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  • 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...

  • 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...

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