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  • ECOWAS-Brazil summit, 'tribute to President Lula'
    02 july 2010 16:57:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Apart from economic and cultural benefits, Saturday'shistoric one-day summit between ECOWAS and Brazil will be a tribute to outgoing Brazilian President Luiz Inacio 'Lula' Da Silva for his efforts to bring his country closer to Africa, according to ECOWAS Commission President James Victor Gbeho. Full text...

  • Trans-border crimes threaten ECOWAS' success - Jonathan
    02 july 2010 16:25:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- ECOWAS Chairman and Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonath an warned Friday that the successes recorded by the regional bloc in ensuring peace and stability in the region coul d be eroded if other challenges, including trans-border crimes, are not confronted frontally. Full text...

  • Gbeho sworn in as ECOWAS Commission President as 38th summit opens
    02 july 2010 15:53:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Veteran Ghanaian diplomat James Victor Gbeho was sworn in as the President of the ECOWAS Commission Friday, as the 38th ordinary session of the ECOWAS heads of State and Government opened in Sal Island, Cape Verde. Full text...

  • WC 2010: Diplomats hope ECOWAS summit ends ahead of Ghana match
    01 july 2010 17:51:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Some soccer-loving diplomats and others who are already here for Friday's mid-year summit of ECOWAS have expressed the hope that the one-day meeting would end early to enable them watch on television the Ghana-Uruguay quarter-final match at the ongoing 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS President to Black Stars: You are on threshold of history
    01 july 2010 16:57:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- ECOWAS Commission President James Victor Gbeho Thursday urged the Black Stars of Ghana to make history by beating Uruguay and advancing to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS holds historic summit in Cape Verde Friday
    01 july 2010 14:30:00
    Sal- Cape Verde (PANA) -- When the 2010 mid-year summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) opens in Sal, Cape Verde, on Friday, it will mark the first time in the regional bloc's history that its summit will be hosted by a Portuguese-speaking Member State. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence chiefs cancel Bissau meeting
    29 june 2010 10:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A meeting of ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff, scheduled t o hold in Guinea Bissau 28-29 June, has been cancelled after the West African nation's authorities confirmed the interim Army Chief of Staff, an ECOWAS source told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ECOWAS defence chiefs cancel Bissau meeting
    29 june 2010 10:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A meeting of ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff, scheduled t o hold in Guinea Bissau 28-29 June, has been cancelled after the West African na t ion's authorities confirmed the interim Army Chief of Staff, PANA reported Tuesd a y. Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails 'quantum leap' in journey to constitutional rule in Niger
    23 may 2010 08:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) h as hailed Niger's military government for releasing its 12-month transition prog r amme to restore democracy to the West African nation, which until the military i n tervention of February 2010 had been embroiled in political crisis over the viol a tion of the constitution by deposed President Mahamadou Tandja. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ECOWAS happy with political transition programme in Niger
    23 may 2010 08:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has hailed the 12-month political transition prog ramme in Niger, which was released by the country's ruling junta. Full text...

  • Guinea to uphold 27 June election date
    19 may 2010 09:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Guinea's Interim Head of State, Brig. Full text...

  • ECOWAS examines food crisis in sub-region (Corrected)
    18 may 2010 19:47:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Ministers of the ECOWAS in charge of Agriculture, Trade and Humanitarian Affairs will Wednesday in Lome, Togo, review issues related to the f ood and nutritional crisis in the sub-region, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Private sector to join ECOWAS' negotiation with EU on EPA
    08 may 2010 09:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The private sector in West Africa is to be drafted into ongoing negotiations between ECOWAS and the European Union (EU) over the Economi c Partnership Agreement (EPA) for a free trade area of the two regions, according to decisions reached Friday after a two-day meeting of the West African minister s responsible for the negotiation in Bamako, Mali. Full text...

  • Road-map for ECOWAS single visa adopted
    07 may 2010 12:28:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Experts meeting here have adopted a new road-map for the implementation of the single visa policy within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • ECOWAS condoles with Nigeria over Yar'Adua's death
    06 may 2010 13:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Commission said Thursday it received, "with a profound sense of shock and sadness" the death of Nigeria's President Musa Yar'Adua, who until his death Wednesday night held the rotational chairmanship of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS. Full text...

  • EU to boost ECOWAS development with 600m euros
    04 may 2010 19:34:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) is to assist the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with a total of 600 million euros in the next few years for its development needs. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military chiefs in Guinea Bissau on fact-finding mission
    04 may 2010 19:17:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A four-member delegation of ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff arrived in Guinea Bissau on Monday, on a fact-finding mission in connection with the 1 April incident by a section of the country's armed forces that resulted in the brief detention of the Prime Minister and the Chief of Defence Staff. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military delegation due in Guinea Bissau Monday
    02 may 2010 14:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A four-member delegation of West African military chiefs is due in Guinea Bissau Monday (3 May) on a fact-finding mission over last month's incident by a section of the country’s military that resulted in the brief detention of the Prime Minister and the Chief of Defence Staff, PANA reported Sunday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS training exercise ends
    18 april 2010 14:00:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The week-long Field Training Exercise for the Eastern Ba ttalion of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) rounded off in Ketou, Benin Republic, S aturday, with dignitaries witnessing the closing session. Full text...

  • Immigration Chiefs discuss free movement of people in W/Africa
    15 april 2010 18:50:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Issues relating to free movement and migration, particularly those concerning the implementation of current migration projects being undertaken by the ECOWAS Commission, are being considered at a meeting here of Chief Immigration Officers from member States. Full text...

  • Unconstitutional change of govt outdated - Nigeria's defence chief
    15 april 2010 09:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike, said Thursday the protection of all democratic values should be the fundamental objectives of all militaries in the region, as a way of instilling the culture of their non-interference in the politics of member-states. Full text...

  • Meeting of ECOWAS defence chiefs opens in Cotonou
    15 april 2010 09:19:00
    Cotonou- Benin Republic (PANA) -- ECOWAS defence chiefs opened their 27th session here Thursday, against the background of the multilateral and multidisciplinary major Field Training Exerci se aimed at validating the Eastern Battalion of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF). Full text...

  • ECOWAS Armed Forces hold one-week joint military exercise
    11 april 2010 09:16:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A one-week multi-national military exercise involving Armed Forces from the ECOWAS member states and the US will hold in Benin Republic from 12 to 18 April, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence chiefs to discuss Guinea Bissau crisis
    07 april 2010 07:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS defence chiefs will discuss the situation in Guinea Bissau at their meeting in Cotonou, Benin, 13-15 April, as part of the continuing efforts to resolve the crisis, according to a statement from the ECOWAS Commission. Full text...

  • AU/ECOWAS/UN delegation heads to Guinea Bissau
    03 april 2010 09:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A tripartite delegation comprising top officials of ECOW AS, African Union (AU) and the UN headed to Guinea Bissau Saturday to help calm things down in the wake of Thursda y's apparent coup attempt by renegade troops in the West African nation, ECOWAS sources said. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: AU/ECOWAS/UN delegation heads to Guinea Bissau
    03 april 2010 08:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A tripartite delegation comprising officials of ECOWAS, African Union and the UN is heading to Guinea Bissau following an apparent coup attempt by renegade troops in the West African nation Thursday, ECOWAS sources said Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS warns against coup in Guinea Bissau
    01 april 2010 14:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In an unusually strong statement, ECOWAS Thursday warned of 'robust response and dire consequences'' if renegade troops in Guinea Bissau overthrow the country's elected government. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ECOWAS warns against coup in Guinea Bissau
    01 april 2010 13:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Thursday warned there would be a 'robust response and dire consequences' if mutinous Guinea Bissau soldiers overthrow the country ' s elected government, after renegade soldiers seized the head of the army and br i efly detained the Prime Minister. Full text...

  • ECOWAS moves to check proliferation of arms in W/Africa
    01 april 2010 11:48:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has appealed to its European Union (EU) partners to help limit the influx into West Africa of small arms and light weapons which had contributed to more than a decade of instability in the region and has the potential to undermine its efforts to promote democracy and good governance. Full text...

  • 'Era of coups in West Africa over'
    31 march 2010 12:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Commission President James Victor Gbeho has decla red that the â?era of coups is overâ? in West Africa, following years of political instability highlighted by military intervention in the governance of member states. Full text...

  • Inadequate legal instrument hinders efforts to curb money laundering
    29 march 2010 09:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Inadequate legal instrument has been fingered as one of the factors militating against efforts at curbing increased money laundering and terrorism in the Africa, according to Dr. Full text...

  • Confab on peace process wants ECOWAS mechanisms strengthened
    29 march 2010 09:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Participants in a week-long international conference to commemorate and evaluate 20 years of ECOWAS' involvement in peace processes which took place in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, have called on ECOWAS to strengthen its mechanisms to ensure the enforcement of the Constitutional Convergence Principles contained in the instit utionâ?s 2001 Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance. Full text...

  • Liberian leader urges support for ECOWAS peace efforts
    29 march 2010 08:44:00
    Abuja-Nigeria (PANA) -- President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia has called fo r â?robust international support" for the ongoing efforts by ECOWAS to accelerat e the political processes in Code dâ?Ivoire, Guinea and Niger. Full text...

  • ECOWAS launches Youth Volunteers' programme
    29 march 2010 08:17:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador James Victor Gbeho, has called on West African youth to say âœNOâ‌ to violence and join in the peace-building efforts of the ECOWAS Community. Full text...

  • Africa launches two-pronged campaign against human trafficking
    25 march 2010 12:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Africa has launched a new two-pronged campaign to address the challenges of trafficking in persons, particularly women and children, through regional workshops and the launching of the African Union’s Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT) in the Regional Economic Communities (RECs). Full text...

  • New ECOWAS boss comes with wealth of experience, energy
    23 march 2010 07:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- New ECOWAS Commission President James Victor Gbeho, who recently assumed duty at the Commission's headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, is touting his wealth of experience and energy as key in helping to accomplish the goals of ECOWAS during his short tenure. Full text...

  • ECOWAS meeting on mining starts in Bamako Monday
    21 march 2010 12:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS National Experts Workshop on Artisanal and Small- Scale Mining is scheduled to start in Bamako Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to celebrate 20 years of fight for West African peace
    19 march 2010 12:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The West African regional economic bloc, ECOWAS, has slated a major international peace conference for Monrovia, the Liberian capital, to reflect on its peace and security efforts over the last 20 years, the bloc said. Full text...

  • Ministers adopt Plan for Implementation of ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms
    18 march 2010 17:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ministers of ECOWAS member states in charge of Defence and Security have adopted the Five-year Plan of Action for the Implementation of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), Their Ammunition and Other Related Materials as well as the Database for the Management of the Exemption Process. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers of defence, security meet in Abuja
    15 march 2010 08:56:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ministers of Defence and Security in ECOWAS member state s will meet in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, for two days starting Tuesday to review and adopt the Plan of Action for the Impleme ntation of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), Their Ammunition and Other Related Materials as well a s the Database to Manage the Exemption Process, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, EU to resume EPA negotiations shortly
    13 march 2010 14:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African negotiators expect unequivocal commitment f rom the European Union (EU) to a proposed Development Fund for West Africa when b oth regions resume negotiations on 17 March for a new trade regime to create a f r ee trade area, according to a press release from the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UEMOA to train regional statisticians
    11 march 2010 13:30:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A training programme for regional officials involved wit h the compilation of external trade statistics in ECOWAS and UEMOA Member States is due to start in Lome, Togo, Monday, an ECOW AS Commission statement said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to transform area to borderless region
    02 march 2010 15:33:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in its move to transform the area into a borderless region with a view to bringi n g citizens closer together and promoting regional integration, Tuesday began a t w o-day cross-border cooperation meeting in Banjul, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS lauds facilitator, Ivorians for resolving political impasse
    28 february 2010 16:37:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) h as commended the facilitator for the inter-Ivorian dialogue, President Blaise Co m paore of Burkina Faso, for his prompt and strategic action to resolve the impass e in Cote dâ?Ivoireâ?s peace process. Full text...

  • ECOWAS president greets Jammeh on Gambia's independence celebration
    26 february 2010 18:47:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The outgoing president of the Economic Commission of Wes t African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Dr. Full text...

  • ECOWAS trains commanders on peace support operations
    22 february 2010 11:48:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A two-week ECOWAS course for senior commanders in Peace Support Operations (PSOs) opened Monday at Nigeria's National Defence College in Abuja. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sends three-man delegation to Niger
    19 february 2010 11:44:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 15-member regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Friday sent a three-member delegation to Niamey, Niger, in the wake of the military coup that ousted President Mamadou Tandja Thursday, ECOWAS sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: ECOWAS sends three-man delegation to Niger
    19 february 2010 11:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Friday sent a three-member delegation to Niger in the aftermath of a military coup that toppled the country's government. Full text...

  • Niger coup presents real test for new ECOWAS Chair (Analysis)
    19 february 2010 09:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Even if he had any premonition about Thursday's military coup in Niger, the words of the new ECOWAS Chairman and Nigeria's Acting President Goodluck Jonathan could not have been more apt. Full text...

  • ECOWAS chair expresses concern over shooting in Niger
    18 february 2010 17:04:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Chairman of ECOWAS and Acting President of Nigeria, Dr. Full text...

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