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  • 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...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Commission rallies military against Ebola
    10 september 2014 11:20:34
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called on the defence forces of its member states to lend their professional support towards defeating the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has claimed more than 2,000 lives from almost 4,000 cases reported in the region since Dec. 2013.Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Defence Chiefs meet in Accra
    08 september 2014 08:27:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African military chiefs are due to meet in Ghana's capital, Accra, for three days starting Tuesday to review the general security situation in the region and determine adequate responses, the ECOWAS Commission said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ouedraogo hails 'excellent' relations with UN under Djinnit
    04 september 2014 17:05:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Désiré Kadré Ouédraogo has hailed the excellent collaboration and mutually-beneficial relation between the region and the UN System during the tenure of outgoing Ambassador Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of the UN Office in West Africa (UNOWA). Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Civil society urges ECOWAS to appoint special envoy to lead Ebola fight
    03 september 2014 11:12:38
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Over forty civil society organisations have called for the appointment of a special envoy of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lead the fight against the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 1,500 people in the sub-region.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Electoral institute partner with ECOWAS, AU on capacity building.
    03 september 2014 08:40:45
    Osogbo, Nigeria (PANA) - The Electoral Institute (TEI), an organ of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has concluded arrangements to provide technical assistance to other electoral bodies in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), according to its Director General, Prof. Abubakar Momoh. Full text...

  • 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...

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