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  • 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...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS seeks reform of regional security sector, governance
    23 may 2014 09:33:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called for profound and urgent security sector and governance reforms at national and regional levels for effective response to emerging security threats in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Biolarvicide application launch to boost ECOWAS war against malaria
    22 may 2014 09:21:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With the planned launch of the application of anti-mosquito biolarvicide product at Aflao on the Ghana-Togo border 28 May, the ECOWAS Day, the war by the regional bloc against malaria is set to achieve a major milestone.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS calls Guinea-Bissau free, fair, credible
    20 may 2014 09:33:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has said Sunday's presidential run-off in Guinea-Bissau was conducted in a ''free, fair, transparent and credible manner'' despite some shortcomings.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS reviews flagship free movement protocol
    15 may 2014 00:04:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has launched a review of its flagship free movement protocol to eliminate the requirement for residence permit which has been a source of “discrimination and harassment” of community citizens, ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS security, intelligence chiefs meet in Ghana over Boko Haram
    14 may 2014 00:28:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Against the backdrop of the worsening terrorist attacks in Nigeria and the abduction of over 200 school girls by the Boko Haram terror group, chiefs of security and intelligence of ECOWAS member states are due to meet in Ghana's capital, Accra, Wednesday, PANA reported, quoting Nigerian defence sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Gender training workshop opens in Abuja
    29 april 2014 12:46:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A three-day National Gender Training Workshop opened in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Tuesday with a consensus by participants that the West African sub-region would gain more if women are properly mainstreamed into governance and decision making.Full text...

  • Mali: Malian diplomat elected coordinator of WACSOF
    28 april 2014 15:49:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The former Malian ambassador to Germany and President of the Association for the Promotion and Defence of Women's Rights (APDF), Fatoumata Siré Diakité, was Sunday in Bamako elected coordinator of the national platform of the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) for a four-year term.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS parliament meets in Ghana, task leaders on security, employment
    24 april 2014 17:52:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A two-day dialogue session on the challenges of border crossing and opportunities for trade and finance for ECOWAS parliament member countries has begun in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Morocco: ECOWAS seeks Moroccan support to promote stability in the Sahel
    23 april 2014 14:35:23
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission President, Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, is seeking support from Morocco to enable the regional body to consolidate stability and peace as well as promote development in the Sahel region.Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS certifies G/Bissau election free, fair, transparent
    15 april 2014 13:42:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has certified Sunday's legislative and presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau ''peaceful, free, fair and transparent''. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Private-sector operators validate ECOWAS investment code, policy
    06 april 2014 10:34:09
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Representatives of regional organized private sector and other stakeholders rose from their three-day meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on Saturday, validating the draft ECOWAS Investment Code and Policy, with minor amendments.Full text...

  • Mali: 8th session of ECOWAS tax administration forum opens in Bamako
    04 april 2014 17:03:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The tax administrations from the 15 ECOWAS member countries are taking part in the eighth session of the forum for West Africa’s tax administrations (FAFAO) that opened here Friday, sources close to the Malian ministry of Economy and Finances told PANA. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 'Massive sensitisation necessary ahead of malaria elimination campaign'
    04 april 2014 08:48:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A meeting preparatory to the application of biolarvicides under the ECOWAS Malaria Elimination Campaign has ended in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, with a call for the organisation of national conferences to harmonise and deepen public knowledge before the commencement of the application by the next ECOWAS Day on 28 May 2014. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS rallies support for regional investment code, policy
    04 april 2014 08:36:32
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has urged the organised private sector and other stakeholders to make quality input into the draft ECOWAS Investment Code and Policy, the adoption of which is crucial to the effective implementation of the regional Common Investment Market (ECIM). Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS seeks awareness on role of capital markets
    03 april 2014 13:53:34
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has called on market operators and other stakeholders to step up citizenship awareness of the roles of capital markets in wealth creation and management and overall economic development, to maximise the benefits of the upcoming integrated regional capital markets. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS boosts malaria elimination campaign
    01 april 2014 15:54:33
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has launched a regional sensitisation efforts on the planned region-wide application of biolarvicides for malaria elimination in the region, using the vector control strategy. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 'Disrupt Guinea Bissau election, face severe consequences'
    31 march 2014 11:18:15
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - ECOWAS has strongly warned that any attempt to disrupt Guinea Bissau's legislative and presidential elections next month will be met with ''severe consequences''. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS lifts infrastructure development with Treaty signing
    30 march 2014 15:54:48
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS took a major step in its avowed commitment to regional infrastructure development with the signing of the Treaty on the Lagos-Abidjan Highway Project, on the sidelines of its just-concluded 44th Ordinary Summit here, PANA reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: Ghana's President assumes office as ECOWAS Chair as summit ends
    29 march 2014 14:26:08
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 44th ordinary summit of ECOWAS rounded off here Saturday with President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana assuming the post of the chairmanship of the 15-member regional bloc. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ghana's President Mahama elected ECOWAS Chairman
    28 march 2014 20:18:40
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - President John Dramani Manama of Ghana has been elected chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ghana's President Mahama elected ECOWAS Chairman
    28 march 2014 20:10:06
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - President John Dramani Manama of Ghana has been elected chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: AU nudges Mali on all inclusive talks
    28 march 2014 18:29:58
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - African Union's High Representative for Mali and the Sahel, Mr. Pierre Buyoya, has called on the Malian authorities to launch all-inclusive talks to help achieve permanent peace and stability in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: West Africa's economy to grow by 7.1% in 2014
    28 march 2014 18:25:05
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - West Africa will remain the most dynamic African Regional Economic Community (REC) in 2014 with an economic growth rate forecast at 7.1 per cent, up from 6.3 per cent the previous year, according to the 2013 annual report presented by ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo to the summit of regional leaders in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: Ebola outbreak in Guinea, threat to regional security - ECOWAS
    28 march 2014 17:17:18
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for a regional response to the Ebola hemorrhagic fever which broke out in one of its member states, Guinea, and is threatening others, calling the outbreak ''a serious threat to regional security.” Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS 'makes quantum leap' in economic integration
    28 march 2014 16:47:45
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 15-member regional bloc ECOWAS has made a ''quantum leap'' in the advancement of its economic integration, with the adoption of Common External Tariff (CET), efforts to relaunch monetary integration and the conclusion of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the EU, a top ECOWAS official said Friday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: '2013, year of ECOWAS victory'
    28 march 2014 16:10:12
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo has described 2013 as the ''year of ECOWAS victory over the forces of terrorism, crime and obscurantism as well as over the demons of division and destabilisation''. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire/ECOWAS: 44th ECOWAS Summit records impressive turnout of leaders (Corrected, adding Mamadou Issoufou of Niger)
    28 march 2014 15:35:26
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 44th Ordinary Summit of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, which started off in Cote d'Ivoire's inland capital city of Yamoussoukro here Friday, is being attended by 13 Heads of State and Government, a turnout considered impressive by observers. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS leaders meet in Yamoussoukro
    28 march 2014 10:42:38
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 44th ordinary session of the ECOWAS heads of state and government opened here Friday with the Chairman, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, presiding. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan leaves for ECOWAS summit Thursday
    26 march 2014 18:31:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, will depart Abuja Thursday for Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire, to participate in the 44th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Church leaders demand ''full transparency'' on EPA negotiations
    25 march 2014 21:34:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the ECOWAS Heads of States and Governments Summit in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, 28-30 March, Nigerian Church leaders have demanded for full transparency and accountability in the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 7 judges recruited for ECOWAS court of justice
    21 march 2014 16:02:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Judicial Council, comprising the Chief Justices of Member States, has approved the recommendations of its ad-hoc committee on the recruitment of seven new judges to replace those whose terms have expired at the Community Court of Justice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS condoles with Sierra Leone over Pres. Kabbah
    18 march 2014 09:03:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo has expressed ''shock and sadness'' at the the passing away of the former President of Sierra Leone, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, at the age of 82 Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS condoles with Nigeria over Uwechue's death
    18 march 2014 08:48:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission Presdident Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has expressed a ''profound sense of grief'' at the death of Nigerian diplomat Raph Uwechue, at the age of 79. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS fast tracking regional integration through free movement
    15 march 2014 13:57:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has said it is irrevocably committed to facilitating regional integration through effective implementation of its flagship free movement protocol and programmes, which promote unfettered circulation of persons, goods and services. Full text...

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