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  • 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...

  • Nigeria: Real GDP growth in West Africa to be higher in 2015 despite Ebola
    10 december 2014 15:16:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Economic growth in the West African sub-region in 2015 is expected to be impressive despite the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which is currently ravaging some countries in the region, a senior West African official has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Donors' conference for Guinea-Bissau holds in Brussels early 2015
    10 december 2014 13:27:08
    Abuja, NIgeria (PANA) - An international donors' conference to mobilise funds for Guinea-BIssau will be held in Brussels, Belgium, early in 2015, according to ECOWAS Council of MInisters' Chair Hanna Serwaa Teteh. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS member states to deploy military personnel to fight Ebola
    09 december 2014 06:09:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Member States have pledged to deploy, over the next six months, some 192 military medical personnel to strengthen the fight against the Ebola epidemic in the region’s most affected countries. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Defence Chiefs meet on Ebola
    08 december 2014 08:19:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff kick off an extraordinary meeting in Ghana's capital, Accra, Monday to strengthen regional response against the Ebola outbreak which has inflicted huge humanitarian and economic tolls on the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS member states urged to pay up financial contributions
    03 december 2014 14:51:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Member States have been urged to pay up their financial contributions to facilitate the smooth running of the organisation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS regional common external tariff to come into effect Jan. 1, 2015
    28 november 2014 15:45:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Preparations for the January 2015 take off of the regional Common External Tariff (CET) has started in Accra, Ghana, with two landmark meetings of experts and ministers to evaluate the preparedness at the national and regional levels for the implementation of the harmonised tariff regime, an important milestone on the road to the creation of a customs union for West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS asks international community for more aid to contain Ebola
    27 november 2014 19:19:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday solicited the help of the international community towards tackling the Ebola scourge ravaging its member states of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS lauds EU, other partners for their support
    27 november 2014 13:48:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has commended the European Union (EU) and other development partners, especially the World Bank, UNIDO and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), for supporting the regional economic and trade integration process and the West African private sector competitiveness programmes. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgian minister briefs Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea diplomats on efforts to contain Ebola
    26 november 2014 18:11:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgian Minister of Cooperation and Development Alexander De Croo on Wednesday received Sierra Leonean, Liberian and Guinean diplomats in his office in Brussels to brief them about the measures taken by Belgium to fight the deadly Ebola virus disease and said that a large part of his departmental budget would be devoted to the task.Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU commits Euros 40m to ECOWAS projects for economic integration
    26 november 2014 16:56:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union has committed Euros 40 million (US $60 million) to the launch of two projects aimed at achieving economic integration and attracting private sector investments in West African states, it was officially announced here Wednesday.Full text...

  • Ghana: Health workers from ECOWAS states train for deployment to Ebola-hit nations
    24 november 2014 09:31:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Health workers from six ECOWAS member states will undergo training from Monday (24Nov) in Ghana's capital, Accra, ahead of their deployment to the three countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak in the region, an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Monday said.Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'WAHO needs extra US$2.5m annually to fight epidemics'
    20 november 2014 09:59:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African Health Organisation (WAHO), the specialised institution responsible for health in the region, requires an additional US$2.5 million annually to strengthen its capacity to fight epidemics, according to its Chief Executive, Dr. Xavier Crespin. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS welcomes charter signing, appointment of transitional President in B/Faso
    17 november 2014 14:54:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS on Monday welcomed the signing of the charter of transition and the appointment of a transitional President in Burkina Faso, saying these actions demonstrate the will of the country's people to focus on its best interests. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian state peps up ECOWAS Ebola battle
    16 november 2014 10:26:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's southern Rivers State has announced the donation of 5,000 complete set of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to ECOWAS in support of the member states affected by the outbreak that has claimed more than 5,000 lives mainly in the region. Full text...

  • Senegal: Seneglese Ibrahima Fall appointed ECOWAS Special Envoy in Burkina Faso
    12 november 2014 18:15:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The chairman of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has appointed Ibrahima Fall of Senegal as Special Envoy in Burkina Faso, with the mission to "facilitate dialogue between various stakeholders", in accordance with the recommendations from the extraordinary summit of Heads of State and Government, held in Accra recently.Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola response should address issues of fear, stigmatisation - Mahama
    07 november 2014 10:25:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Regional and international responses to the Ebola scourge should “extend beyond the obvious and tangible needs” and address equally critical issues of fear and stigmatisation and the growing number of children being orphaned by the disease, ECOWAS chairman and Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has said.Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS to set up centre for disease prevention, control
    07 november 2014 00:46:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has been directed to set up a regional centre for disease prevention and control in West Africa and for the enhancement of health research in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Ghana: Togo's President Gnassingbe to supervise EVD response, eradication process
    07 november 2014 00:29:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders who met at an extraordinary session in Accra, Ghana, Thursday have appointed Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe as the supervisor of the Ebola Virus Disease response and eradication process, according to a communique issued at the end of the one-day meeting. Full text...

  • Ghana: Minister urges cautious optimism on Ebola response
    06 november 2014 18:10:55
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah has lauded the progress in regional and international responses to the fight against Ebola, with Nigeria and Senegal recently declared free of the disease, but cautioned against letting down the guards on the outbreak that has claimed more than 5,000 lives mainly in West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan to attend one-day ECOWAS summit on Ebola in Ghana
    05 november 2014 18:42:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will Thursday join other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra, Ghana, for an emergency one-day Summit on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: ECOWAS leaders assess current situation in Burkina Faso
    05 november 2014 17:40:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three ECOWAS leaders Wednesday arrived in Ouagadougou to discuss with Burkinabe political stakeholders the ongoing situation following the army takeover of government after President Blaise Compaore's resignation.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional Solidarity Fund for Ebola falls short
    05 november 2014 15:29:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The US$15 million ECOWAS Regional Solidarity Fund (RSF), created in July 2014 to meet the demands of the three West African states worst hit by Ebola, has recorded contributions totaling only US$4.5 million, according to the Director-General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), Dr. Xavier Crespin. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS leaders to hold extra-ordinary summit on Ebola, Burkina Faso
    04 november 2014 23:19:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders are due to meet at an extra-ordinary summit in Accra, Ghana, 6-7 Nov. 2014 to review the regional response to the Ebola outbreak and also discuss the political development in Burkina Faso, the ECOWAS Commission said Tuesday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Mission heads to Burkina Faso
    03 november 2014 18:49:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A special mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is due in Burkina Faso on Wednesday as part of ongoing efforts to ensure a peaceful restoration of constitutional order in the country, the ECOWAS Commission announced Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS calls for calm in Burkina Faso
    30 october 2014 19:19:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday called on all the people of Burkina Faso to remain calm and law abiding following violence in the capital during protests against President Blaise Compaore who has been accused of trying to amend the constitution that would allow him to run for another term of office. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS urges more support for regional Ebola response
    29 october 2014 13:10:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, has called for more international support for the regional Ebola response and a coordinated approach to ongoing efforts to defeat the scourge which has claimed some 5,000 lives from the more than 10,000 cases reported mainly in West Africa from March 2014. Full text...

  • 2014 AWC: ECOWAS chief commends Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire for sterling performances
    29 october 2014 12:51:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, has poured encomiums on the Nigerian and Ivorian national soccer teams for putting up brilliant performances at the just-ended 9th African Women Championship (AWC) in Windhoek, Namibia. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS salutes Nigeria, Senegal over Ebola success
    24 october 2014 16:43:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has congratulated Nigeria and Senegal for their ''exemplary response'' to the Ebola outbreak, which has resulted in the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the two ECOWAS Member States free of the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: AfDB gives US$300,000 to tackle Ebola
    23 october 2014 12:55:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed a Grant Protocol agreement for US$300,000 towards the coordination of Ebola Crisis Response Project in the most affected countries in the region – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, Canada to strengthen cooperation
    17 october 2014 09:06:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and Canada have agreed to strengthen and deepen cooperation in various strategic areas, including regional security, trade, economic development and investment, capacity building and humanitarian issues, the ECOWAS Commission said in a statement here. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS develops crisis communication, community mobilisation strategies on Ebola
    12 october 2014 13:53:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Regional experts in crisis communication and community mobilization have validated harmonized messages to be rolled out with strategic tools to engender massive community participation towards strengthening national and regional responses to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that has claimed more than 4,000 lives from the more than 8,000 cases reported in the ECOWAS region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Citizens of 3 West African states repatriated for 'nefarious activities'
    10 october 2014 12:58:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has repatriated 82 citizens of three West African states over alleged ''nefarious activities'' that are capable of undermining the country’s security. Full text...

  • Ghana: Experts devise strategy to address info gap in Ebola response
    01 october 2014 10:55:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Regional and international communication experts have developed clear and harmonised messages to address the information gap in national and regional responses to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has claimed more than 3,000 lives from over 6,000 cases reported in the ECOWAS region, the ECOWAS Commission said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS ministerial group wants regional security forces to bolster Ebola fight
    27 september 2014 14:59:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Coordinating Ministerial Group for the implementation of the Regional Operational Plan on the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has called for an urgent mobilization of the Armed and Security Forces of Member States to strengthen the regional response and interventions against the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ghana to host 1st ECOWAS Mining/Oil Exhibition
    25 september 2014 08:53:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 1st Forum/Exhibition of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on mining and oil (ECOMOF 2015) will be held 6-8 Oct. 2015 in Ghana's capital, Accra, an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Thursday said.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission chief, Nigerian reporters parley on Ebola
    23 september 2014 14:37:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has laid special emphasis on the fundamental role of the media in promoting social mobilization, critical for the successful fight against the Ebola virus disease, which has already killed 2,442 people out of the 4,872 cases reported in West Arica since March 2014. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS defence chiefs pledge support for anti-Ebola fight
    14 september 2014 16:24:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS military chiefs have pledged the support of the military of member states for the battle against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which is ravaging the region. Full text...

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