Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • 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...

  • West African experts to meet in Banjul on common external tariff
    26 march 2005 22:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Regional experts meet in Banjul, Gambia next week to review the roadmap for the implementation of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) and the Customs Union Wednesday in Banjul, an ECOWAS statement said in Abuja Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS parliamentary delegation in Togo
    21 march 2005 22:34:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A parliamentary delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is currently in Togo to monitor preparations for the 24 April presidential election. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Elders concerned over Ivorian situation
    16 march 2005 17:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Council of Elders has expressed "great concern" over the stalemate in the resolution of the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire and urged Ivorians to overcome their political differences in the supreme national interest. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to probe alleged corruption in Liberia
    16 march 2005 15:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A team of ECOWAS investigators/auditors is to arrive in Monrovia Friday to probe allegations of corruption within Liberia's National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA) and other state institutions, an ECOWAS statement said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Elders, Mediation Board meet in Niamey
    15 march 2005 21:03:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Council of Elders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began discussions here Tuesday on the security situation in Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, German Foundation sign co-operation agreement
    11 march 2005 20:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS and the Germany Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Friday in Abuja signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on co-operation in various fields, including the promotion of regional peace and security, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Mediator urges Liberians to unite on peace
    07 march 2005 18:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS mediator on the Liberian Peace Process, former Nigerian leader General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has urged Liberians to work collectively for the successful implementation of the outstanding aspects of the Accra (Ghana) 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ponders mail delivery network
    06 march 2005 19:47:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is studying the setting up a sub- regional land network to deliver mail among member states, official sources revealed here Sunday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails Kadhafi's role in resolution Togolese crisis
    05 march 2005 19:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Mamadou Tandja of Niger re-stated his gratitude Friday to Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi for the Libyan leader's contribution in the resolution of the political crisis in Togo. Full text...

  • ECOWAS moves to boost intra-regional trade on agriculture
    03 march 2005 18:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Efforts to improve intra-regional trade in agricultural products and inputs within West Africa received a boost Thursday, with the launch in Abuja of a 15 million-US-dollar project. Full text...

  • Opposition leader doubts ECOWAS capacity for fair polls in Togo
    03 march 2005 17:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gilchrist Olympio, leader of Togo's opposition Union of Forces of Change, UFC, has expressed doubt over the capacity of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to guarantee fair elections in his country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS wants presidential poll in Togo 24 April
    02 march 2005 19:43:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Wednesday urged authorities in Togo to organise a presidential election by 24 April at the latest, to fill the political vacuum created by President Gnassingbe Eyadema's death 5 February. Full text...

  • Togo political parties disagree on presidential poll date
    01 march 2005 19:07:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese political parties are divided over the date of fresh presidential election in the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges international support for Togo election, names envoy
    28 february 2005 21:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders Monday in Lome called on the international community, in particular the UN and the European Union to provide urgently needed resources for Togo's planned presidential elections. Full text...

  • West African crises worry UN
    28 february 2005 19:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Security Council met in New York Monday and warned that "emerging and ongoing tensions" in some West African countries over the transfer of power could undermine efforts to stabilise the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders to meet in Lome following Faure's resignation
    26 february 2005 15:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An ECOWAS mini-summit grouping the Presidents of Niger, Benin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria is to take place in Lome, Monday, on the evolving political development in Togo following Faure Gnassingbe's resignation and the appointment of an interim president for the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS lifts sanctions on Togo
    26 february 2005 14:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Saturday lifted the sanctions it imposed on Togo 19 February after Faure Gnassingbe's decision to step down as President of Togo in compliance with the demand of the Extraordinary summit held in Niamey, Niger on 9 February. Full text...

  • Kadhafi's efforts to contain crisis in Togo
    21 february 2005 10:35:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The crisis in Togo was at the centre of a telephone conversation between Libyan leader Muammar Kadhafi, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Niger President Mamadou Tanja on the one hand, and Faure Eyadema, Togo's new leader and son to the late President Gnassingbe Eyadema, on the other. Full text...

  • ECOWAS slams sanctions on Togo
    19 february 2005 19:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The regional group ECOWAS imposed sanctions on Togo on Saturday in the aftermath of the unconstitutional succession in the country following the death of President Gnassingbe Eyadema of the West African country. Full text...

  • Franco-Togolese conspiracy takes AU, ECOWAS to task
    15 february 2005 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- When upon the outbreak of the crisis in Toto the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) unequivocally demanded a return to constitutional order, they were not only sounding exceptionally tough but actually putting their own very credibility at stake. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sends delegation to Togo
    15 february 2005 15:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS) delegation has arrived in Togo to continue the search for solution to the political crisis triggered by the recent death of long-time President Gnassingbe Eyadema, ECOWAS sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders demand unreserved apology from Togo to Nigeria
    11 february 2005 19:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African leaders Friday asked Togolese authorities to apologise to Nigeria for refusing landing rights in Lome to the plane carrying the advance team of President Olusegun Obasanjo, the African Union (AU) chairman. Full text...

  • ECOWAS gives Togo 2 weeks to restore political order or face sanctions
    09 february 2005 21:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders rose from their emergency summit in Niamey, Niger Wednesday condemning the unconstitutional succession in Togo and directed the authorities to return to constitutional order within two weeks or risk sub-regional sanctions including travel ban and freezing of assets of the new leaders. Full text...

  • ECOWAS chairman eulogises Eyadema at summit
    09 february 2005 17:49:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Incumbent Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) chairman Mamadou Tandja of Niger on Wednesday paid glowing tribute to president Gnassingbe Eyadema, describing the late Togolese leader as "a great statesman" and "apostle of peace". Full text...

  • ECOWAS extraordinary summit on Togo opens in Niamey
    09 february 2005 17:38:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the political situation in Togo opened here Wednesday with several heads of state of the regional bloc in attendance. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mission to Lome to brief Niamey summit Wednesday
    08 february 2005 21:47:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- An ECOWAS delegation to Lome led by Niger Foreign Minister Aichatou Mindaoudou is to brief the emergency summit taking place in Niamey Wednesday on the political situation in Togo. Full text...

  • ECOWAS calls emergency summit on Togo
    07 february 2005 16:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An ECOWAS emergency summit is to take place Wednesday in Niamey, Niger on the unfolding political development in member country Togo following President Gnassingbe Eyadema's death Saturday, ECOWAS sources told PANA Monday. Full text...

  • AU, ECOWAS mourn Eyadema, reject succession
    07 february 2005 10:09:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- African Union (AU) and ECOWAS leaders have rejected the succession of the late President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo by his son, as the tiny nation was still mourning the passage of Africa's longest ruling leader. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns military take-over in Togo
    06 february 2005 20:39:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The current chairman of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS), President Mamadou Tandja of Niger on Sunday "firmly" condemned the seizure of power by the Togolese army in violation of the country's constitution. Full text...

  • ECOWAS meeting discusses socio-economic insertion of youth
    03 february 2005 20:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The social and economic integration of young people is the focus of a meeting that opened here Thursday, grouping national youth directors from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • ADB grants ECOWAS $3.1 million to fight water weeds
    02 february 2005 09:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Development Bank (ADB) have signed a grant agreement for $3. Full text...

  • Tandja meets ECOWAS Secretariat officials
    28 january 2005 20:16:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Newly-elected Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Mamadou Tandja of Niger, Friday paid a familiarisation visit to the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja. Full text...

  • ECOWAS new chair to visit Abuja Secretariat Friday
    27 january 2005 21:25:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS new Chairman and President of Niger, Mamadou Tandja, is expected to visit the organisation's secretariat in Abuja Friday, ECOWAS sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, IDEP sign cooperation agreement
    27 january 2005 14:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS and the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on ways to enhance the ability of the regional community in trade and macro-economic reforms. Full text...

  • ECOWAS boss nudges closer ties among African RECs
    26 january 2005 15:13:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas Wednesday called for closer collaboration and harmonisation of activities of African regional economic communities (RECs). Full text...

  • Paris hails election of Tandja as ECOWAS chair
    20 january 2005 20:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French Foreign ministry Thursday hailed the election of Niger president Mamadou Tandja as chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), acknowledging the vital role the organisation plays in regional stability. Full text...

  • New ECOWAS Chairman appeals for support
    19 january 2005 20:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The newly elected Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Mamadou Tandja of Niger appealed Wednesday for unflinching support from his peers during his one-year tenure. Full text...

  • West African leaders approve mutual agricultural policy
    19 january 2005 19:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) approved a common agricultural policy here Wednesday, aimed at ensuring sustainable food security, judicious management of natural resources and decent reward for those engaged in agriculture. Full text...

  • Niger's Tandja elected ECOWAS Chairman
    19 january 2005 18:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The 28th ECOWAS ordinary summit Wednesday in Accra elected Niger President Mamadou Tandja as the chairman of the sub-regional organisation. Full text...

  • Chambas stresses need to develop dialogue in ECOWAS
    19 january 2005 18:14:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, on Wednesday stressed the need to develop a culture of dialogue, tolerance and good neighbourliness among member countries. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders open summit with focus on security
    19 january 2005 14:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Wednesday opened their 28th ordinary summit here with the search for peace and security in the sub- region expected to dominate their deliberations. Full text...

  • Obasanjo, others in Accra for ECOWAS summit
    18 january 2005 22:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nine ECOWAS leaders, including African Union chair, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in Accra Tuesday for the sub-regional group's 28th ordinary summit on Wednesday. Full text...

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