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  • Senegal: West Africa, EU resume EPA negotiations in Dakar
    22 january 2014 16:56:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - West Africa and the European Union (EU) on Monday resumed their suspended Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations for the creation of a free trade area at a four-day senior officials’ meeting in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS leaders to meet Japanese PM in Abidjan
    09 january 2014 20:44:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders are due to meet with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Friday, the Nigerian presidency has announced, while saying President Goodluck Jonathan will be among the leaders. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan leaves Friday for ECOWAS meeting in Abidjan
    09 january 2014 18:17:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, will travel to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, Friday to attend a meeting of leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS' growth rate higher than Africa's in 2013
    07 january 2014 14:34:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African regional economic community ECOWAS is projected to record an growth rate of 6.3% in 2013, which is higher than the average African growth rate of 4.8% in the same year, according to details of the achievements of ECOWAS in 2013, made available to PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ministers approve investment guarantee agency for West Africa
    20 december 2013 09:28:01
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ministers responsible for ECOWAS Affairs in member states have approved the establishment of a regional Investment Guarantee Agency with an authorised capital of US$1 billion to help mitigate political risks associated with investments in West Africa. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean Cristy Spencer crowned Miss ECOWAS 2013
    17 december 2013 11:48:25
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - Cape Verde's Cristy Spencer has won the 2013 edition of Miss ECOWAS beauty pageant, which was held Sunday evening in Abidjan, Côte d' Ivoire, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS promises 'significant improvements' in power supply for citizens
    17 december 2013 09:48:19
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Citizens of West African countries that benefitting from a US$108-million regional emergency energy programme will experience “significant improvements” in their energy generation and supply from next year, ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo has assured. Full text...

  • ECOWAS declares Mali's parliament runoff free, transparent
    17 december 2013 09:29:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Despite a low turnout, the second round of Mali's parliamentary election took place in ''acceptable conditions of freedom and transparency'', the ECOWAS Election Observer Mission (EOM) has declared in its preliminary observation on the election, held Sunday. Full text...

  • Head of ECOWAS election observers tasks Malians on political transition
    16 december 2013 10:40:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Head of the ECOWAS Observer Mission to Sunday's parliamentary runoff in Mali Amos Sawyer has called on Mali's political stakeholders, including the electorate, political parties, the government and civil society, to seize the momentum of international goodwill and solidarity to ensure the success of the ECOWAS-facilitated political transition in their country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to give 3 member states US$108m for power generation
    15 december 2013 08:51:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS is to give US$108 million in grants to three of its member states to boost their power generation capacity, under the region’s emergency power supply programme designed to provide sustainable solution to the energy crisis in the affected countries. Full text...

  • Mali's 2nd-round parliamentary polls: ECOWAS observers charged on integrity, dedication
    14 december 2013 18:30:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Sunday's second-round of Parliamentary polls in Mali, Prof. Amos Sawyer, has urged the 50 regional observers “to bring their experience, integrity, commitment and dedication to bear” on their conduct as the region accompanies the West African country to exit its political and security crises. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, AUC partner on protection of informal economy
    14 december 2013 16:44:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Regional experts have called on ECOWAS to lead in the implementation of the Social protection plan for workers in the informal economy and those in the rural areas (SPIREWORK) by formalizing existing institutional frameworks and establishing a legislative or regulatory, structure-based social protection for various sectors such as Agriculture, Trade and Gender. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to deploy 50 observers for Mali legislative elections
    13 december 2013 10:33:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS is to deploy 50 election observers to Mali for the country’s second-round Parliamentary polls 15 Dec., following an inconclusive first-round balloting 24 Nov., the ECOWAS Commission has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS member states to raise US$50m for key road project
    12 december 2013 08:06:55
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Five ECOWAS member states involved in the Abidjan-Lagos road corridor project have agreed to contribute US$50 million in “seed money” to ensure speedy implementation of the 1,028-km project. Full text...

  • West Africa optimistic about funding for road project linking cities
    09 december 2013 09:27:46
    Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - West Africa is optimistic about the prospect of securing requisite funding for its latest project to link some of its “vibrant and populated “cities through a 1,028-kilometre highway project, Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Economic Infrastructure Patrick Achi has said. Full text...

  • Mali's parliamentary polls acceptable, transparent - ECOWAS
    26 november 2013 10:10:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The observer mission of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS has said Sunday's legislative election in Mali met ''globally-acceptable standards''. Full text...

  • China pledges to support ECOWAS Standby Force
    25 november 2013 19:41:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Deputy Chief of Foreign Affairs in China’s Ministry of National Defence, Maj.-Gen. Hu Changming, has declared his country’s intention to foster cooperation with ECOWAS in improving the effectiveness of the regional security architecture, particularly the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF). Full text...

  • ECOWAS commends 'orderly voting' in Mali
    25 november 2013 11:24:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM), Prof. Amos Sawyer, has commended Malians for their orderly conduct during Sunday's election to fill the country’s 147-seat parliament. Full text...

  • Malians vote in parliamentary election
    24 november 2013 11:59:44
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malians are voting on Sunday to elect members of the 147-seat National Assembly from the more than 1,100 contending candidates, in an election that is seen as crucial to the success of the country's return to the path of peace and stability after a long-drawn political crisis. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observer mission head appeals for peaceful polls in Mali
    22 november 2013 12:26:47
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission Amos Sawyer has appealed for peaceful parliamentary polls in Mali on Sunday to consolidate the progress made towards the restoration of constitutional order and the country’s territorial integrity. Full text...

  • 'Teams ECOWAS' hailed for picking 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets
    21 november 2013 09:31:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - With three of the five teams that will fly the African flag at the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming from West Africa, the regional bloc ECOWAS has congratulated the teams for their feat. Full text...

  • AU, RECs meet to strengthen collaboration
    21 november 2013 08:34:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Senior officials from the African Union Commission (AUC), Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) are meeting in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, on the effective implementation of legal and policy instruments towards the strengthening of their cooperation. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to deploy 100 Observers for Mali parliamentary poll
    20 november 2013 12:10:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Former President of Liberia’s Interim Government of National Unity Amos Sawyer is leading a 100-strong ECOWAS Observation Mission (EOM) to Mali’s Parliamentary polls on Sunday, the ECOWAS Commission has announced. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to give US$500,000 food aid to Mali
    19 november 2013 13:36:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has announced it will give Mali about US$500,000 in food aid within the next few weeks to support populations adversely affected by that country’s political and security crises. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso retains ECOWAS Cycling Tour title
    19 november 2013 13:28:21
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Rasmane Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso has emerged the overall champion at the 3rd ECOWAS Cycling Race, retaining the title he won in the 2nd edition in 2011, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS deploys 20-member emergency response team to Mali
    18 november 2013 15:14:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS is to deploy 20 members of its Emergency Response Team (EERT) to Mali within the framework of a regional Humanitarian Assistance for the country which is exiting political and security crises. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso's dominance challenged at ECOWAS Cycling Tour
    15 november 2013 15:15:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Riders from Cote d' Ivoire, Ghana and Mali finished in the top six positions on Thursday at the end of the first stage of the ongoing third ECOWAS Cycling Tour, thereby challenging the dominance of Burkina Faso’s cyclists in the regional competition. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to use cycling tour to achieve borderless W/Africa
    12 november 2013 18:54:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - No fewer than 90 cyclists from the 15-member ECOWAS will take part in the West African sub-regional cycling carnival - the third ECOWAS Cycling Tour - from Lagos to Abidjan, according to a PANA Correspondent here.Full text...

  • 7th ECOWAS Trade Fair ends in Ghana
    12 november 2013 13:54:20
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 7th ECOWAS Trade Fair has rounded off in Ghana's capital, Accra, after 12 days of showcasing of culture and products by 600 exhibitors from 11 ECOWAS member states and outside the region, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian leader to visit Guinea Bissau, Gambia
    07 november 2013 19:17:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan will Friday begin a two-day diplomatic shuttle between Guinea-Bissau and Gambia, a press statement from the presidency indicated here Thursday.Full text...

  • 90 cyclists for 3rd ECOWAS cycling tour
    07 november 2013 15:17:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 90 cyclists from the 15 member nations of the sub-regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), will participate in the 3rd ECOWAS International Cycling Tour, scheduled for 13-17 Nov. Full text...

  • ECOWAS budget session begins
    06 november 2013 12:29:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo has appealed to member states of the 15-member organisation to faithfully implement the Community Levy Protocol and Mechanisms, to provide the organisation with the funds needed for effective discharge its obligations. Full text...

  • W/African regional experts call for action plan on integrated maritime strategy
    05 november 2013 18:38:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Maritime experts from West Africa have asked the ECOWAS Commission to facilitate the development of a detailed action plan for the implementation of the proposed ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy (EIMS), the Commission said in press statement, received here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • ECOWAS regional integration: Stakeholders demand more action from leaders
    05 november 2013 15:44:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders and Member States have been challenged to translate their various decisions and statements on regional integration into concrete actions. Full text...

  • Killing of RFI journalists in Mali 'heinous act' - ECOWAS Chair
    04 november 2013 11:47:24
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, has described as a "heinous act " the killing of two French radio journalists by gunmen in northern Mali on Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Day celebrated at Trade Fair
    03 november 2013 16:04:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ongoing ECOWAS Trade Fair gained momentum on its third day in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, on Saturday, when community citizens were urged to exercise and protect their rights under the instrumentalities provided by the 38-year-old regional economic bloc. Full text...

  • Media network established to combat human trafficking in West Africa
    31 october 2013 10:12:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - An ECOWAS-organised stakeholders meeting has established a Media Network for combating Trafficking in Persons and Child Protection in West Africa (REMSET:CEDAO), with the ECOWAS Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit to serve as the Secretariat of the Network. Full text...

  • ECOWAS commits to free, fair, credible elections in West Africa
    22 october 2013 16:36:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is irrevocably committed to working for free, fair and credible elections in Member States with a view to entrenching democracy, good governance and facilitating regional integration and development, the President of the Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has said. Full text...

  • Ivorian minister urges harmonization of conflict prevention strategies in West Africa
    22 october 2013 16:25:18
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - West African countries should harmonize their conflict-prevention strategies and instruments to enable them deal with various conflicts threatening peace and stability in the region, the Ivorian Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Charles Koffi Diby, has advocated. Full text...

  • ECOWAS meets on early warning mechanisms
    20 october 2013 19:47:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A four-day consultative meeting opening in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Monday, will discuss a draft policy framework for helping ECOWAS member states develop early warning mechanisms, the ECOWAS Commission said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS congratulates Guinea for successful polls
    20 october 2013 19:37:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission on Sunday congratulated Guinea for the 28 Sept legislative polls, following the release of the provisional results. Full text...

  • 4th Forum on West African regional electricity regulation holds next month
    18 october 2013 10:07:11
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The 4th Forum on regional electricity regulation is scheduled to hold in Banjul, The Gambia, 20-21 Nov. 2013, according to the organiser, ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA). Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission 'dismayed' at attack on Nigerian Embassy in Guinea-Bissau
    11 october 2013 11:03:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has expressed ''concern and dismay'' at Tuesday's mob attack on the Nigerian Embassy in Bissau and the fatal lynching of the country's nationals in the capital. Full text...

  • Implementation of ECOWAS Common External Tariff starts 1 Jan. 2015
    02 october 2013 13:06:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has recommended that the new five-band regional Common External Tariff (CET) become operational on 1 Jan. 2015. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers meet on EPA, others
    30 september 2013 07:36:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS ministers were due to begin an extraordinary session in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, from Monday (30Sept) to discuss the latest proposals to revive stalled negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers mobilize funds for regional road project
    22 september 2013 18:41:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Member States of the Steering Committee for the Abidjan-Lagos Highway project have agreed to coordinate the mobilization of funds for the 1,028-kilometre road project involving five ECOWAS countries and linking several commercial and capital cities of the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Justice Ministers meet in Abidjan
    12 september 2013 12:56:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Justice Ministers Thursday kick-started a two-day meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, to consider a revised draft Act for enhancing the powers of the 13-year-old community parliament. Full text...

  • Experts call for functional national infrastructures for peace in Africa
    11 september 2013 14:43:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Government officials, non-state actors, including regional, international and civil society organizations rose from their meeting in Accra, Ghana, calling for the establishment in Africa of functional national infrastructures for peace with institutional and financial autonomy through the creation of National Peace Funds as one of its components. Full text...

  • ECOWAS calls for harmonized approach to conflict prevention, management in Africa
    10 september 2013 14:17:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desiré Ouedraogo, has called for the harmonization and coordination of the disparate conflict prevention and management efforts across Africa and their linkage to regional and continental architecture in order to maximize effectiveness and benefits.Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails peaceful resolution of Ghana's election petition
    06 september 2013 13:59:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has commended the Government, the Judiciary and people of Ghana for the ''peaceful and transparent resolution'' of the electoral petition filed by the opposition New Patriotic Party before the country's Supreme Court, following the 7 Dec. 2012 presidential poll. Full text...

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