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

  • Mali's Toure for ECOWAS Summit in Accra
    18 january 2005 18:07:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure will travel to Accra Wednesday for the 28th Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit in the Ghanaian Capital, official sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kerekou prepares for 28th ECOWAS in Accra
    18 january 2005 16:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The foreign ministry in Benin Tuesday confirmed that President Mathieu Kerekou will attend the 28th ordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) scheduled to open Wednesday in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders still seeking direction to integration
    17 january 2005 20:04:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would be 30 this year, but the sub-region remains in search of integration. Full text...

  • WAMZ intensifies study on single currency process
    14 january 2005 23:33:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Stakeholders of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) are assessing member states to determine their preparedness toward the achievement of a second monetary zone for the English-speaking West African States. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Accra summit to address integration, conflict management
    12 january 2005 19:05:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The 28th ECOWAS summit planned for 19-20 January in Accra, Ghana, would focus on conflict management, regional integration and NEPAD, among other issues, a Ghanaian official said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers approve common agric policy for West Africa
    12 january 2005 14:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ministers of agriculture from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have approved a comprehensive common agricultural policy for the region, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • Election of chairman to top ECOWAS summit agenda
    11 january 2005 21:18:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The election of a new chairman for the next one year will top the agenda at the ECOWAS summit in Accra 19 January, an ECOWAS statement said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS trade negotiation course opens in Nigeria
    10 january 2005 19:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's commerce minister Idris Waziri Monday urged ECOWAS member states to urgently resolve the many challenges imposed by the implementation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements to enable them participate more effectively in the multilateral trading system. Full text...

  • 31 officials for ECOWAS training on trade negotiation
    08 january 2005 15:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thirty-one officials from five ECOWAS member States are to begin a three-week training in Abuja Monday on multilateral trade negotiation, organised by the sub-regional body. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Summit in Accra 19 January
    07 january 2005 22:39:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS annual summit, which had been scheduled for last month will now take place 19 January in the Ghanaian capital Accra, reliable sources at the Abuja, Nigeria headquarters of the 15-nation sub-regional grouping said Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS agriculture ministers to meet in Cotonou
    07 january 2005 10:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African agriculture ministers will meet in Cotonou, Benin Saturday to review the draft document of the common agricultural policy, the orientation framework of which was adopted four years ago, a statement from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS prepares for single monetary union
    05 january 2005 15:20:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governors of central banks in the West African sub-region have set aside $118,133 for the study of the state of preparedness of the sub-region for a single monetary union, according to a report by the governors' forum to all ECOWAS institutions. Full text...

  • ECOWAS accredits Egyptian ambassador
    27 december 2004 13:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has accredited the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Moneim Talaat, as his country's permanent representative to the regional bloc, making it the first country outside West Africa and Europe to be so endorsed, ECOWAS sources said Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS soldiers drill in children's rights during conflicts
    20 december 2004 17:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 60 soldiers from 13 countries of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) are attending a training course here on children's rights before, during and after armed conflicts organised by the Swedish NGO Save The Children. Full text...

  • ECOWAS wants enhanced UN force in Cote d'Ivoire
    12 december 2004 13:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African military chiefs have urged the UN to strengthen its peacekeeping mission in Cote d'Ivoire, UNOCI, to enable it respond effectively to security breaches in the country. Full text...

  • Togolese, Beninese paratroopers receive certificates
    10 december 2004 13:45:00
    Cana- Benin (PANA) -- At least 50 Togolese and Beninese paratroopers have received French paratrooper certificates following several jumping drills in the fourth RECAMP (Strengthening of peace-keeping capacities) exercises that recently ended in Benin. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military chiefs meet in Cotonou Friday
    09 december 2004 21:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A two-day meeting of ECOWAS military chiefs under the auspices of the Defence and Security Commission (DSC) opens in Cotonou, Benin, Friday, ECOWAS said in a statement in Abuja Thursday. Full text...

  • West, Central African aviation ministers meet in Libreville
    01 december 2004 12:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ministers responsible for aviation in the 23 countries of West and Central Africa meet Thursday in Libreville, Gabon to adopt a common air transport economic regulation as part of the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision in the two regions, an ECOWAS statement said Wednesday. Full text...

  • World Bank lifts West African Gas Pipeline Project
    25 november 2004 22:08:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The World Bank has approved a credit guarantee of 125 million US dollars for the West African Gas Pipeline Project (WAGP), official sources said in Cotonou Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS capacity building programme, RECAMP, holds in Benin
    24 november 2004 15:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- About 1,500 military personnel from ECOWAS member states will gather in Cotonou, Benin, next week for the fourth cycle of RECAMP IV, the French-sponsored programme aimed at improving the capacity of the regional forces in the management of crises, ECOWAS officials said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Accredits Danish Ambassador
    23 november 2004 15:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has accredited Ambassador Mette Knudsen as Denmark's permanent representative to the regional bloc. Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails Ivorian cabinet meeting
    20 november 2004 11:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has hailed Thursday's meeting of the Ivorian cabinet as a "positive signal" for the country's wobbly peace process. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, France sign 1.7 million euros agreement
    16 november 2004 15:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- France is to provide the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 1. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, EU condemn violence in Cote d'Ivoire
    09 november 2004 11:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU) have jointly condemned the recent violence in Cote d'Ivoire that caused the death of both civilians and members of the peacekeeping forces. Full text...

  • ECOWAS warns violence could erode confidence in Liberia
    06 november 2004 15:50:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- ECOWAS chief peace mediator in the Liberian conflict, ex-Nigerian head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar, Saturday warned Liberians that continued violence in the country could "erode the confidence of the international community. Full text...

  • Liberian peace mediator condemns sectarian violence
    31 october 2004 16:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS mediator for the Liberian peace process, retired Nigerian Army General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Sunday condemned the recent religious violence in Liberia, which left seven people dead and several churches and mosques razed. Full text...

  • ECOWAS boss proposes cross-border institutions to boost integration
    27 october 2004 22:05:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said in Abuja Wednesday the 15-nation community was proposing the establishment of trans-border institutions to strengthen its integration programme. Full text...

  • ECOWAS plans arms control unit
    26 october 2004 13:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to establish a Small Arms Unit (SAU) within its Secretariat in Abuja this year to coordinate the new COWAS Small Arms Control Programme (ECOSAP), according to Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to set up small arms project
    23 october 2004 14:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to set up the ECOWAS Small Arms Project (ECOSAP) in a renewed effort to stem the flow of illegal small arms and light weapons into the region. Full text...

  • Lack of progress in Ivorian peace process worries ECOWAS
    21 october 2004 18:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed concern over the lack of progress in the Ivorian peace process. Full text...

  • International monitoring group suggests way out of Ivorian impasse
    19 october 2004 18:19:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- With the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire still mired in a stalemate, the international monitoring group has urged the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and West African leaders to press President Laurent Gbagbo to work on the passage of key reform legislation. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to bail out troubled Guinea Bissau
    14 october 2004 21:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An ECOWAS delegation is expected in Guinea Bissau Friday with a financial donation to help the government meet some of the country's urgent needs, an ECOWAS statement said Thursday. Full text...

  • Soccer fans against Gambia's withdrawal from WAFU competition
    13 october 2004 20:08:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian soccer fans Wednesday rejected the decision by Gabbi Sosseh, President of the Gambia Football Association (GFA), to withdraw the country from the ongoing West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup competition. Full text...

  • Russia offers to train ECOWAS troops for peacekeeping operations
    12 october 2004 21:19:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Visiting Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Yuri Fedotov, Tuesday offered Russia's assistance in training military observers for peacekeeping missions within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • ECOWAS warns mutineers in Guinea-Bissau
    11 october 2004 18:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has warned that the regional bloc as well as the African Union (AU) will not recognise any government formed in Guinea-Bissau either through a military coup or an unconstitutional change of government. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, CPLP officials due in Bissau
    07 october 2004 15:50:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Delegations of the Community of Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), were being expected Thursday in Guinea Bissau where a group of army mutineers was still holding some commanders hostage, Defence Ministry sources said. Full text...

  • Ministers adopt revised Master Plan on ECOWAS Power Pool Project
    06 october 2004 16:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Energy Ministers have ended a one-day meeting in Dakar, Senegal with the adoption of two resolutions, one of which authorised the creation of a Regional energy Regulatory Development Office for West Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS team to discuss regional standby force at G-8 meeting
    04 october 2004 19:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A five-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) delegation leaves for Washington, DC, Tuesday to attend an experts level meeting of the G-8, during which it would present the vision and structure of the regional standby force. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Energy Ministers review regional Power Pool Project
    04 october 2004 06:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Energy Ministers meet in Dakar Tuesday to review progress on the regional Power Pool project since their 5th session, also held in the Senegalese capital last year. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Military Chiefs Get Pledges For Rapid Response Unit
    30 september 2004 19:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) military chiefs ended a two-day meeting here with pledges from member countries to support the proposed Rapid Response Unit that would quickly snuff out conflicts in the region before they explode into full-scale wars. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence Chiefs discuss stand-by force
    29 september 2004 13:50:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West African military chiefs opened a two- day meeting here Wednesday with a call on them to come up with "a crucial and firm pledge of forces" to back the concept of a stand-by force for the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS experts to review work on regional power pool
    24 september 2004 17:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member nations and consultants meet in Dakar, Senegal Monday to review progress on the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), an ECOWAS statement said Friday. Full text...

  • Transport ministers of Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso meet
    23 september 2004 20:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Transport ministers from Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso are meeting in Accra to review the status of the implementation of the proposed Community Roads Programme of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) expected to create a road transport corridor from Tema through Ouagadougou to Bamako to facilitate trade links. Full text...

  • West Africa Gas Pipeline Project to take-off November
    23 september 2004 19:36:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The construction phase of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) project is to begin in November, Ghanaian Energy Minister Paa Kwesi Ndoum said in Accra Thursday. Full text...

  • 9th ECOWAS Nutrition Forum Opens in Cotonou
    20 september 2004 17:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The 9th annual forum of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nutrition network opened here Monday with Benin's health minister Céline Kandisounon urging participants to strategize on nutritional support for people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • ECOWAS court may try Charles Taylor
    16 september 2004 21:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS court signalled its readiness Thursday to try former Liberian President Charles Taylor, now exiled in Nigeria, should any Liberian or any national of the sub-region file application on his role in the conflict in Liberia and elsewhere in West Africa. Full text...

  • Beijing gives ECOWAS equipment worth $123,000
    16 september 2004 11:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- China has presented various electronic items valued at $123,000 to ECOWAS to support its peacekeeping missions, ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja said in a statement. Full text...

  • Gambian authorities crack down on illegal aliens
    13 september 2004 20:47:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian immigration operatives swung into action Monday rounding up illegal aliens countrywide. Full text...

  • Dakar hosts anti-smoking sensitisation meeting
    08 september 2004 14:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Participants from 15 countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mauritania as well as World Health Organisation (WHO) experts are convening a four-day sensitisation meeting here on the WHO Framework Convention against smoking. Full text...

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