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  • 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...

  • Togo: Churches warn ECOWAS on EPA
    13 march 2014 14:13:07
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Secretary-General of the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa, Rev. Tolbert Thomas Jallah, Jr., has expressed great disappointment over the fast-track conclusion of the EPA deal between ECOWAS and the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Senegal: ECOWAS trains Senegalese journos on SALW
    12 march 2014 16:39:33
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - About 30 Senegalese journalists on Tuesday began a three-day workshop in Dakar aimed at sensitising and building the capacity of the media on the flow of small arms and light weapons (SALW).Full text...

  • Benin: Minister commends ECOWAS Commission on regional integration
    03 march 2014 14:51:17
    Ouidah, Benin (PANA) - The Minister for Economy and Finance in Benin, Mr. Jonas Gbian, has commended the collaborative efforts of the ECOWAS Commission and its Member States in promoting the integration process, saying that this had created, among others, a better understanding of the regional Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and Goods. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS ministers meet in Abuja over Lagos-Abidjan highway project
    28 february 2014 08:06:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Ministers of Works and Road Infrastructure of the five ECOWAS Member States involved in the multi-million-dollar Lagos-Abidjan Corridor Highway Project meet in Abuja Friday to put in motion activities towards the actualization of the 1,028-kilometre road project linking some of the region's major capital cities and ports. Full text...

  • Niger: ECOWAS meeting on biometric national identity card holds
    26 february 2014 17:53:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Security ministers from ECOWAS member states met here Wednesday to discuss the entry into circulation of the biometric national identity card in the Community. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS, Benin promote regional integration with Caravan
    25 february 2014 12:26:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and the Government of Benin Republic will use the 9th Benin National Caravan, which opened Monday, as a collaborative platform to sensitise the citizens on the ECOWAS-led regional integration process, the Commission said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Regional ministers endorse compromises for EPA negotiations
    25 february 2014 09:07:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - West Africa’s ministers of finance and trade have adopted the compromise proposals for concluding the decade-long negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) for a free trade area of the two regions, the ECOWAS Commission said in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Meeting on zero hunger initiative for West Africa holds in Accra
    23 february 2014 09:53:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other partners, will this week launch the West Africa Zero Hunger Initiative targetting the eradication of hunger in the region and adopting a new approach to the governance of agricultural, food and nutrition issues in West Africa during an inception workshop scheduled for Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Senegal: West African Finance Ministers meet on EPA
    17 february 2014 12:53:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A meeting of West Africa’s Ministers of Finance and Trade opened in Dakar, Senegal, Monday to consider proposals for concluding the protracted negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU), PANA reported. Full text...

  • Mali: ECOWAS assures of continued assistance to Mali
    14 february 2014 00:05:00
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - ECOWAS will continue to offer assistance to Malians affected by the multidimensional crisis faced by the country, the regional bloc's Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Mrs Fatimata Dia Sow, said in Bamako Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Scale-up of regional peace, security architecture approved
    13 february 2014 09:17:39
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Regional Ambassadors accredited to ECOWAS and the Technical Committee on Political Affairs have made additional recommendations for the operationalisation and strengthening of the regional peace and security architecture, particularly rapid and effective diplomatic and military responses to serious emergency situations. Full text...

  • Nigeria: China, ECOWAS to partner on infrastructural facilities
    12 february 2014 16:04:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In line with its commitment to contribute to the integration and development of the West African region, China says it is considering to assist ECOWAS improve its infrastructure. Full text...

  • Ghana: 'ECOWAS must respond rapidly, effectively to regional crisis'
    11 february 2014 08:55:02
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission Vice President Toga McIntosh has underscored the need for the ECOWAS peace and security mechanisms to respond rapidly and effectively to the crises in the region, drawing lessons from the recent crisis in Mali. Full text...

  • Ghana: Experts call for effective ECOWAS Standby Force
    09 february 2014 08:52:08
    Akosombo, Ghana (PANA) - Experts who reviewed the ECOWAS intervention in Mali have urged the regional bloc to sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with its member states to enable them dedicate military units to the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF), as part of efforts to strengthen and operationalise the regional peace and security architecture. Full text...

  • Togo: ECOWAS Court to sit in Togo 10-14 Feb.
    07 february 2014 11:43:48
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will sit from 10 to 14 February in Lome, the Togolese capital, PANA learned Friday from judicial sources. Full text...

  • Ghana: Indian delegation visits ECOWAS regional electricity authority
    05 february 2014 14:50:25
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - An Indian delegation Tuesday visited the offices of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, where it met with the organisation's Chairman, El Hadj Ibrahima Thiam. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: New ECOWAS Commissioners assume duty
    05 february 2014 14:15:52
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The seven new Commissioners of the ECOWAS Commission have assumed duty, the Commission said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: 'ECOWAS committed to bright future of community children'
    05 february 2014 11:56:45
    Akosombo, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is committed to ensuring the brightest future for Community children through the implementation of various child protection, education and development programmes, ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo said in Akosombo, Ghana, Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ouedraogo urges 'sober reflection' on ECOWAS intervention in Mali
    05 february 2014 11:42:10
    Akosombo, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has called on partners and stakeholders to undertake a "sober reflection, healthy debate, and open self-criticism" of the regional bloc's interventions in Mali, in order to help the organisation and the region "to improve their conflict management and resolution capacity." Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Experts to review ECOWAS interventions in Mali
    03 february 2014 15:04:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Experts on regional political and security matters, social and humanitarian affairs, diplomacy and communication, among others, are to meet in Akosombo, Ghana, from Tuesday to review ECOWAS’ initiatives and responses to the recent security, political, and institutional crises in Mali. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: 7 new commissioners approved for ECOWAS Commission
    24 january 2014 13:09:57
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has approved the appointment of seven new Commissioners into the expanded ECOWAS Commission, bringing the total number of Commissioners to 15, the Commission announced Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria/ECOWAS: Partnership against international crime launched
    23 january 2014 13:30:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The West African Police Information System (WAPIS) Programme Office, a partnership initiative of the International Criminal Investigation Police Organisation (INTERPOL), ECOWAS and the European Union (EU), was officially launched in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city and seat of ECOWAS, Wednesday. Full text...

  • 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...

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