Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • ECOWAS to assist Niger, others with $1 million
    01 august 2005 14:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS is to provide $1 million to Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali to help alleviate the food crises in the member nations, Executive Secretary of the community, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, announced Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone elects members to ECOWAS parliament
    25 july 2005 21:14:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Parliament in Sierra Leone has elected five members to represent the country in the ECOWAS Parliament based in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministerial delegation returns to Guinea Bissau
    22 july 2005 16:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A high-level ECOWAS delegation, led by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Aichatou Mindaoudou, is due in Guinea Bissau Friday for the second round of the country's presidential election on Sunday, an ECOWAS statement said Friday. Full text...

  • IGC identifies ways to affirm peace in Mano River Basin
    21 july 2005 12:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The International Contact Group (ICG) on the Mano River Basin (MRB) has called for adequate financing of disarmament, demobilisation and rehabilitation (DDR) of former combatants and tackling of youth unemployment to ensure lasting peace and stability in the area's five countries. Full text...

  • Oxfam nudges ECOWAS on Niger food crisis
    20 july 2005 19:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- International relief agency Oxfam, has urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to assist people in desperate need of food in the Sahel region, especially in Mali and Niger, which are members of the 15-nation Community. Full text...

  • Take advantage of ECOWAS' new plan - Official
    19 july 2005 21:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese business should take advantage of ECOWAS's new plan to promote the free movement of goods originating from within the community, advised the assistant executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mame Cor Sene, on Tuesday here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns attacks in Guinea Bissau
    17 july 2005 13:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has strongly condemned the attack on the presidential palace, interior ministry and marine base in Guinea Bissau that led to the loss of lives on Saturday, an ECOWAS statement said on Sunday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS begins sensitisation days Tuesday in Dakar
    15 july 2005 22:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) chose Senegal this year to organise its 'information and sensitisation" days falling 19-21 July, aimed at making people in the subregion become better aware of its objectives, achievements, programmes and projects. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges Ivorians to respect disarmament timetable
    15 july 2005 15:01:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The 13th session of the ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission ended in Yamoussoukro, Thursday with a call on the Ivorian Defence and Security Forces (FDS) and the New Forces Armed Forces (FAFN), the armed wing of the ex-rebel movement, to respect the disarmament timetable adopted 9 July. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sets criteria for stand-by force personnel
    14 july 2005 23:40:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Chiefs of staff from the armed forces of 15 countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday in Yamoussoukro, 421 km from Abidjan approved the criteria of selecting personnel for the headquarters of the sub-region's proposed stand-by force. Full text...

  • ECOWAS inaugurates panel on Liberia's reconciliation commission
    14 july 2005 22:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A seven-member panel, with responsibility to vet members of Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), was inaugurated Thursday by the Mediator for the Liberian peace process, Abdulsalami Abubakar, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • Liberian poll Commission receives 18 vehicles from ECOWAS
    13 july 2005 16:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Wednesday in Monrovia presented the Liberian Electoral Commission with 18 vehicles to facilitate the conduct of the country's legislative and presidential elections scheduled for 11 October this year under the August 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Full text...

  • ECOWAS pleads for shared responsibilities
    13 july 2005 08:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has called for shared responsibilities in order to help the sub-regional organisation accomplish its mission. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence, Security Commission meets in Yamoussoukro
    11 july 2005 17:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission is to begin a three-day meeting Tuesday, in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire, to consider the status of implementation of the Community's Standby Force, an ECOWAS statement said Monday. Full text...

  • West Africa urged to ratify humanitarian law treaties
    08 july 2005 14:53:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Representatives of ECOWAS member states concluded a two-day meeting in Abuja Thursday with a call on member countries to sign and ratify intern ational humanitarian law (IHL) treaties to which they are not yet party. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to provide 18 vehicles for Liberian election
    08 july 2005 14:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to give 18 vehicles on loan to the electoral commission of Liberia to assist it in the conduct of the 11 October general polls in the country, PANA has learnt here. Full text...

  • WB approves US$350m facility for West African Power Pool
    05 july 2005 21:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Bank has approved a 350 million US-dollar facility to support the implementation of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), a regional programme aimed at ensuring reliable and affordable electricity supply in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns post-election violence in Guinea Bissau
    30 june 2005 22:24:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday condemned the demonstration staged in Bissau on 24 June by supporters of former president Of Guinea Bissau, Kumba Yala, during which three people were shot dead and nine others seriously wounded. Full text...

  • ECOWAS official laments delay to ratify ECOWAS protocol
    30 june 2005 20:39:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The executive secretary for Political, Defence, and Security Affairs of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), Cheick Omar Diarra has lamented the failure by many member-states to ratify the protocol on democracy and good governance. Full text...

  • Obasanjo advocates effective fairs to boost intra-regional trade
    24 june 2005 21:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for the organisation of effective trade fairs to boost intra-regional trade as well as peace and stability in West Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministerial delegation ends Guinea Bissau visit
    22 june 2005 19:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- An ECOWAS ministerial delegation, which witnessed Guinea Bissau's Sunday presidential election has ended a five-day visit to the country during which the visitors held talks with government officials and some of the presidential candidates, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • Biotechnology meeting opens in Bamako
    21 june 2005 22:23:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A ministerial conference of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on biotechnology opened Tuesday in Bamako, with "Strategy and action for sustainable agricultural production without endangering man and environment" as its theme. Full text...

  • ECOWAS delegation meets Guinea Bissau officials ahead of polls
    18 june 2005 19:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An ECOWAS delegation Saturday held separate talks with key officials of Guinea Bissau on the eve of the country's 19 June presidential election in a continuing effort by the organization to facilitate the successful conduct of the polls, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS electoral observers arrive Guinea Bissau
    18 june 2005 19:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thirty ECOWAS observers have arrived in Guinea Bissau to monitor Sunday's presidential election, an ECOWAS statement said Saturday. Full text...

  • 39 ECOWAS observers for Guinea Bissau election
    15 june 2005 16:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thirty-nine ECOWAS observers, headed by a member of the regional group's Council of Elders, will monitor Guinea Bissau's presidential election scheduled for 19 June 2005, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement in Abuja Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tandja sues for peace in West Africa
    28 may 2005 14:45:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), chairman, President Mamadou Tandja of Niger, has called on community citizens to rededicate themselves to the ideals of the 15-nation grouping and rid the sub-region of conflicts. Full text...

  • Chairman assesses ECOWAS at 30
    26 may 2005 17:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) marks its 30th anniversary, current Chairman, President Mamadou Tandja of Niger, said the regional grouping had undergone many changes and recorded major successes. Full text...

  • ECOWAS head lists challenges facing economic grouping
    26 may 2005 14:07:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Addressing constraints impeding West Africa from achieving its vision is the major task ahead of the Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS), the sub- regional body's Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns Yala brief take-over of Govt House in Guinea-Bissau
    25 may 2005 17:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has denounced the brief forceful occupation of Guinea Bissau's presidency Wednesday by former President Kumba Yala. Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails progress in Ivorian peace trek
    25 may 2005 11:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has expressed satisfaction over progress in resolving the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • ECOWAS kick-starts 30th anniversary celebration
    24 may 2005 23:35:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Activities marking the 30th anniversary of the sub-regional group ECOWAS formally commenced in Abuja on Tuesday with a press conference addressed by ECOWAS Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau presidential candidates urged to eschew inciting statements
    22 may 2005 18:39:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Three West African leaders - Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Niger's Mamadou Tandja, Sunday urged candidates in Guinea Bissau's 19 June presidential election to avoid comments that could undermine the electoral process in that country. Full text...

  • Mali works towards adoption of ECOWAS protocol on energy
    20 may 2005 12:35:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian cabinet has examined the bill towards the ratification of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol on energy, adopted by the 15-nation community in January 2003. Full text...

  • Togo opposition politicians for ECOWAS/AU mini-summit in Abuja
    18 may 2005 19:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Sixteen opposition politicians from Togo will attend Thursday's mini-summit of ECOWAS and the African Union, in the Nigerian capital Abuja, to seek a lasting solution to the political crisis in the West African nation, ECOWAS sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges 'patriotism' in Guinea Bissau transition
    17 may 2005 13:54:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) chairman Mamadou Tandja of Niger has urged Guinea-Bissau politicians and the citizenry to show 'patriotic awakening' to avoid undue crisis as the country heads for presidential polls 19 June. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Court of Justice chief visits Niger
    14 may 2005 15:29:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Hansine Donli, President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice, Saturday in Niamey, urged citizens of the 15-nation regional community to avail themselves of the services of the Court. Full text...

  • ECOWAS shifts launch of ECOWAS currency to 2009
    11 may 2005 11:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has shifted the launch of its common currency, Eco, from 2005 to 2009, according to the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo. Full text...

  • Launch of West African single currency shifted to 2009
    06 may 2005 21:32:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The launch of a single currency for the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), earlier slated for July this year, has been postponed to 1 December 2009, a statement at the end of a WAMZ summit said Friday in Banjul. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament opens 2005 session
    06 may 2005 16:29:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament has opened its 2005 session in Abuja with the election into the Bureau of the Parliament, its highest organ, top on the agenda. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to discuss action plan for common farm policy
    03 may 2005 12:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Agriculture ministers from the 15 ECOWAS member states will converge on Accra, Ghana, from Tuesday to consider a draft plan of action meant to implement a common agriculture policy (ECOWAP) adopted by their leaders in January in the Ghanaian capital. Full text...

  • ECOWAS team due in Togo Saturday, condemns attack on German centre
    29 april 2005 16:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) fact-finding mission arrives Lome Saturday in continuation of efforts by the region to resolve the crisis precipitated by the country's recent elections, an ECOWAS statement said in Abuja Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS warns against attacks on foreign nationals in Togo
    28 april 2005 14:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Following protests triggered by the results of the presidential elections in Togo, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday warned against further attacks on foreign nationals, including ECOWAS citizens living in the country. Full text...

  • Post-election violence: ECOWAS to send delegation to Togo
    28 april 2005 14:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to send a high-powered delegation of Foreign ministers to Togo to monitor the post-election situation in the country, ECOWAS executive secretary Mohammed Ibn Chambas said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, WAFU plan commemorative football tourney
    28 april 2005 09:37:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS and the West African Football Union (WAFU) have concluded arrangements to stage a regional football competition to commemorate the 30th anniversary of both organizations, according to WAFU President Jacques Anouma. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence chiefs adopt framework for standby force
    22 april 2005 19:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Defence and security Commission (DSC) Friday adopted the operational framework for the ECOWAS standby force at the end of its two-day meeting in Niamey, Niger, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS names 9 Beninese to observe Togo polls
    21 april 2005 17:35:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has appointed nine Beninese to supervise the presidential polls slated for 24 April in Togo. Full text...

  • Brazil pledges to assist ECOWAS in Guinea-Bissau
    13 april 2005 16:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Brazil has pledged to assist the West African sub-regional grouping, ECOWAS, in ensuring the conduct of a free and fair elections in Guinea Bissau, a Portuguese speaking West African country. Full text...

  • RADDHO blames ECOWAS for deadlock in Togo
    06 april 2005 22:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Assembly for the Protection of Human Rights, RADDHO, Wednesday blamed the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and some African leaders for the deadlock in the electoral process in Togo. Full text...

  • Aggressive action urged against money laundering in Africa
    28 march 2005 09:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- To attract long-term investments necessary to fast-track Africa's economic development under the NEPAD blueprint, governments and other stakeholders must defeat money laundering and related crimes on the continent, an ECOWAS official has urged. Full text...

  • Situation in Guinea-Bissau worries ECOWAS
    27 march 2005 11:10:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- A special envoy despatched here by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Hamed Sidibe has expressed the organisation's deep concern about the situation prevailing in Guinea Bissau. Full text...

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