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  • Ghana: Senegalese president Sall elected ECOWAS chair
    19 may 2015 21:30:01
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - President of Senegal Macky Sall was on Tuesday elected the new Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Full text...

  • Ghana: 'Fight against Boko Haram is far from over' - ECOWAS chairman
    19 may 2015 15:40:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 47th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and government opened in Accra on Tuesday with a caution that the fight against the Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group is far from over despite the surge against it.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan to attend his last ECOWAS Summit
    19 may 2015 09:07:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan leaves here Tuesday for Accra, Ghana, to attend the 47th ECOWAS Summit, which will be his last since he is due to vacate office 29 May after losing the 28 March presidential election. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Integration ministers tasked on Court of Justice decision implementation
    17 may 2015 21:39:27
    Accra, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Community Court of Justice President Maria do Ceu Silva Monteiro has asked ministers responsible for regional integration in West Africa to assist the court in facilitating the creation of focal points for the implementation of the court’s decisions in their countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Court awards US$ 250,000 damages to wrongly dismissed police officer
    16 may 2015 13:03:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the government of Sierra Leone to pay US$ 250,000 in damages for the ‘pre-meditated’ dismissal of a police officer, Mohammed El Tayyib Bah, based on a ‘concocted allegation’ without affording him the opportunity to defend himself. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: 40th Anniversary Celebrations postponed
    13 may 2015 14:28:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Wednesday announced the postponement of the celebration of its 40th anniversary, originally scheduled for 28 May 2015 in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where it is based. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt dragged to ECOWAS Court over suffering of IDPs
    12 may 2015 10:25:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the country's federal government to the ECOWAS Community Court in the capital city of Abuja over “immense suffering of Internally Displaced Persons across the country”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Centre launched to boost maritime security in Gulf of Guinea
    06 may 2015 18:18:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has inaugurated its Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre for Zone “E” in Cotonou, Benin, to respond to security threats and other maritime issues along the territorial waters of Togo, Niger, Benin and Nigeria on the Gulf of Guinea. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS to partner with urban music organizers to deepen regional integration
    04 may 2015 14:50:34
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has pledged to strengthen partnership with the organizers of the Urban Music Festival (Festival des Musiques Urbaines d’Anoumba FEMUA), as a way of deepening integration of the region using culture and music. Full text...

  • Togo: Two W/African leaders pay 'solidarity visit' to Togo after successful polls
    30 april 2015 12:52:06
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Two West African leaders have paid a solidarity visit to Togo following the country's presidential elections of 25 April, which the regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said were held under acceptable free and transparent conditions. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Experts urge vigilance, sustained measures against Ebola
    30 april 2015 12:36:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Governments in West Africa should improve health governance by scaling up investments in health infrastructure and human capital to ensure proactive responses to pandemics such as Ebola, a panel of discussants on Ebola has recommended. Full text...

  • Togo: 'Presidential poll held under acceptable conditions'
    30 april 2015 10:01:44
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The presidential elections in Togo on Saturday were held “under acceptable free and transparent conditions,” the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission has declared. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS unveils operational manual for use by national offices
    26 april 2015 17:13:41
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has officially unveiled an Operational Manual for use by National Offices to engage Member States in the effective implementation and monitoring of Community programmes and activities at national level. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ministers to validate strategy for implementing West Africa industrial policy
    19 april 2015 14:04:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ministers in charge of Industry and Quality in West Africa are to meet Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Ex-Nigerian head of state advocates Government of West African States
    17 april 2015 13:48:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Yakubu Gowon, a retired army general, former Nigerian Head of Sate and a founding father of ECOWAS, has advocated the creation of a Government of West African States for the common good of the 15-nation Community’s estimated 300 million people as a building block for the United States of Africa. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS condemns xenophobic attacks in South Africa
    17 april 2015 08:35:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African leaders on Friday condemned the xenophobic murders of Africans in South Africa and urged the government of President Jacob Zuma to end the barbaric and criminal wave of attacks. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Commission to deploy 100 observers for Togo polls
    16 april 2015 12:05:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is to deploy 100 election observers, headed by former Liberian Interim President Amos Sawyer, to monitor Togo’s 25th April 2015 Presidential elections, the ECOWAS Commission said. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese women unite for peaceful polls
    16 april 2015 11:21:41
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Participants at the just-ended national training workshop on Gender and Elections in Lomé, Togo, have committed to uniting and mobilising women for peaceful elections in the country. Full text...

  • Togo: ECOWAS calls for gender equality on electoral issues
    15 april 2015 15:47:46
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Participants in a just-ended regional workshop on Gender and Elections have advocated the adoption of relevant laws for gender equality in electoral matters. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Mandate of Community Court may be expanded to cover genocide, crimes against humanity
    10 april 2015 13:21:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is considering the possibility of enlarging the mandate of its regional court to enable it handle cases relating to the massive violation of human rights such as genocide and crimes against humanity, a judge of the Court said in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on Thursday.Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Judicial Council Chair makes pledge on regional platform for judges
    09 april 2015 11:21:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Chair of the ECOWAS Judicial Council Rene Francois Aphing-Kouassi has pledged to facilitate the establishment of a regional platform that will bring together judges from the community’s member states to discuss laws relating to regional integration and human rights, in order to promote greater synergy among courts in member states. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: ECOWAS Commission President hails Nigeria over successful polls
    03 april 2015 13:10:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has congratulated Nigerians for the successful and peaceful conduct of the 28 March 2015 presidential and Federal Legislative elections.Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS congratulates Nigeria for successful election
    01 april 2015 07:21:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has congratulated Nigeria for a successful presidential election that has seen the opposition candidate, retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, triumph over President Goodluck Jonathan. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS commends Nigerians for commitment to democracy
    28 march 2015 14:50:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) and former Ghanaian president, John Kufuor, has commended Nigerian voters for their enthusiasm and commitment to deepening democracy in their country, and by extension, the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS, other int'l observers confident in Nigeria's electoral process
    28 march 2015 11:45:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) and former Ghanaian President, John Kufuor, and leaders of other international poll observers, including those from the African Union (AU), the Commonwealth and the US, have expressed confidence in the ability and efforts of National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to deliver free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Nigeria. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Community Court President makes case for under-privileged litigants
    26 march 2015 12:40:33
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice President, Hon. Justice Maria de Ceu Silva Monteiro, has advocated the establishment of a legal aid fund in the region to support under-privileged citizens wishing to avail themselves of the services of the Community Court of Justice for cases under its jurisprudence. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS President appeals for peaceful polls in Nigeria
    25 march 2015 12:54:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Chairman, Ghana’s President John Mahama, has called for peaceful, free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria Decides 2015: ECOWAS chair meets with Jonathan, head of INEC
    23 march 2015 19:00:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Ahead of Saturday's presidential and federal parliamentary elections in Nigeria, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Chairman and Ghanaian President John Draman Mahma Tuesday paid a one-day visit to Nigeria.Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Measures proposed to improve efficiency of ECOWAS Court to implement rights mandate
    23 march 2015 09:54:46
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) - Legal and human rights experts have identified three levels of intervention required to improve the effectiveness of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in discharging its enlarged mandate as the regional institution charged with the protection of the human rights of the citizens of the region. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau: President calls for zero tolerance for rights violation in West Africa
    21 march 2015 15:49:59
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) - President Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea Bissau has challenged ECOWAS citizens to contribute to the creation in the sub-region of an environment of ''zero tolerance'' for human rights violations and founded on the principles of justice, fairness and equality.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Experts meet on academic mobility in West Africa
    20 march 2015 14:23:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Regional education experts are meeting in Abuja on the ECOWAS Academic Mobility Programme (AMP), designed to boost access to education in areas of strategic importance to the region, including by providing scholarships at Masters and PhD degree levels. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Human rights advocates in W/Africa tasked as conference opens
    19 march 2015 14:02:21
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (PANA) - Guinea Bissau Premier Domingos Simoes Pereira has challenged human rights advocates in West Africa to integrate other dimensions of human rights into their effort for a more holistic campaign, PANA reported Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Measures against negative Ebola impact on women in W/Africa advocated
    17 march 2015 13:14:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Ministers in charge of Women Affairs and Gender have expressed total commitment to the complete eradication of Ebola in the region through various measures, the ECOWAS Commission said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Protection of ECOWAS citizens' rights for discussion at Bissau confab
    17 march 2015 12:46:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The role of the ECOWAS Community Court in the protection of the human rights of community citizens, as a fundamental value of the community, will be examined by legal and human rights experts during a biennial conference due to open in Bissau Wednesday, the Court said. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS civil society ponders regional mining code
    16 march 2015 18:15:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A three-day regional workshop on the contribution of the West African civil society organizations to the promotion of an ECOWAS mining legal and regulatory framework opened Monday in Dakar with about 40 participants drawn from 14 countries of the economic bloc and Mauritania. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Project to improve the management system of ECOWAS Court launched in Abuja
    10 march 2015 15:55:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice on Monday launched Ecolink, a new information technology-based administrative tool for the court, describing it as a platform that will strengthen inter-institutional relations and cohesion while ensuring greater transparency in the pursuit of the objectives of the Community. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Chief salutes West African women on Int'l Women's Day celebrations
    08 march 2015 15:30:50
    Abuja, Ngeria (PANA) - Felicitating with what he called "the industrious and wonderful women of West Africa" on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, has pledged to continue to work towards making gender equality a reality in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Regional envoys charged to plan ECOWAS 40th anniversary celebration
    04 march 2015 16:33:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, has urged Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Member States to ensure that their countries took active part in the ECOWAS 40th Anniversary celebrations this year. Full text...

  • Nigeria: West African police challenged on ECOWAS Vision 2020, African Standby Force
    04 march 2015 16:24:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Gendarmerie and Police authorities in West Africa have been challenged to support the actualization of the ECOWAS Vision 2020 and the realization of the Full Operational Capability of the African Standby Force, of which the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) is an integral component. Full text...

  • 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...

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