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  • 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...

  • Nigerian bank partners with EBID to finance ECOWAS projects
    06 september 2013 11:33:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BoI) and the Economic Community of West African States Bank for investment and Development (EBID) are partnering to finance projects in ECOWAS member states. Full text...

  • ECOWAS solicits int'l support for institutional reform
    16 august 2013 19:45:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - To enable ECOWAS deliver effectively on its core mandate of regional development and integration, the West African regional bloc says it needs the support of all stakeholders, including development partners for ongoing institutional reforms. Full text...

  • ECOWAS declares Mali runoff 'free, transparent, credible'
    13 august 2013 13:13:18
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - ECOWAS has declared Mali's presidential runoff on Sunday as 'free, transparent and credible', despite what it called some constraints. Full text...

  • Nigerian diplomat advises ECOWAS volunteers
    10 august 2013 13:13:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS volunteers, who have just completed their two-year tour of Liberia, have been urged to be worthy ambassadors of the country as they return to their various countries. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Chief pledges support to regional power regulatory body
    10 august 2013 10:08:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Reiterating his commitment to the realization of the mission and objectives of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA), the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Désiré Kadré Ouédraogo, has pledged to facilitate the movement of the Authority to its permanent site in Accra, Ghana, Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders determined to eliminate malaria
    08 august 2013 12:21:27
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders are determined to eliminate malaria from the region to free the enormous resources currently expended on battling the scourge for socio-economic development, Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS malaria elimination campaign moves to Ghana
    05 august 2013 14:06:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regional war against malaria being waged by ECOWAS and partners, through the biolarvicide programme, moves to Ghana this week with a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday for the construction of a factory in the capital city of Accra for the production of the substance. Full text...

  • Draft regulation on W/African regional electricity regulators validated at Dakar meeting
    02 august 2013 13:17:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Experts on energy matters from across West Africa have validated the draft Regulation Relating to the Payment of Regulatory Fees on Regional Electricity Cross-border Trades, a legal document to facilitate a funding mechanism for the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) and enable it operate as an autonomous and independent regulatory body. Full text...

  • ECOWAS staff, Tony Luka Elumelu, excels at migration course for RECs
    02 august 2013 12:11:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - ECOWAS has again lived up to its reputation as a trail blazer in regional integration matters, with a staff of the ECOWAS Commission leading the pack of 16 participants at the just-ended intensive course on Migration Policy for Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • ECOWAS salutes AFISMA troop-contributing nations
    01 august 2013 18:46:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, has paid glowing tributes to troops from the region and Chad for their sacrifice for “freedom and peace” in Mali on behalf of the region and Africa. Full text...

  • Experts review roadmap for ECOWAS single currency
    31 july 2013 13:30:53
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A two-day meeting of regional experts, to review the revised roadmap for the ECOWAS single currency that involves the creation of a second currency by six member states of the second monetary zone by 2015, has rounded off here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS declares Togo parliamentary polls credible, transparent
    26 july 2013 19:54:05
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The ECOWAS Observer Mission to Thursday's Parliamentary polls in Togo Full text...

  • Togo lesislative polls: ECOWAS team commends voters for peaceful conduct
    25 july 2013 19:41:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, Ambassador Leopold Ouédraogo, has commended the Togolese people for their high sense of civic duty and patriotism, with early reports indicating a generally peaceful atmosphere as the country’s three million plus registered voters went to the polls on Thursday, 25 July, 2013, to elect members of the 91-seat National Assembly. Full text...

  • Togo polls: ECOWAS Observer mission head ends consultations
    25 july 2013 10:34:45
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Ahead of Thursday's parliamentary polls in Togo, head of the ECOWAS Election Observer Mission to the elections Leopold Ouedraogo Wednesday rounded off his crucial stakeholder consultations by meeting with the chair of the country’s Justice, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bishop Nicodemus Barrigah-Benissan of Atakpamé, Full text...

  • ECOWAS VP tasks Togo poll observers on neutrality
    24 july 2013 11:17:12
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission Vice President Toga McIntosh has urged members of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Togo’s 25 July Parliamentary elections to perform their duty with utmost neutrality. Full text...

  • Togo polls: ECOWAS Observer Mission head meets stakeholders
    23 july 2013 10:57:26
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Togo Leopold Ouédraogo on Monday met in Lome with officials of Togo’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) and the NGO Goree Institute for Electoral Assistance as part of continuing consultations with stakeholders and pacification efforts ahead of the country’s 25th July Parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission accredits eight envoys
    23 july 2013 10:37:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Eight envoys were accredited as their countries’ permanent representatives to the West African regional bloc ECOWAS during separate brief ceremonies presided over by Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo at the Commission’s headquarters in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Monday. Full text...

  • Head of ECOWAS Observer Mission seeks peaceful polls in Togo
    21 july 2013 20:41:22
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The head of the ECOWAS 80-member Observation Mission to Togo’s 25 July legislative elections, Ambassador Leopold Ouedraogo, has called on all stakeholders, especially political leaders and their followers, to conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure peaceful polls. Full text...

  • ECA wants ECOWAS to fast-track regional integration through common currency
    19 july 2013 17:57:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS, modelled after the European Union (EU), has been advised to fast-track the process of a common currency, in order to speed up integration of the organisation, according to Stephen Karinge, Director of Regional Integration and Trade at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Full text...

  • Membership of ECOWAS Commission enlarged from 9 to 15
    19 july 2013 11:13:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders have decided to enlarge the membership of the Commission from nine to 15, in line with their agreement in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire, last February under the ongoing institutional reform. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to hold extraordinary summit in Dakar
    18 july 2013 20:21:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders are to meet in Dakar, Senegal, in October in an extraordinary session to decide on three issues critical to the financial health of the region – the Common External Tariff (CET), the Community Levy and the lingering Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • ECOWAS Chair, Quattara, confirms Nigeria's withdrawal from MINUSMA
    18 july 2013 19:33:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Chairman and President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Quattara, Thursday confirmed Nigeria’s withdrawal from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), saying the measure was to enable Nigeria meet its pressing local security challenges.Full text...

  • ECOWAS President lauds outing US Ambassador
    18 july 2013 09:40:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has commended outgoing US Ambassador to Nigeria Terence McCulley for his contribution to the achievements recorded by ECOWAS during his tenure, particularly in the area of peace and security in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders canvass support for successful political transitions in Mali, Guinea-Bissau
    18 july 2013 09:06:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders have called for international support for the success of the ongoing political transitions in two of its member-nations, Mali and Guinea-Bissau, following security and political crises in both countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria to withdraw troops from UN mission in Mali (Full story)
    17 july 2013 18:51:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the withdrawal of the country's troops from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), two weeks after the mission was launched from a previous, African-led International force, according to Nigerian military sources. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria to withdraw troops from UN mission in Mali
    17 july 2013 18:21:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the withdrawal of the country's troops from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), two weeks after the mission was launched from a previous, African-led International force, PANA reported Wednesday, quoting Nigerian military sources. Full text...

  • ECOWAS signs malaria elimination pact with Nigerian state
    17 july 2013 12:36:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and Nigeria’s oil-rich Rivers State have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a factory to produce anti-mosquito larvae biolarvicides, under the ECOWAS Malaria Elimination Campaign. Full text...

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