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  • ECOWAS: Community Court President makes case for under-privileged litigants
    26 march 2015 12:40:33
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice President, Hon. Justice Maria de Ceu Silva Monteiro, has advocated the establishment of a legal aid fund in the region to support under-privileged citizens wishing to avail themselves of the services of the Community Court of Justice for cases under its jurisprudence. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS President appeals for peaceful polls in Nigeria
    25 march 2015 12:54:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Chairman, Ghana’s President John Mahama, has called for peaceful, free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS chair meets with Jonathan, head of INEC
    23 march 2015 19:00:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Ahead of Saturday's presidential and federal parliamentary elections in Nigeria, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Chairman and Ghanaian President John Draman Mahma Tuesday paid a one-day visit to Nigeria.Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Measures proposed to improve efficiency of ECOWAS Court to implement rights mandate
    23 march 2015 09:54:46
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) - Legal and human rights experts have identified three levels of intervention required to improve the effectiveness of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in discharging its enlarged mandate as the regional institution charged with the protection of the human rights of the citizens of the region. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau: President calls for zero tolerance for rights violation in West Africa
    21 march 2015 15:49:59
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) - President Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea Bissau has challenged ECOWAS citizens to contribute to the creation in the sub-region of an environment of ''zero tolerance'' for human rights violations and founded on the principles of justice, fairness and equality.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Experts meet on academic mobility in West Africa
    20 march 2015 14:23:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Regional education experts are meeting in Abuja on the ECOWAS Academic Mobility Programme (AMP), designed to boost access to education in areas of strategic importance to the region, including by providing scholarships at Masters and PhD degree levels. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Human rights advocates in W/Africa tasked as conference opens
    19 march 2015 14:02:21
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) - Guinea Bissau Premier Domingos Simoes Pereira has challenged human rights advocates in West Africa to integrate other dimensions of human rights into their effort for a more holistic campaign, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Measures against negative Ebola impact on women in W/Africa advocated
    17 march 2015 13:14:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Ministers in charge of Women Affairs and Gender have expressed total commitment to the complete eradication of Ebola in the region through various measures, the ECOWAS Commission said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Protection of ECOWAS citizens' rights for discussion at Bissau confab
    17 march 2015 12:46:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The role of the ECOWAS Community Court in the protection of the human rights of community citizens, as a fundamental value of the community, will be examined by legal and human rights experts during a biennial conference due to open in Bissau Wednesday, the Court said. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS civil society ponders regional mining code
    16 march 2015 18:15:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A three-day regional workshop on the contribution of the West African civil society organizations to the promotion of an ECOWAS mining legal and regulatory framework opened Monday in Dakar with about 40 participants drawn from 14 countries of the economic bloc and Mauritania. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Project to improve the management system of ECOWAS Court launched in Abuja
    10 march 2015 15:55:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice on Monday launched Ecolink, a new information technology-based administrative tool for the court, describing it as a platform that will strengthen inter-institutional relations and cohesion while ensuring greater transparency in the pursuit of the objectives of the Community. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Chief salutes West African women on Int'l Women's Day celebrations
    08 march 2015 15:30:50
    Abuja, Ngeria (PANA) - Felicitating with what he called "the industrious and wonderful women of West Africa" on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, has pledged to continue to work towards making gender equality a reality in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional envoys charged to plan ECOWAS 40th anniversary celebration
    04 march 2015 16:33:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, has urged Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Member States to ensure that their countries took active part in the ECOWAS 40th Anniversary celebrations this year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: West African police challenged on ECOWAS Vision 2020, African Standby Force
    04 march 2015 16:24:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Gendarmerie and Police authorities in West Africa have been challenged to support the actualization of the ECOWAS Vision 2020 and the realization of the Full Operational Capability of the African Standby Force, of which the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) is an integral component. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS institutes another award at FESPACO
    04 march 2015 12:40:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is instituting the award for the Best film Producer at this year’s Pan-African Television and Film Festival (FESPACO), which opened on 28 Feb. 2015, as a way of boosting the organisation’s involvement and visibility at the popular continental cinema event held in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS hails Mali Peace Accord
    03 march 2015 12:22:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has hailed the Mali Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in Algiers, Algeria, 1 March 2015, which it called the culmination of several months of dedication and tenacious commitment of all parties involved in the Malian talks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS court judge wants "outdated" regional protocol reviewed
    28 february 2015 14:36:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Justice Maria Do Céu Silva Monteiro, has described the 1982 regional Protocol defining community citizenship in ECOWAS as ‘outdated’ and called for its revision taking cognisance of the evolving regional and international dynamics of citizenship. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Member states adopt declaration on eradication of statelessness
    26 february 2015 12:21:18
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Following high-level consultations on 23-24 Feb., ECOWAS member states Wednesday adopted a Declaration on the prevention, reduction and elimination of statelessness in West Africa at a joint UNHCR/ECOWAS Ministerial Conference hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Development of ECOWAS policy on women and energy kicks off
    25 february 2015 16:43:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) is spearheading the development of a policy that will help address barriers hindering the participation of women in energy access in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region, the Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire-based finance house said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Court delegation for confab on statelessness
    22 february 2015 09:13:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Community Court of Justice President Maria Do Céu Monteiro will lead a delegation of the court to the inaugural ministerial conference on statelessness in West Africa, due to start in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire, on Monday, the court has announced. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS planning experts brainstorm on regional, national development plans
    18 february 2015 18:00:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - National planning experts from the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Wednesday began a three-day brainstorming in Lagos on the integration of the regional aspirations into national development plans. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Accept election shift in good faith, ECOWAS tells Nigerians
    09 february 2015 13:26:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has urged political actors in Nigeria to respect the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the country's general elections by six weeks.Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON: Ouedraogo hails Teams ECOWAS
    05 february 2015 15:30:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has congratulated “Teams ECOWAS” for their brilliant performances at the ongoing Africa Nations Cup tournament and encouraged them to go all out and retain the coveted trophy won by Nigeria at the last edition in 2013 in South Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: 7 new judges of ECOWAS Community Court to be installed 4 Feb.
    02 february 2015 18:05:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The seven new judges of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will be installed during the opening ceremony of the Court’s 2014/2015 legal year on Wednesday by the Chairman of the Judicial Council of the Community, Justice Mamadou Kone, who is also President of the Supreme Court of Cote d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission chief meets UN Africa's special envoy on deepening cooperation with RECs
    29 january 2015 13:45:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo and other Chief Executives of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, met with the UN Under-Secretary and Special Adviser on Africa, Ambassador Maged Abdelaziz, for discussions on wide-ranging issues, particularly the ways and means of boosting cooperation between the UN and the RECs in the continent. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community judges seek amendment of courts text on enforcement of decisions
    26 january 2015 09:36:13
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - The new judges of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have called for the amendment of the Community’s law on the enforcement of its decisions to eliminate the bottlenecks militating against the effectiveness of the Court. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Mechanism for enforcing ECOWAS Court decisions advocated
    22 january 2015 12:48:43
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - Judicial officers of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have urged member states to comply with a ten-year-old decision of the Community's leaders for the designation of focal points in their countries for the enforcement of the court's judgements. Full text...

  • Niger: ECOWAS foreign ministers discuss security situation in Nigeria
    20 january 2015 17:09:24
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Security in Nigeria was the main agenda of the conference held here Tuesday by Foreign Affairs Ministers from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), top officials of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and representatives of international organizations. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Past decisions of ECOWAS Court on the table as retreat opens
    19 january 2015 14:06:40
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - As the judicial officers of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice began a three-day retreat in Nigeria's southern city of Calabar Monday (19Jan), the 185 decisions taken during the first 10 years of the Court are among issues to be discussed during the session. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court promises better welfare for staff
    18 january 2015 12:55:53
    Calabar, Nigeria (PANA) - The new management of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has pledged a new era during which staff welfare will enjoy a “high premium” in order to create an environment conducive to the realisation of the regional court's objectives. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS mobilizes partners in coordinated move to defeat Ebola
    17 january 2015 16:34:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A High-Level international Coordination Meeting on the fight against Ebola, held in Accra, Ghana, on Friday, has called on development partners, including private-sector operators, to rally behind it in coordinated strategic efforts to defeat the epidemic. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS advocates massive private-sector support against Ebola
    17 january 2015 16:17:46
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The High-Level Coordination Meeting of ECOWAS partners in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which ended in Accra, Ghana, on Friday, has urged the private sector to galvanize their efforts towards mobilizing investments in the affected countries. Full text...

  • Senegal: IFDC recommends sustainable crops intensification in West Africa
    14 january 2015 22:01:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The country representative of the International Centre for Fertilizer Development (IFDC) in Senegal, Susan Van Keulen-Cantella, on Wednesday said that the development and improvement of the value chains of production of agricultural produce in Africa must go through an intensified and sustainable production of food crops.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, Partners to review Ebola response initiatives
    14 january 2015 15:20:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and its partners are to hold a High-Level Coordination Meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Friday to take stock of various partner/stakeholder initiatives within the context of an integrated regional response to the Ebola epidemic in the region. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS commended for gender equality initiatives
    14 january 2015 10:53:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal’s Minister of Women, Family and Child Protection Mariama Sarr has commended the ECOWAS Commission for its initiatives in the promotion of gender equality and sustainable development within the region, an ECOWAS Commission statement made available to PANA Wednesday said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS condemns sporadic attacks by Boko Haram
    13 january 2015 15:36:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has expressed 'grave concern' at the persistent attacks by the insurgent group, Boko Haram, in North-east Nigeria, following last week attack in Baga, Borno state, that some reports said left as many as 2,000 people dead. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS declares Liberia's special senatorial polls free, fair, credible
    26 december 2014 10:53:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has declared Liberia's special senatorial elections on 20 Dec. 2014 as ''free, fair, credible and transparent'', despite some ''insignificant shortcomings''. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS moves to correct imbalance in women participation in politics
    16 december 2014 10:19:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Determined to correct the imbalance in women participation in democratic elections and good governance, the ECOWAS Commission has mounted a technical workshop here towards the development of an ECOWAS Gender and Elections Strategy, and a pilot Fellowship Programme for Women in Peace and Security. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS seeks peace, stability in troubled member states
    16 december 2014 00:08:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is pushing for the restoration of peace and stability in several of its member states which are facing political instability and terrorism or are in the throes of transition to democratic governance, especially Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and Niger. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS seeks peace, stability in troubled member states
    15 december 2014 23:16:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is pushing for the restoration of peace and stability in several of its member states which are facing political instability and terrorism or are in the throes of transition to democratic governance, especially Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and Niger.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Summit ends in Abuja
    15 december 2014 19:35:58
    Abuja, NIgeria (PANA) - The 46th Ordinary session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government rounded off in Nigeria's inland capital city of Abuja Monday with key decisions on the fight against Ebola, terrorism and the deepening of democracy in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS leaders differ on Ebola death toll
    15 december 2014 14:38:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders, meeting here, Monday gave different death tolls from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that is ravaging several of the ECOWAS member states, highlighting what critics call gaps in the regional bloc's response to the scourge. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Common External Tariff launched
    15 december 2014 14:35:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET), one of the key integration objectives of the 15-member regional body, was finally launched in Abuja Monday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pervasive security at venue of ECOWAS Summit
    15 december 2014 13:26:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 46th Ordinary Summit of the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, is being held in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, amid stepped-up security in the face of the insurgency that is ravaging parts of Africa's most populous nation, PANA reported from here Monday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola, terrorism on the agenda as ECOWAS Summit opens in Abuja (By Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Abuja)
    15 december 2014 12:46:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Buffeted by the raging Ebola epidemic and terrorism, among other challenges, West African leaders Monday converged on Nigeria's glistening capital city of Abuja for their 46th Ordinary Summit, PANA reported from here.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola fears ring loud at ECOWAS meetings (By Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Nigeria)
    13 december 2014 16:15:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The frontlines of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that is ravaging parts of West Africa may be far from here, but the fear of the deadly disease is palpable at the headquarters of the regional bloc ECOWAS, which is hosting the preparatory meetings to the ECOWAS Summit scheduled for Monday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Despite Ebola, ECOWAS remains most dynamic REC in Africa'
    12 december 2014 12:42:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Despite being hit hard by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the ECOWAS region remains the most dynamic Regional Economic Community (REC) in Africa with an expected growth rate of 6.3% in 2014, according to ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS to get Centre for Disease Control
    12 december 2014 12:37:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The establishment of a Regional Centre for Disease Control in the West African sub-region will soon become a reality if the leaders of the region endorse the recommendation of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers who recently met in Abuja, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Biometric ID Card to be piloted in 2016
    12 december 2014 11:27:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The rollout of the ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card is to be piloted in 2016, according to the decision of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers which rounded off its 73rd meeting here Thursday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS to churn out new set of young entrepreneurs
    11 december 2014 08:58:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Another batch of young people from ECOWAS Member States will receive their certificates on 16 December, 2014, after the successful completion of their one-month intensive training at the Songhaï Centre, Porto-Novo, Benin Republic, according to an ECOWAS Commission press statement, received here by PANA. Full text...

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