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  • 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  • Nigeria: ECOWAS court judge wants "outdated" regional protocol reviewed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Maria Do Céu Silva Monteiro, has described the 1982 regional Protocol defining community citizenship in ECOWAS as ‘outdated’ and called for its revision taking cognisance of the evolving regional and international dynamics of citizenship.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...

  • 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...

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