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  • Sierra Leone set to defy ECOWAS court ruling
    27 november 2017 18:59:42
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone has said it would not comply with the latest ruling of the ECOWAS Court of Justice on sacked Vice President Sam Sumana's case against the government. Full text...

  • Tunisia to be invited to accept ECOWAS membership, official says
    23 november 2017 10:07:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - As the north African state of Tunisia sets its sights on joining the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), it has announced that it will be invited to accept its membership at its summit in the Togolese captial, Lome, in December.Full text...

  • Buhari says current political challenge in Liberia will be resolved constitutionally
    21 november 2017 18:48:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Liberia's current political challenge will be resolved constitutionally, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday when he received the President of Togo and current chairman of ECOWAS, Mr Faure Gnassingbe, in Abuja.Full text...

  • Over 40 ECOWAS peacekeepers drill in laws of war
    21 november 2017 18:18:24
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - More than 40 members of the Economic Community of West African States-Standby Force (ECOWAS-SF) are undergoing a five-day training course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and rules of law enforcement in armed conflict. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns violent demonstrations in Togo
    25 october 2017 12:38:12
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Ongoing demonstrations in Togo must be done peacefully, otherwise the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has will not hesitate to react vigorously on the situation, leaders of the regional grouping warned on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Buhari says Nigeria not ready for single currency in West Africa
    24 october 2017 17:30:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged member nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to tread carefully in pushing for a single currency in the sub-region by 2020.Full text...

  • Mali: Regional conference on security in West Africa to open Thursday in Bamako
    11 october 2017 14:26:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A regional conference, devoted to the security situation in West Africa and the Sahelian region, opens on Thursday in Bamako, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Liberia: Political stakeholders charged on peaceful vote in Liberia
    05 october 2017 19:59:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) has appealed to all political stakeholders, especially political parties, candidates and the media to act within the law to ensure peaceful presidential and legislative elections in the country on October 10. Full text...

  • Liberia: Ex-Ghanaian leader heads ECOWAS election Observer Mission to Liberia
    05 october 2017 15:58:11
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – Former Ghanaian President John Mahama, at the head of a 71-member Election Observer Mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), arrived in Liberia Thursday to observe the presidential and legislative polls, set for 10 October. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: ECOWAS chief urges protection of CFA franc
    02 october 2017 18:56:34
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission President Marcel de Souza on Monday described the CFA franc as an island to be preserved within the regional economic union of 15 countries.Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS poll observers watch last round of Liberia's presidential debate
    27 september 2017 12:09:55
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) In continuation of their assessment of the processes leading up to Liberia’s 10 October presidential and legislative elections, ECOWAS Observers had the opportunity of watching the second and final round of the country’s Presidential Debate organised Media rights group, Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC), in Monrovia on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Liberia: ECOWAS, ECONEC Long-Term Observers arrive for Liberia polls
    19 september 2017 07:47:06
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Some 21 regional Long-Term Election Observers (LTOs) have arrived in Monrovia for deployment by the ECOWAS Commission and the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) for Liberia’s October 10 presidential and legislative elections, ECOWAS announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mali: ECOWAS ministerial council examines roadmap to common currency
    14 september 2017 19:04:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday started its 10th statutory meeting In Bamako, Mali, on the macroeconomic performance of member states for 2016 under the presidency of Malian Minister of Economy and Finance, Boubou Cissé.Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Long-term Election Observers end training in Accra
    17 august 2017 17:24:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Another set of 20 regional experts has successfully completed an intensive training on ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation guidelines and methodology in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS holds workshop for long-term election observers
    13 august 2017 14:59:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - More than 20 regional experts in political affairs, gender, the media, civil society and development issues, began an intensive training in Accra on Sunday to deepen their knowledge on ECOWAS Long-Term Election Observation guidelines and methodology. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECONET launches media tools for visibility
    11 august 2017 15:38:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of its effort to generate greater awareness on its mandate to promote fair and credible elections in West Africa, the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), RESAO in French and Portuguese, has launched its new website along with other social media outreach tools. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Chief wants better data sharing mechanism for migration management
    05 august 2017 11:34:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As part of the trans-national holistic approach aimed at dealing with the problems associated with migration, irregular migration and border management issues, the ECOWAS Commission President, Marcel de Souza, has drawn attention to the necessity of setting up a regional data sharing mechanism. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Anti-Malaria intervention inventors want their products available, affordable to ECOWAS citizens
    29 july 2017 15:28:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Two inventors of anti-malarial interventions are exploring the idea of making their products available and affordable to ECOWAS citizens and by extension, to Africans in general. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS body to study impact of power reforms in Member States
    29 july 2017 15:02:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ERERA, the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) and regulator of regional cross-border trade in electricity in West Africa, says it will soon begin a study on the economic, financial and technical impact of the unbundling of the electricity sector in some ECOWAS Member States, which have carried out power sector reforms. Full text...

  • Liberia: President Johnson-Sirleaf reassures ECONEC, ECOWAS on Liberia’s October vote
    20 july 2017 17:43:15
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reassured visiting delegations of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) and the ECOWAS Commission of her government’s unwavering commitment to delivering credible and peaceful elections in the country in October to end her two-term tenure. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Board of ECOWAS electoral bodies meets in Nigeria
    05 july 2017 09:12:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Governing Board of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) will hold a two-day session in Abuja from 6-7 July 2017 ahead of its Needs Assessment and Solidarity Missions to Sierra Leone and Liberia, which are due to hold crucial elections. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS Commission to honour 20 deserving African Companies, individuals
    30 june 2017 13:57:36
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The maiden edition of the ECOWAS Quality Awards will be given on Friday, 30 June, 2017, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to deserving companies and individuals. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS committed to consolidate development, democratization in Gambia
    23 june 2017 16:42:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The special representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) President in The Gambia on Friday reiterated the commitment of the regional block in its efforts to consolidate development and democratization in the country.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Osinbajo urges ECOWAS, WAHO to address burden of communicable diseases in West Africa
    18 june 2017 09:07:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) Nigeria's Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) to channel their efforts towards the reduction in the burden of communicable diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Retired Nigeria diplomats resist attempts to admit Morocco into ECOWAS
    15 june 2017 08:26:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN) on Wednesday called on the Nigerian government to resist any attempt by other member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to admit Morocco into the regional body, the local Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, World Bank partner on investment climate scorecard
    15 june 2017 08:17:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the World Bank have launched the ECOWAS Investment climate scorecard which aims to unlock investment opportunities and deepen regional integration in West Africa.Full text...

  • Botswana: ECOWAS judiciary women honour Botswana’s President
    28 april 2017 10:03:40
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President has received an accolade from the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice Women Forum. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS election observation mission commends Gambians for peaceful parliamentary polls
    08 april 2017 08:20:55
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has praised Gambians for their peaceful conduct and high sense of patriotism as well as the professionalism exhibited by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and its agents during the country’s 6 April, 2017, National Assembly elections. Full text...

  • Benin: Nigeria heads new board of ECOWAS election management network
    29 march 2017 18:23:26
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been elected President of the new five-member Board of the 15-nation ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) for the next two years. Full text...

  • Benin: ECOWAS chief calls for strengthening of electoral systems in sub-region
    27 march 2017 19:16:15
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Marcel M. de Souza on Monday in Cotonou charged participants at an international workshop reviewing 10 years of ECOWAS Electoral Assistance in West Africa to come up with a Cotonou Declaration for the improvement of the quality of electoral assistance to its member States. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari endorses treaty on Abidjan-Lagos highway
    14 march 2017 19:26:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday signed the instrument of ratification of the treaty on the establishment of the Abidjan-Lagos corridor by the governments of Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS partners UN, others to improve election observation mechanism
    09 march 2017 11:19:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is collaborating with the United Nations (UN) and the League of Arab States (LAS) in the utilisation of Needs Assessment Missions and latest Information Technology (IT) tools to strengthen the integrity of election observation for the deepening of democratic practice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'ECOWAS leaders will enforce result of Gambian presidential election'
    18 december 2016 04:41:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Authority of Heads of States of the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS) says it will enforce the result of The Gambia presidential election on 1 December which saw Mr. Adama Barrow emerging as the president-elect.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari calls on ECOWAS to focus on improving lives of citizens
    17 december 2016 16:28:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged member nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to cut the organisation's administration costs in all its institutions and focus on programmes aimed at enhancing and affecting the lives of the citizens positively.Full text...

  • Gambia: Ghana's outgoing President Mahama in Gambia for Jammeh mediation talks
    13 december 2016 12:17:29
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ghana's outgoing president John Dramani Mahama has arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul, where he will join leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate in the looming political crisis in Gambia. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS leaders due in Gambia to mediate in looming political crisis
    13 december 2016 08:47:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are due in Banjul, Gambia, on Tuesday for talks to persuade incumbent president Yahya Jammeh to agree to leave office after his defeat in the country's 1 December presidential election. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS to deploy observers for 7 December general elections in Ghana
    04 december 2016 17:19:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Former Interim President of Liberia’s Government of National Unity, Prof. Amos Sawyer, will lead the ECOWAS short-term observer mission for the presidential and legislative elections in Ghana, slated for Wednesday, 7 December, 2016, the ECOWAS media outlet indicated here Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Chair on 2-day official visit to ECOWAS Institutions
    04 december 2016 17:05:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Liberian President and Chair of Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, begins a 2-day official visit to the ECOWAS Institutions in Abuja, Nigeria according to the ECOWAS media outlet. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Parliament committee ends meeting in Lagos
    17 november 2016 07:13:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has charged member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to eradicate the scourge of piracy in the sub-region to grow their economies.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria will fulfil obligations to ECOWAS Bank depite ... - says Buhari
    26 september 2016 18:15:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Despite the economic downturn, caused largely by fallen prices of oil in the international market, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said that Nigeria will fulfill its obligations to the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID). Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS ministers meet in Abuja over illicit drug trafficking
    05 september 2016 18:57:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Commending efforts made by partner countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to address illicit drug trafficking, organised crime and drug abuse in the sub-region, Nigerian Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami on Monday reiterated his country's commitment to fight the menace.Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS expresses commitment towards women's participation in democratic process
    23 june 2016 17:21:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission Thursday reiterated its commitment to the promotion of the participation of women and their fair representation in the democratic process and governance in West Africa. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS new chair outlines plans
    22 june 2016 15:41:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The new chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, has outlined her plans for the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS said in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Community Court gets new President
    18 june 2016 10:19:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Judges of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have reconstituted the bureau of the Court with the election of Honorable Justice Jérôme Traoré from Burkina Faso as the new President of the Court, Honourable Justice Micah Wilkins Wright from Liberia as Vice President and Honorable Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane from Mali as the Dean. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Experts urge ECOWAS to strengthen regional integration by reducing non-tariff barriers to trade
    15 june 2016 16:30:02
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – Trade experts on Tuesday called on member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to step up efforts to minimize the burden that non-tariff measures (NTMs) place on businesses in the region. Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework holds meeting in Nigeria
    14 june 2016 13:26:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A meeting on the Conflict Prevention Framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) holds in Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday, according to an ECOWAS statement, obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS in tight financial situation
    26 may 2016 18:12:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Lack of financial resources to fast-track operations the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has become a major setback to activities of the sub-regional body, ECOWAS President Marcel Alain De Souza said here on Thursday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Immigration expert says migration is a way of life for Africans
    15 march 2016 13:17:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The great Trans Saharan Trade, and the attendant migration, was part of attempts at achieving economic development, boosting cultural exchanges and integration, according to Dr. Tony Luka Elumelu, an expert on Free Movement and immigration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Court begins hearing in Nigerian death row case
    19 january 2016 23:01:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice on Tuesday adjourned until 17 February 2016 hearing in a case brought by a prisoner on death row challenging the provisions for mandatory death sentence in Nigeria’s statute books. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS court begins hearing in case challenging death row provisions in Nigeria's statute books
    18 january 2016 22:01:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, will Tuesday begin hearing in a case brought by Nnenna Obi, a prisoner who has been on death row in Nigeria’s South-east Enugu State since 2005 challenging the provisions for mandatory death sentence in Nigeria’s statute books. Full text...

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