacles to free movement of persons and goods in the region, the ECOWAS Commission said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS nudges member states on payment systems integration
    26 june 2014 14:08:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called on member states to intensify efforts toward the setting up of a regional Payment and Settlement System, as a key component of an ECOWAS Common Investment Market (ECIM) and a necessary building block for the establishment of an economic-union. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS chief wants Community Levy Protocol faithfully implemented
    17 june 2014 14:09:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has appealed for the “consistent implementation of the Community Levy Protocol and Mechanisms” by member states to provide the regional organisation with the requisite funds to meet its financial obligations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS ministers to meet in Accra
    17 june 2014 12:34:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers is due to meet in Accra, Ghana, 19-20 June to consider wide ranging issues of common interest and concern to member states, including security, economic development and regional integration. Full text...

  • 2014 FIFA WC: Teams ECOWAS urged to do region proud in Brazil
    12 june 2014 23:39:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has urged the region’s three representatives at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil - Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria - to do the Community proud by surpassing Africa’s previous quarter-final record at the Mundial.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS court rules Gambia failed to investigate journalist's murder
    11 june 2014 16:08:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has welcomed Tuesday's ruling by a West African regional court, which found that the Gambian government failed to conduct a meaningful investigation into the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body hails ECOWAS court decision on Nigerian forces
    11 june 2014 12:08:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Tuesday's ECOWAS Court decision against the Nigerian security forces, who indiscriminately opened fire on peaceful protesters in Bundu Ama in Southern Rivers state almost five years ago, is a victory against impunity, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Dakar to host meeting on ECOWAS Common External Tariff
    10 june 2014 18:00:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A national workshop on the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) will be held Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, according to an official statement obtained Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: China, ECOWAS agree on strategic mechanism for effective cooperation
    10 june 2014 16:05:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and China have agreed to establish a strategic consultative mechanism that will provide the framework for defining and implementing their cooperation for greater effectiveness. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Centre to coordinate maritime safety, security in Gulf of Guinea established
    06 june 2014 13:41:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Chief executives of the three organisations in the Gulf of Guinea have signed an agreement to establish a centre to coordinate their safety and security responses to the challenges of the gulf, PANA learnt Friday. Full text...

  • Mali: 2 associations launch campaign against obstacles to free movement in ECOWAS
    02 june 2014 17:27:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Association of Deportees (AME) and the Association of Central African Refugees in Mali (ARACEM) on Sunday launched an advocacy campaign for the abolition of obstacles to the free movement within the West African sub-region, PANA reported from here.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military shows leadership in ECOWAS anti-Malaria war
    31 may 2014 14:34:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Military personnel from Ghana and Togo recently carried out an environmental sanitation exercise at the border town of Aflao marking the official launch by ECOWAS of the preparatory phase of the application of the anti-mosquito biolarvicide product to intensify the regional war against malaria. Full text...

  • Mali: ECOWAS Common Database launched
    31 may 2014 08:20:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The ECOWAS common economic, monetary and financial database (ECOBASE) was launched for operationalisation and implementation by member states at a ceremony in Bamako, Mali, Friday, according to the ECOWAS Commission.Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS leaders meet on Mali, Nigeria
    30 may 2014 10:25:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders were billed to meet here Friday at an extra-ordinary summit to discuss the security situations in Mali and Nigeria, among other issues, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: ECOWAS military depot to boost rapid response to conflicts - VP
    30 may 2014 09:46:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The military depot being built by ECOWAS in Sierra Leone will boost the region's rapid military response to conflicts, ECOWAS Commission Vice President Toga McIntosh said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS to launch common database to fast track regional integration, economic dev.
    29 may 2014 08:17:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Common Database (ECOBASE) is to be launched for operationalisation and implementation by member states at a four-day meeting which opens in Bamako, Mali Friday, the ECOWAS Commission has announced. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Former PM wants Mauritania back in ECOWAS
    28 may 2014 18:51:26
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Yahya Ould Ahmed Waghef, president of the Opposition National Pact for Democracy and Development (NPSD/ADIL) and former Prime Minister (2008-2009), has made a passionate appeal for the return of Mauritania to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS ). Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS member states urged to develop national security strategies
    26 may 2014 09:15:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Regional security experts have urged ECOWAS member states to develop National Security Strategies with developmental objectives where they do not currently exist, in the wake of increasing security threats in West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS seeks reform of regional security sector, governance
    23 may 2014 09:33:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called for profound and urgent security sector and governance reforms at national and regional levels for effective response to emerging security threats in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Biolarvicide application launch to boost ECOWAS war against malaria
    22 may 2014 09:21:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With the planned launch of the application of anti-mosquito biolarvicide product at Aflao on the Ghana-Togo border 28 May, the ECOWAS Day, the war by the regional bloc against malaria is set to achieve a major milestone.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS calls Guinea-Bissau free, fair, credible
    20 may 2014 09:33:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has said Sunday's presidential run-off in Guinea-Bissau was conducted in a ''free, fair, transparent and credible manner'' despite some shortcomings.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS reviews flagship free movement protocol
    15 may 2014 00:04:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has launched a review of its flagship free movement protocol to eliminate the requirement for residence permit which has been a source of “discrimination and harassment” of community citizens, ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS security, intelligence chiefs meet in Ghana over Boko Haram
    14 may 2014 00:28:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the backdrop of the worsening terrorist attacks in Nigeria and the abduction of over 200 school girls by the Boko Haram terror group, chiefs of security and intelligence of ECOWAS member states are due to meet in Ghana's capital, Accra, Wednesday, PANA reported, quoting Nigerian defence sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Gender training workshop opens in Abuja
    29 april 2014 12:46:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A three-day National Gender Training Workshop opened in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Tuesday with a consensus by participants that the West African sub-region would gain more if women are properly mainstreamed into governance and decision making.Full text...

  • Mali: Malian diplomat elected coordinator of WACSOF
    28 april 2014 15:49:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The former Malian ambassador to Germany and President of the Association for the Promotion and Defence of Women's Rights (APDF), Fatoumata Siré Diakité, was Sunday in Bamako elected coordinator of the national platform of the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) for a four-year term.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS parliament meets in Ghana, task leaders on security, employment
    24 april 2014 17:52:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A two-day dialogue session on the challenges of border crossing and opportunities for trade and finance for ECOWAS parliament member countries has begun in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Morocco: ECOWAS seeks Moroccan support to promote stability in the Sahel
    23 april 2014 14:35:23
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission President, Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, is seeking support from Morocco to enable the regional body to consolidate stability and peace as well as promote development in the Sahel region.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS certifies G/Bissau election free, fair, transparent
    15 april 2014 13:42:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has certified Sunday's legislative and presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau ''peaceful, free, fair and transparent''. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Private-sector operators validate ECOWAS investment code, policy
    06 april 2014 10:34:09
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Representatives of regional organized private sector and other stakeholders rose from their three-day meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on Saturday, validating the draft ECOWAS Investment Code and Policy, with minor amendments.Full text...

  • Mali: 8th session of ECOWAS tax administration forum opens in Bamako
    04 april 2014 17:03:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The tax administrations from the 15 ECOWAS member countries are taking part in the eighth session of the forum for West Africa’s tax administrations (FAFAO) that opened here Friday, sources close to the Malian ministry of Economy and Finances told PANA. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 'Massive sensitisation necessary ahead of malaria elimination campaign'
    04 april 2014 08:48:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A meeting preparatory to the application of biolarvicides under the ECOWAS Malaria Elimination Campaign has ended in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, with a call for the organisation of national conferences to harmonise and deepen public knowledge before the commencement of the application by the next ECOWAS Day on 28 May 2014. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS rallies support for regional investment code, policy
    04 april 2014 08:36:32
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has urged the organised private sector and other stakeholders to make quality input into the draft ECOWAS Investment Code and Policy, the adoption of which is crucial to the effective implementation of the regional Common Investment Market (ECIM). Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS seeks awareness on role of capital markets
    03 april 2014 13:53:34
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called on market operators and other stakeholders to step up citizenship awareness of the roles of capital markets in wealth creation and management and overall economic development, to maximise the benefits of the upcoming integrated regional capital markets. Full text...

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