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  • New ECOWAS Commission President arrives Abuja, assumes duty Thursday
    28 february 2012 16:33:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The new President of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, arrived in Abuja Monday to assume duty, 10 days after his appointment by regional leaders for a one-off four-year term, the Commission said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Observer Mission declares Senegal's poll free, transparent
    28 february 2012 11:39:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Observer Mission has declared Sunday's presidential election in Senegal free, transparent and peaceful. Full text...

  • Mechanism to boost West African regional trade agreed
    27 february 2012 12:12:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A task force comprising officials of the ECOWAS Commission and their counterparts from the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI) working to eliminate impediments to intra-community trade has agreed on a template for four studies intended Full text...

  • AU/ECOWAS mission continues consultations in Senegal
    24 february 2012 12:13:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Ahead of Sunday's presidential elections in Senegal, the Joint African Union/ECOWAS High-Level Mission to Senegal was continuing its meetings with key stakeholders in the country on Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal opposition candidate hopeful on AU/ECOWAS Mission
    23 february 2012 10:29:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's opposition candidate Idrissa Seck has expressed the hope that the Joint African Union/ECOWAS High-Level Mission to Senegal will help end the political crisis that has plagued the country ahead of Sunday's presidential poll. Full text...

  • AU/ECOWAS Mission moves to douse tension ahead of Senegal's poll
    22 february 2012 17:12:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Union/ECOWAS Joint High-Level Mission to Senegal on Wednesday swung into action, a few hours after arriving in Dakar, to help douse tension ahead of Sunday's presidential election in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Preparatory meeting of ECOWAS Defence Chiefs holds Thursday
    22 february 2012 15:20:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Defence chiefs from five ECOWAS Member States are due to meet at the seat of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, Thursday preparatory to a full meeting, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Cycling Tour: Why we performed poorly - Nigerian cyclists
    22 february 2012 13:09:27
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Nigerian cyclists have blamed poor preparation, irregular competitions and inadequate feeding during camping for their poor performance at the just-concluded 2nd ECOWAS Cycling Tour. Full text...

  • Ex-Togolese PM joins AU/ECOWAS mission to Senegal
    21 february 2012 16:43:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission on Tuesday appointed former Togolese Prime Minister Kofi Sama as a member of the Joint African Union-ECOWAS High-Level Mission to Senegal, an ECOWAS Commission statement said. Full text...

  • Obasanjo due in Senegal as tension rises ahead of Sunday's poll
    21 february 2012 10:54:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo was due in Dakar Tuesday at the head of a joint African Union/ECOWAS High-Level Mission to Senegal, which is mired in crisis ahead of Sunday's presidential election, PANA learnt from Nigerian government sources. Full text...

  • '2nd ECOWAS Games to feature 5 sports'
    20 february 2012 13:02:47
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Five sports will feature in the 2nd edition of the ECOWAS Games, to be held in Ghana in June, according to the Director ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre, Mr Francis Njoaguani. Full text...

  • Burkinabe wins 2nd ECOWAS Cycling Tour
    20 february 2012 09:57:09
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Rasmane Quadraogo has emerged the winner of the 2nd ECOWAS International Cycling Tour, which rounded off in Abidjan, the Ivorian commercial capital, on Sunday. Full text...

  • Profile of new ECOWAS Commission President
    17 february 2012 18:35:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Burkina Faso's diplomat Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, who was appointed the new ECOWAS Commission President by West African leaders on Friday, is a seasoned diplomat and technocrat, who has held many positions within and outside his country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Summit ends with key decisions on security, regional integration
    17 february 2012 18:01:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The two-day 40th Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) rounded off Friday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with key decisions taken on the issues of peace and security, regional integration and institutional matters. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission leadership renewed
    17 february 2012 17:17:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - For the first time since the Executive Secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was transformed to a Commission about five years ago, the leadership of the Commission has been renewed with the appointment of a new team. Full text...

  • ECOWAS/AU send Obasanjo to Senegal
    17 february 2012 16:32:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Friday endorsed the dispatch of a Joint African Union/ECOWAS High-Level Mission, led by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, to Senegal, as part of efforts to ensure that its forthcoming presidential election is conducted in a peaceful atmosphere. Full text...

  • Burkinabe diplomat appointed ECOWAS Commission president (Re-issued with correct surname)
    17 february 2012 14:35:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Ambassador to Belgium, Mr. Kendre Desire Ouedraogo, has been appointed the President of the ECOWAS commission. Full text...

  • Burkinabes dominate ECOWAS Int'l Cycling tour
    17 february 2012 14:30:26
    Adah, Ghana (PANA) - Fulfilling their pre-tour prophecy, Burkinabe Cyclists have continued to dominate the ECOWAS International Cycling Tour, with Rasmane Ouedraogo, winning the second stage on Thursday, PANA reported Friday from Adah, Ghana. Full text...

  • Burkinabe diplomat appointed ECOWAS Commission president
    17 february 2012 13:57:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Ambassador to Belgium, Mr. Kendre Desire Quedrago, has been appointed the President of the ECOWAS commission. Full text...

  • NEWS FLASH: Quedrago, from Burkina Faso, is new President of ECOWAS Commission
    17 february 2012 12:44:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Mr. Kendre Desire Quedrago, Burkina Faso's current Ambassador to Full text...

  • UN to assist ECOWAS to tackle piracy
    17 february 2012 07:59:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN is to work with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other organizations to develop a comprehensive anti-piracy strategy, according to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr. Said Djinnit. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to assist victims of rebel attacks, food crisis in Sahel region
    17 february 2012 07:20:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council has approved the release of US$3 million by the ECOWAS Commission to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of food crisis and rebel attacks in the Sahel-Sahara region of West Africa. Full text...

  • My tenure as ECOWAS Chair a success - Nigeria's President
    16 february 2012 18:20:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Outgoing ECOWAS Chairman, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Thursday took stock of his tenure and declared it a success, despite the numerous challenges faced by the 15-member regional bloc. Full text...

  • 'Significant' ECOWAS summit opens in Abuja
    16 february 2012 17:51:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 40th Ordinary Summit of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS opened in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Thursday with a full agenda that includes the renewal of the mandate of the ECOWAS Commission, about five years after it emerged from the old ECOWAS Secretariat. Full text...

  • West African leaders remember late Guinea Bissau leader, Bacai Sanha
    16 february 2012 17:16:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - West African leaders who gathered here on Thursday for their 40th ordinary summit, under the aegis of the sub-regional bloc ECOWAS, paid tribute to one of their own, President Bacai Sanha of Guinea Bissau, who died early January at the age of 64. Full text...

  • NEWS FLASH: ECOWAS leaders meet in Abuja
    16 february 2012 14:25:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 40th ordinary summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) opened Thursday in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, with the presidents of eight of the 15-member States in attendance. Full text...

  • ECOWAS member states tasked on regional security
    16 february 2012 06:55:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chair of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, has called on Member States to work together in dealing with the heightened security concerns confronting the region, including terrorism, piracy and the fallout of the Arab Spring in North Africa. Full text...

  • CAN 2012: ECOWAS salutes Cote d'Ivoire for gallant performance
    14 february 2012 16:05:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has commended Cote d’Ivoire for putting up a gallant performance against winners Zambia in the final match of the 2012 African Cup of Nations tournament, held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Full text...

  • CAN 2012: ECOWAS greets region's representatives, wishes Cote d'Ivoire success
    10 february 2012 18:52:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Exulting in the dominance of West African teams at the ongoing 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the ECOWAS Commission Friday congratulated the teams for their 'sterling performances' that saw three of the teams making the semi-finals and one reaching the final. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sends fact-finding mission to rebellion-hit Mali (re-issued, correcting date of Mediation and Security Council Meeting)
    08 february 2012 20:37:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An ECOWAS fact-finding mission is due to arrive in Mali on Thursday for a three-day assessment of the situation in the northern part of the country, where a Tuareg rebellion that started last month has killed many and displaced thousands, a source at the regional bloc told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ECOWAS sends fact-finding mission to Mali
    08 february 2012 20:00:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS is sending a fact-finding mission to Mali, where a Tuareg rebellion has left many dead and displaced, a source told PANA in Lagos on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 250 competitors for ECOWAS Cycling tour
    06 february 2012 14:43:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - No fewer than 250 cyclists from the 15-member nations of ECOWAS will take part in the second ECOWAS International Cycling Tour which will flag off on 15 February from Lagos, Nigeria. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission president eulogises pioneer Commissioners
    03 february 2012 16:09:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, James Victor Gbeho, has paid glowing tributes to the institution’s pioneer Commissioners and Vice-President for contributing to the admirable international image of the organization, advancing the cause of regional integration and accelerating the development of West Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS supports return of AfDB HQs to Abidjan
    03 february 2012 14:55:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission supports ongoing efforts by the government of Cote d’Ivoire for the return of the headquarters of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to Abidjan, following its temporary relocation to Tunis over the political crisis in the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission accredits 5 envoys
    02 february 2012 18:50:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Five Ambassadors have been accredited as Permanent Representatives of their countries to the ECOWAS Commission, the Commission said in a statement issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS new Commissioners assume office
    02 february 2012 12:42:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Six new ECOWAS Commissioners on Wednesday assumed duty at the Commission, replacing some of the pioneer Commissioners whose four-year tenure ended on 31 Jan. 2012. Full text...

  • Rising tension ahead of Senegal's elections worries ECOWAS
    27 january 2012 16:14:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission on Friday expressed ''serious concern'' over the rising tension among political parties and citizens in Senegal, ahead of the country's presidential elections next month. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria
    25 january 2012 18:17:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission on Wednesday condemned the recent terrorist attacks which have claimed scores of lives in different parts of Nigeria, thereby aggravating insecurity among both citizens and visitors. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau: Jonathan seeks 'orderly transition', as ECOWAS mourns Pres. Sanha
    10 january 2012 12:46:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President and ECOWAS Chairman Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday called for an orderly transition of power in Guinea Bissau, following the death of the country's President, Malam Bacai Sanha. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns attacks by renegade troops in Guinea Bissau
    28 december 2011 13:57:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Wednesday expressed 'grave concern' over Monday's attacks on the headquarters of the Armed Forces of Guinea Bissau by dissident troops. Full text...

  • New ECOWAS Commissioners to assume office Feb
    23 december 2011 07:54:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - New ECOWAS Commissioners are due to assume office 1 Feb. 2012, replacing the first set of Commissioners who took office following the transformation of the Executive Secretariat into a Commission in 2007 as part of the restructuring of the organization. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Ministers moves to break EPA deadlock with EU
    23 december 2011 07:36:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has requested the Heads of State and Government of the regional bloc to issue fresh guidelines that will help break the deadlock in the negotiations between the region and the European Union (EU) for a free trade area of West Africa and the EU. Full text...

  • Gbeho tasks ECOWAS countries on global economic crises
    20 december 2011 11:19:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President James Victor Gbeho has urged countries in the region to adopt preventive measures to avoid the contagion of the global economic crises in the advanced countries of the world. Full text...

  • Meeting of ECOWAS Council of Ministers opens in Abuja Monday
    17 december 2011 09:25:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 67th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers is due to open Monday in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, the seat of the regional bloc, to consider the outcome of the last Ministerial Monitoring Committee meeting on the negotiation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between West Africa and the European Union as a key agenda item. Full text...

  • Joint ECOWAS-UEMOA Committee meeting on CET opens in Cotonou
    05 december 2011 19:34:42
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The 11th Meeting of the joint ECOWAS-UEMOA Committee for the Management of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) opened in Cotonou, Benin Republic, Monday to review the draft CET Nomenclature, based on the 2012 version of the Harmonized System and the draft ECOWAS CET prepared by the two regional blocs in Banjul, The Gambia, last April. Full text...

  • Gambia's civil society coalition hails ECOWAS decision on country's polls
    04 december 2011 13:42:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A coalition of The Gambia's civil society organisations, most of them based outside the country, has hailed the West African regional bloc ECOWAS for its decision not to send observers to the country's legislative and presidential polls 24 Nov. Full text...

  • Experts suggest ways to strengthen malaria elimination strategy in W/Africa
    02 december 2011 14:29:26
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Experts who attended a meeting in Cotonou, Benin, on Malaria vector control in the ECOWAS region have made wide-ranging recommendations, including a proposal for well-planned and coordinated vector control measures, to complement existing interventions in member states. Full text...

  • Ghana honours ECOWAS Commission President, Gbeho
    02 december 2011 09:04:31
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President James Victor Gbeho has been honoured for statesmanship and excellence in international diplomacy by his country, Ghana. Full text...

  • West African Trade Ministers to meet on free trade pact with EU
    29 november 2011 16:29:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West Africa's Ministers responsible for coordinating negotiations to create a regional free trade area with the European Union (EU) are due to hold crucial talks in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday on the way forward in the negotiations, following disagreements over some issues, the ECOWAS Commission said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Regional experts meet to push free trade pact with EU
    29 november 2011 11:26:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - As West African regional experts meet here to help pep up the lingering negotiation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU), a Ghanaian Minister on Monday urged them to help the region avoid a situation where the non conclusion of the pact will leave the region with different trade regimes. Full text...

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