Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • 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...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS boosts malaria elimination campaign
    01 april 2014 15:54:33
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has launched a regional sensitisation efforts on the planned region-wide application of biolarvicides for malaria elimination in the region, using the vector control strategy. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 'Disrupt Guinea Bissau election, face severe consequences'
    31 march 2014 11:18:15
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - ECOWAS has strongly warned that any attempt to disrupt Guinea Bissau's legislative and presidential elections next month will be met with ''severe consequences''. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS lifts infrastructure development with Treaty signing
    30 march 2014 15:54:48
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS took a major step in its avowed commitment to regional infrastructure development with the signing of the Treaty on the Lagos-Abidjan Highway Project, on the sidelines of its just-concluded 44th Ordinary Summit here, PANA reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: Ghana's President assumes office as ECOWAS Chair as summit ends
    29 march 2014 14:26:08
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 44th ordinary summit of ECOWAS rounded off here Saturday with President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana assuming the post of the chairmanship of the 15-member regional bloc. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ghana's President Mahama elected ECOWAS Chairman
    28 march 2014 20:18:40
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - President John Dramani Manama of Ghana has been elected chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ghana's President Mahama elected ECOWAS Chairman
    28 march 2014 20:10:06
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - President John Dramani Manama of Ghana has been elected chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: AU nudges Mali on all inclusive talks
    28 march 2014 18:29:58
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - African Union's High Representative for Mali and the Sahel, Mr. Pierre Buyoya, has called on the Malian authorities to launch all-inclusive talks to help achieve permanent peace and stability in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: West Africa's economy to grow by 7.1% in 2014
    28 march 2014 18:25:05
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - West Africa will remain the most dynamic African Regional Economic Community (REC) in 2014 with an economic growth rate forecast at 7.1 per cent, up from 6.3 per cent the previous year, according to the 2013 annual report presented by ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo to the summit of regional leaders in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: Ebola outbreak in Guinea, threat to regional security - ECOWAS
    28 march 2014 17:17:18
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for a regional response to the Ebola hemorrhagic fever which broke out in one of its member states, Guinea, and is threatening others, calling the outbreak ''a serious threat to regional security.” Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS 'makes quantum leap' in economic integration
    28 march 2014 16:47:45
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 15-member regional bloc ECOWAS has made a ''quantum leap'' in the advancement of its economic integration, with the adoption of Common External Tariff (CET), efforts to relaunch monetary integration and the conclusion of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the EU, a top ECOWAS official said Friday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: '2013, year of ECOWAS victory'
    28 march 2014 16:10:12
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo has described 2013 as the ''year of ECOWAS victory over the forces of terrorism, crime and obscurantism as well as over the demons of division and destabilisation''. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: 44th ECOWAS Summit records impressive turnout of leaders (Corrected, adding Mamadou Issoufou of Niger)
    28 march 2014 15:35:26
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 44th Ordinary Summit of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, which started off in Cote d'Ivoire's inland capital city of Yamoussoukro here Friday, is being attended by 13 Heads of State and Government, a turnout considered impressive by observers. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS leaders meet in Yamoussoukro
    28 march 2014 10:42:38
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 44th ordinary session of the ECOWAS heads of state and government opened here Friday with the Chairman, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, presiding. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan leaves for ECOWAS summit Thursday
    26 march 2014 18:31:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, will depart Abuja Thursday for Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire, to participate in the 44th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Church leaders demand ''full transparency'' on EPA negotiations
    25 march 2014 21:34:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the ECOWAS Heads of States and Governments Summit in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, 28-30 March, Nigerian Church leaders have demanded for full transparency and accountability in the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 7 judges recruited for ECOWAS court of justice
    21 march 2014 16:02:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Judicial Council, comprising the Chief Justices of Member States, has approved the recommendations of its ad-hoc committee on the recruitment of seven new judges to replace those whose terms have expired at the Community Court of Justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS condoles with Sierra Leone over Pres. Kabbah
    18 march 2014 09:03:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo has expressed ''shock and sadness'' at the the passing away of the former President of Sierra Leone, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, at the age of 82 Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS condoles with Nigeria over Uwechue's death
    18 march 2014 08:48:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission Presdident Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has expressed a ''profound sense of grief'' at the death of Nigerian diplomat Raph Uwechue, at the age of 79. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS fast tracking regional integration through free movement
    15 march 2014 13:57:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has said it is irrevocably committed to facilitating regional integration through effective implementation of its flagship free movement protocol and programmes, which promote unfettered circulation of persons, goods and services. Full text...

  • Togo: Churches warn ECOWAS on EPA
    13 march 2014 14:13:07
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Secretary-General of the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa, Rev. Tolbert Thomas Jallah, Jr., has expressed great disappointment over the fast-track conclusion of the EPA deal between ECOWAS and the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS trains Senegalese journos on SALW
    12 march 2014 16:39:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - About 30 Senegalese journalists on Tuesday began a three-day workshop in Dakar aimed at sensitising and building the capacity of the media on the flow of small arms and light weapons (SALW).Full text...

  • Benin: Minister commends ECOWAS Commission on regional integration
    03 march 2014 14:51:17
    Ouidah, Benin (PANA) - The Minister for Economy and Finance in Benin, Mr. Jonas Gbian, has commended the collaborative efforts of the ECOWAS Commission and its Member States in promoting the integration process, saying that this had created, among others, a better understanding of the regional Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and Goods. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS ministers meet in Abuja over Lagos-Abidjan highway project
    28 february 2014 08:06:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ministers of Works and Road Infrastructure of the five ECOWAS Member States involved in the multi-million-dollar Lagos-Abidjan Corridor Highway Project meet in Abuja Friday to put in motion activities towards the actualization of the 1,028-kilometre road project linking some of the region's major capital cities and ports. Full text...

  • Niger: ECOWAS meeting on biometric national identity card holds
    26 february 2014 17:53:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Security ministers from ECOWAS member states met here Wednesday to discuss the entry into circulation of the biometric national identity card in the Community. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, Benin promote regional integration with Caravan
    25 february 2014 12:26:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and the Government of Benin Republic will use the 9th Benin National Caravan, which opened Monday, as a collaborative platform to sensitise the citizens on the ECOWAS-led regional integration process, the Commission said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Regional ministers endorse compromises for EPA negotiations
    25 february 2014 09:07:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - West Africa’s ministers of finance and trade have adopted the compromise proposals for concluding the decade-long negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) for a free trade area of the two regions, the ECOWAS Commission said in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Meeting on zero hunger initiative for West Africa holds in Accra
    23 february 2014 09:53:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other partners, will this week launch the West Africa Zero Hunger Initiative targetting the eradication of hunger in the region and adopting a new approach to the governance of agricultural, food and nutrition issues in West Africa during an inception workshop scheduled for Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Senegal: West African Finance Ministers meet on EPA
    17 february 2014 12:53:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A meeting of West Africa’s Ministers of Finance and Trade opened in Dakar, Senegal, Monday to consider proposals for concluding the protracted negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU), PANA reported. Full text...

  • Mali: ECOWAS assures of continued assistance to Mali
    14 february 2014 00:05:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - ECOWAS will continue to offer assistance to Malians affected by the multidimensional crisis faced by the country, the regional bloc's Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Mrs Fatimata Dia Sow, said in Bamako Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Scale-up of regional peace, security architecture approved
    13 february 2014 09:17:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Regional Ambassadors accredited to ECOWAS and the Technical Committee on Political Affairs have made additional recommendations for the operationalisation and strengthening of the regional peace and security architecture, particularly rapid and effective diplomatic and military responses to serious emergency situations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: China, ECOWAS to partner on infrastructural facilities
    12 february 2014 16:04:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In line with its commitment to contribute to the integration and development of the West African region, China says it is considering to assist ECOWAS improve its infrastructure. Full text...

  • Ghana: 'ECOWAS must respond rapidly, effectively to regional crisis'
    11 february 2014 08:55:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission Vice President Toga McIntosh has underscored the need for the ECOWAS peace and security mechanisms to respond rapidly and effectively to the crises in the region, drawing lessons from the recent crisis in Mali. Full text...

  • Ghana: Experts call for effective ECOWAS Standby Force
    09 february 2014 08:52:08
    Akosombo, Ghana (PANA) - Experts who reviewed the ECOWAS intervention in Mali have urged the regional bloc to sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with its member states to enable them dedicate military units to the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF), as part of efforts to strengthen and operationalise the regional peace and security architecture. Full text...

  • Togo: ECOWAS Court to sit in Togo 10-14 Feb.
    07 february 2014 11:43:48
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will sit from 10 to 14 February in Lome, the Togolese capital, PANA learned Friday from judicial sources. Full text...

  • Ghana: Indian delegation visits ECOWAS regional electricity authority
    05 february 2014 14:50:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - An Indian delegation Tuesday visited the offices of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, where it met with the organisation's Chairman, El Hadj Ibrahima Thiam. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: New ECOWAS Commissioners assume duty
    05 february 2014 14:15:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The seven new Commissioners of the ECOWAS Commission have assumed duty, the Commission said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: 'ECOWAS committed to bright future of community children'
    05 february 2014 11:56:45
    Akosombo, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is committed to ensuring the brightest future for Community children through the implementation of various child protection, education and development programmes, ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo said in Akosombo, Ghana, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ouedraogo urges 'sober reflection' on ECOWAS intervention in Mali
    05 february 2014 11:42:10
    Akosombo, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has called on partners and stakeholders to undertake a "sober reflection, healthy debate, and open self-criticism" of the regional bloc's interventions in Mali, in order to help the organisation and the region "to improve their conflict management and resolution capacity." Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Experts to review ECOWAS interventions in Mali
    03 february 2014 15:04:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Experts on regional political and security matters, social and humanitarian affairs, diplomacy and communication, among others, are to meet in Akosombo, Ghana, from Tuesday to review ECOWAS’ initiatives and responses to the recent security, political, and institutional crises in Mali. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 7 new commissioners approved for ECOWAS Commission
    24 january 2014 13:09:57
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has approved the appointment of seven new Commissioners into the expanded ECOWAS Commission, bringing the total number of Commissioners to 15, the Commission announced Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Partnership against international crime launched
    23 january 2014 13:30:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African Police Information System (WAPIS) Programme Office, a partnership initiative of the International Criminal Investigation Police Organisation (INTERPOL), ECOWAS and the European Union (EU), was officially launched in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city and seat of ECOWAS, Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: West Africa, EU resume EPA negotiations in Dakar
    22 january 2014 16:56:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - West Africa and the European Union (EU) on Monday resumed their suspended Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations for the creation of a free trade area at a four-day senior officials’ meeting in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

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