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  • ECOWAS Chief pledges to deliver on organization's mandate
    07 august 2012 14:50:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouegraogo, Monday pledged that his management team will carry other staff members along in delivering on the mandate of a citizen-driven regional integration. Full text...

  • Gambia hosts ECOWAS gender meeting
    07 august 2012 14:15:31
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A sub-regional meeting on the theme, “Validation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament Gender Strategy”, opened Tuesday at the Senegambia Beach Hotel in Banjul, the Gambian capital. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to hold final planning conference ahead of Mali troops deployment (Corrected)
    07 august 2012 13:09:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - ECOWAS will Wednesday open a conference in Bamako, Mali, to finalize its preparations for the deployment of 3,000 troops to Mali, to help restore the country's national integrity and return constitutional order, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malaria elimination in W/Africa a priority - ECOWAS
    03 august 2012 08:22:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has made the elimination of malaria from the region by 2015 a major priority, using an integrated strategy that involves strengthening of the vector control (biolarviciding) intervention component, ECOWAS Commissioner for Administration and Finance Khadi Saccoh said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS rallies support for Malaria elimination campaign
    01 august 2012 18:28:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission president, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has called for concerted efforts in support of the ECOWAS campaign to eliminate malaria in West Africa by 2015. Full text...

  • Ouedraogo receives proposal on stronger ECOWAS Parliament
    01 august 2012 13:52:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo has received a draft legal instrument for the enhancement of the powers of the Community’s 120-member Parliament, the Commission said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS welcomes return of Mali's Interim President
    01 august 2012 09:38:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has welcomed the 27 July return of Mali's Interim President Dioncounda Traoré to Bamako to resume his functions. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Volunteer Programme gets coordinating council
    01 august 2012 09:20:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A 16-member Council to coordinate the activities of the ECOWAS Volunteer Programme (EVP) has been inaugurated by ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo. Full text...

  • ECOWAS pushes ahead with Mali troops deployment plan
    27 july 2012 13:38:11
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is doggedly pushing ahead with its plan to deploy 3,000 troops to its troubled Member State to help restore the country's national integrity and return constitutional order. Full text...

  • African First Ladies tasked on peace
    27 july 2012 12:52:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The wife of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mrs. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has called for synergy, complementarity, strong partnership and collaboration between the African First Ladies Peace Mission and the Commission for the promotion of continental peace and development. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence Chiefs on efforts towards regional peace, security
    25 july 2012 18:37:28
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Salamatu Suleiman, has called on regional defence chiefs to redouble efforts at ensuring enduring peace and security in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condoles with Ghana over President's death
    25 july 2012 12:27:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed ''shock and sadness'' at the passing away of President John Evans Atta Mills Tuesday at the age of 68. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to boost up subregional trade
    24 july 2012 22:20:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The President of the Commission of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has pledged to do more ''for free movement of persons towards boosting intra-community trade.'' Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence chiefs to hold emergency meeting on Mali
    24 july 2012 10:33:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - West African military chiefs are due to hold an emergency meeting 25-26 July to deliberate on the outcome of the recent Technical Assessment Mission (TAM) to Mali, an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS moves to implement regional protocol on free movement
    23 july 2012 17:55:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has pledged to work for the rigorous implementation of the regional Protocol on free movement of persons with a view to boosting intra-community trade, hovering between 11 and 15 percent, and stimulating regional economy. Full text...

  • Senegal dominates 5th ECOWAS African Wrestling Tourney
    16 july 2012 09:04:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Living up to its pre-tournament billing, defending champion and host Senegal won five of the six gold medals at stake in the country teams' event at the 5th ECOWAS African Wresting competition which ended at Dakar’s Iba Mar Diop Stadium Saturday. Full text...

  • NEPAD, ECOWAS sign agreement on women empowerment
    13 july 2012 14:14:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, signed a 1-million-euro grant agreement for the empowerment of rural women in the sub-region, according to a NEPAD statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • 5th ECOWAS wrestling tourney opens in Dakar
    13 july 2012 13:49:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 5th ECOWAS African Wrestling Tournament opened in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday with wrestlers from 13 of the 15 member states hitting the sandy arena at the Iba Mar Diop Stadium. Full text...

  • Dakar to host 5th ECOWAS wrestling tourney
    10 july 2012 15:18:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 5th ECOWAS Wrestling Tournament due to hold in Dakar, Senegal, 12-14 July will feature wrestlers from 13 of the 15 ECOWAS Member States in five weight categories - 66kg, 76kg, 86kg, 100kg and 100kg - as well as country teams, an ECOWAS Commission statement said Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Contact Group seeks cessation of hostilities in Mali ahead of Ramadan
    09 july 2012 12:46:06
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Ahead of the start of the 30-day Ramadan due to start 20 July, the six-nation ECOWAS Contact Group on Mali has appealed to all stakeholders in the country's crisis for the total cessation of hostilities before the holy month. Full text...

  • Gambian lawmakers endorse ECOWAS VAT, other protocols
    04 july 2012 15:37:25
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian parliamentarians have approved three Bills with international dimensions -- the ECOWAS Value Added Tax (VAT) Protocol, Amendments to the IMF Articles of Agreement, and the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF).Full text...

  • ECOWAS member states tasked on promotion of peace culture
    03 july 2012 16:48:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Minister for Education and Literacy Koumba Boly has urged ECOWAS member states to promote the peace culture in the region through value-centered education. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission President officially sworn in
    03 july 2012 13:49:38
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Four months after he assumed duties, Ambassador Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo was official sworn into office as the ECOWAS Commission President on the sidelines of the just-concluded 41st ECOWAS Summit in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to fast-track deployment of troops to Mali, sanctions renegades
    02 july 2012 09:55:09
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has decided to fast-track the deployment of over 3,000 troops to Mali to help safeguard the country's political transition and restore its territorial integrity. Full text...

  • ECOWAS records 6.4% economic growth in 2011
    02 july 2012 09:27:09
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - West African leaders have welcomed the region's positive economic growth of 6.4% recorded in 2011, as well as the bright prospects for 2012. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks assistance for Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram
    02 july 2012 09:11:00
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has urged member states and the international community to assist Nigeria in its efforts to combat the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram. Full text...

  • English-speaking journalists begin workshop on anti-money-laundering
    28 june 2012 19:18:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Journalists from English-speaking West African countries began a two-day sensitization workshop here Thursday on Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (CFT). Full text...

  • Experts validate ECOWAS reference manual on culture of peace
    28 june 2012 14:19:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Regional experts are to meet in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital, from 2-6 July to validate the ECOWAS Reference Manual on the Culture of Peace, Human Rights, Citizenship, and Regional Integration, according to an ECOWAS press statement, received by PANA here. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau, Mali to dominate 41st ECOWAS Summit
    28 june 2012 13:37:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The political situations in Guinea-Bissau and Mali will dominate discussions at the 41st ordinary summit of the regional bloc ECOWAS, billed to hold Friday in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, the ECOWAS Commission said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS backs UNIDO’S tool for regional investment promotion
    26 june 2012 12:17:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has expressed its willingness to key into the Investment Monitoring Platform (IMP), a new web portal established by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) within the framework of the African Regional Investment Promotion Programme. Full text...

  • ECOWAS workshop recommends elimination of barriers to free movement protocol
    25 june 2012 15:08:04
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Rising from an ECOWAS Information and Sensitization workshop for government officials and non-state actors in Accra, Ghana, participants on Friday called on Member States ensure effective implementation of the regional free movement protocol by reducing and ultimately eliminating “harassment, corruption and extortion by border agents”. Full text...

  • Political turbulence affecting tourism in West Africa, says Gambian minister
    23 june 2012 20:07:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Political turbulence in some parts of West Africa impacted negatively not only in tourism promotion and development, but also in the socio-economic advancement of West Africans, the Gambian Minister of Tourism and Culture, Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie, said here Saturday at the opening of the maiden ECOWAS tourism ministers' summit. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire offers to host 3rd ECOWAS Games
    21 june 2012 14:50:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Cote d’Ivoire has officially offered to host the 3rd ECOWAS Under-23 Games in 2014, as the 2nd edition of the regional biennial competition being hosted by Ghana in the capital, Accra, gradually winds to a close Friday. Full text...

  • W/Africans urged to embrace ECOWAS regional integration programme
    20 june 2012 14:17:38
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, has called on community citizens to assume ownership and participate actively in the implementation of the ECOWAS regional integration programmes. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Youth, Sports Development Centre solicits media support
    20 june 2012 11:55:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre (YSDC) says it needs the sustained support of all stakeholders, especially the media, to deliver on its mandate of using sports and youth empowerment as tools to foster regional integration. Full text...

  • British govt. pledges support for regional peace in West Africa
    18 june 2012 20:51:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The British government has pledged its continuous support to enhance maritime security and development within the West African region, so as to enhance peace, security and stability in the area, according to British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Lloyd. Full text...

  • Initiatives to strengthen media's contribution to peace in West Africa launched
    18 june 2012 10:57:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Stakeholders working to improve media practice and contributions to Full text...

  • 2nd ECOWAS Games open in Accra
    17 june 2012 10:17:59
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 2nd edition of the ECOWAS Under-23 Games opened in Accra, Ghana, Saturday, with Vice President, John Dramani Mahama calling on stakeholders to invest in sports to improve income generation and job creation in the region. Full text...

  • UN Security Council seeks 'detailed information' on planned ECOWAS mission in Mali
    17 june 2012 09:36:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN Security Council is seeking detailed information on the plan by ECOWAS to send troops to Mali as part of regional initiatives aimed at resolving the crisis in the country, which has been divided into a rebel/Islamist-held north and a government-controlled south. Full text...

  • 2nd ECOWAS Games open in Accra Saturday
    15 june 2012 16:28:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 2nd edition of the ECOWAS Under-23 Games is billed to open in Accra, Ghana, Saturday, with participants competing in five sports - athletics, handball, volleyball, African wrestling and boxing, which is making its debut at the biennial regional sporting competition. Full text...

  • Ministers recommend expansion of ECOWAS Commission
    13 june 2012 14:19:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has recommended an increase in the number of Commissioners for the ECOWAS Commission to give Community Member States a sense of belonging. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urged to modernize management procedures
    12 june 2012 10:19:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Cote d’Ivoire’s Foreign Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan has called on ECOWAS to embrace the necessary transformation and modernization of management procedures to raise its competitiveness in a globalizing world. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers to meet in Abidjan 11-12 June
    10 june 2012 14:23:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 68th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers is billed to hold in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 11-12 June, an ECOWAS Commission statement made available to PANA said Sunday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS gets tough on Mali, plans troops deployment under Chapter 7 of UN Charter
    08 june 2012 10:33:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS may send troops to Mali with or without the member state's consent in order to arrest the deteriorating situation in the northern part of the country, where separatist armed groups have continued to commit acts of rape, looting, robbery, killing and destruction of cultural sites. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers to discuss regional food crisis
    31 may 2012 12:35:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Ministers in charge of agriculture, trade and regional integration and their counterparts in Chad and Mauritania are to meet in Lomé, Togo, 5 June to discuss and agree lasting solutions to the recurring food crisis in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS rejects attempt to impose Mali coup leader as Interim President (Corrected)
    29 may 2012 13:58:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has rejected attempts to impose Malian coup leader Capt. Amadou Sanogo as Interim President of the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS rejects creation of Islamic state in northern Mali
    29 may 2012 13:01:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has rejected the attempt to establish the ‘Islamic State of Azawad’ in the occupied northern territory of Mali, following the merger of the Tuareg-led rebel National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and Ansar Dine on 26 May 2012. Full text...

  • ECOWAS rejects attempt to impose Mali coup leader as Interim President
    29 may 2012 12:52:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has rejected attempts to imposed Malian coup leader Capt. Amadou Sanogo as Interim President of the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria to send 142 policemen to Guinea-Bissau
    28 may 2012 09:54:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria will send 142 policemen to Guinea-Bissau as part of the ECOWAS mission, ECOMIB, being deployed to that country to support the restoration of constitutional rule, provide security for VIPs and guarantee the freedom of movement of humanitarian agencies in the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS presents food assistance to displaced Ivorians
    24 may 2012 07:35:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has presented 1,320 tons of grains valued at more than US$1 million to the Government of Cote d'Ivoire to alleviate the sufferings of 1 million people displaced during the country's post-electoral crisis of 2010. Full text...

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