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  • Monitoring mechanism in latest Ivorian peace deal - ECOWAS
    04 august 2004 14:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The latest accord reached by parties to the Ivorian conflict have a monitoring mechanism to keep track of its implementation, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks debt cancellation for member states
    04 august 2004 12:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to consider cancelling the debts of West African states, many of which are affected by conflicts in the region. Full text...

  • West African trade experts meet in Accra
    03 august 2004 19:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West African trade experts began a meeting Tuesday in Accra to fine-tune the draft final roadmap for negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the sub-region and the European Union. Full text...

  • Kufuor opens African summit on Ivorian crisis
    29 july 2004 20:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A summit of African leaders opened in Accra Thursday on the Ivorian crisis with a call on all parties to the conflict to forge a consensus on the Linas-Marcousis peace accord. Full text...

  • Sudan may figure at Accra Summit
    28 july 2004 20:08:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian officials could not confirm press reports Wednesday that the crisis in Sudan's western region of Darfur would be discussed at Thursday's summit by African leaders. Full text...

  • Bryant for Liberian peace meeting in Accra
    28 july 2004 18:43:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian interim President Gyude Bryant was due to travel to Accra Wednesday for a meeting on the Liberian peace process being hosted by ECOWAS Chairman and Ghanaian President John Kufuor. Full text...

  • ECOWAS countries urged to remove trade barriers
    27 july 2004 21:30:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Regional Co-operation and NEPAD Minister Kofi Konadu Apraku, has called on ECOWAS member nations to remove tariff and non-tariff barriers to promote trade in the sub-region. Full text...

  • West Africa leaders to meet in Bamako ahead Accra summit
    26 july 2004 19:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Presidents Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire are expected to meet their Malian counterpart Amadou Toumani Toure in Bamako Tuesday ahead of the Accra (Ghana) summit slated for Thursday on the Ivorian crisis, official sources said in the Malian capital Monday. Full text...

  • New ECOWAS arms control convention suggested
    24 july 2004 16:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Representatives of civil society organisations have ended a three-day regional workshop in Dakar, Senegal on arms trade, with a decision to work on a draft convention for the control of weapons within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • ECOWAS MPs assess transport sector in sub-region
    23 july 2004 09:29:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Transport and Communication Commission of the ECOWAS Parliament is holding a five-day session here on issues related to maritime and road transports in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks smoother financing of programmes
    20 july 2004 08:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- To ensure the smooth financing of the integration programmes of ECOWAS, the Council of Ministers has urged Member States to ensure strict application of the provisions of the Protocol on the Community Levy. Full text...

  • Council of Ministers expand powers of ECOWAS Court
    20 july 2004 07:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has expanded the powers of its Community Court of Justice to allow individuals and corporate organisations direct access to the court, as well as enable it to adjudicate on issues related to the violation of human rights. Full text...

  • Ghanaian minister makes case for ECOWAS community levy
    16 july 2004 17:40:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ghana's Minister of Regional Cooperation and NEPAD, Kofi Konadu Apraku, has said the issue of Community Levy cannot be seen as a separate issue in the effective implementation of ECOWAS programmes and projects. Full text...

  • Ghana House reconstitutes delegation to ECOWAS Parliament
    16 july 2004 17:35:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana parliament Friday approved with immediate effect the reconstitution of its eight-member delegation to the ECOWAS parliament. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Ministers meet in Abuja
    16 july 2004 16:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said Friday that significant progress had been made in the implementation of all programmes of the community in line with the NEPAD objectives in spite of a few inhibiting factors. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Ministers meet in Nigeria
    15 july 2004 16:53:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The status of implementation of the full regime of the ECOWAS community levy and issues relating to the trade liberalisation scheme will top discussions as the 52nd session of the ECOWAS council of ministers open in Abuja Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to strengthen capacity for peacekeeping
    14 july 2004 11:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS is to boost its mission planning and management cell with officers from Member States to improve its capacity to plan peacekeeping missions and manage disasters, the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja said in a statement. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UNICEF to collaborate in polio fight
    14 july 2004 10:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has pledged to collaborate with UNICEF in a campaign to eradicate polio in West Africa and some neighbouring countries, an ECOWAS statement from Abuja said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Chambas thanks supporters of ECOWAS peace initiatives
    03 july 2004 19:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- West African countries emerging from devastative conflicts should build upon the positive international response to their plight and step up mediation efforts, respect peace agreements and deepen their democratic processes, ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said here Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediation council meets in Addis Ababa
    03 july 2004 15:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council will convene its 12th ministerial meeting here Sunday to assess the security situation in member countries Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condoles UN over chopper crash
    30 june 2004 16:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Wednesday expressed "shock, disbelief and sadness" at the loss of lives in Tuesday's UN helicopter crash in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Four countries to review ECOWAS protocol
    29 june 2004 21:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Four West African countries have agreed to review the implementation of the ECOWAS protocol on free movement of goods and persons within the Abidjan-Lagos corridor by the end of this year. Full text...

  • UN Security Council delegation meets Kufuor
    22 june 2004 18:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President and chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) John Kufuor expressed the hope Tuesday that the sub-region could continue to rely on the UN to maintain peace. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders agree measures to revive Ivorian peace process
    20 june 2004 22:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- After a two-hour closed-door mini-summit Sunday night in Abuja, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said ECOWAS leaders had taken "key decisions" to break the deadlock in the implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis agreement on the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mini-summit on Ivorian crisis now for 20 June
    18 june 2004 21:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANAS) -- The postponed ECOWAS mini-summit on the Ivorian conflict will now take place in the Nigerian capital, Abuja Sunday, ECOWAS Director of Communications Adrienne Diop said Thursday. Full text...

  • Conflict resolution remains ECOWAS strong point
    18 june 2004 16:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The decision by some member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene in Liberia in 1990, though not with the blessing of all members, has changed the perception of the organisation within and outside the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military chiefs meet in Nigeria
    17 june 2004 14:36:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ninth session of the ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission has opened in Abuja, Nigeria amid a worrying scenario of West Africa being the only sub-region with three simultaneous UN peacekeeping missions in the world. Full text...

  • Disparities delay single ECOWAS currency
    16 june 2004 23:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The governor of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), Charles Konan Banny regretted Wednesday in Dakar that there were insufficient breakthroughs recorded in the necessary convergence of ECOWAS economies as the deadline approaches for the coming into being of a single currency for the sub-region. Full text...

  • Gambian Minister urges support for ECOWAS integration programmes
    15 june 2004 17:46:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian Secretary of State (Minister) for Trade, Industry and Employment, Edward Singhateh, Tuesday called for greater support for ECOWAS integration process. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Elders meets in Accra
    14 june 2004 16:00:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Council of Elders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began a two-day workshop in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, Monday on the election observation within the sub-region The meeting is to examine new trends in electoral matters, discuss lessons from past electoral observation missions in West Africa, one of the most troubled regions on the continent, which has seen two bloody and brutal conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Elders to meet in Accra
    13 june 2004 15:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Council of Elders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Council of Elders plans to convene a two-day meeting in Accra beginning Monday to discuss role of the regional body in election observation. Full text...

  • ECOWAS postpones summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    13 june 2004 15:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A mini-summit of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), slated for the Nigerian capital city of Abuja 14 June to discuss the worsening situation in Cote d'Ivoire, has been postponed indefinitely, ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS security chiefs to meet in Abuja
    12 june 2004 16:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African military chiefs are expected to converge in the Nigerian capital Abuja from next Wednesday for a four-day meeting of the ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission. Full text...

  • ECOWAS applying pressure to end Ivorian crisis
    11 june 2004 15:38:00
    Savannah- US (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its international partners are mounting pressure on parties to the conflict in Cote d'Ivoire to end the nearly two-year-old crisis in the country, Ghanaian President and ECOWAS chair, John Kufuor has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS worried by situation in Cote d'Ivoire
    09 june 2004 20:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed "grave concern" about renewed violence in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediator hinges Liberian poll on security
    08 june 2004 18:39:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- ECOWAS Chief facilitator of the Liberian peace process, former Nigerian leader Abdulsalami Abubakar said in Monrovia Tuesday that elections would only be held in Liberia as planned in 2005 if there was security. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to hold mini-summit in Abuja on Ivorian crisis
    04 june 2004 15:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has fixed a mini-summit for 14 June in Abuja to help resolve the impasse on the implementation of the Iovrian peace agreement, ECOWAS sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Benin contingent ends peace mission in Liberia
    03 june 2004 22:28:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's 253-strong peacekeeping contingent has ended its mission to Liberia, the army said in Cotonou Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediator due in Liberia over elections
    02 june 2004 15:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Mediator for the Liberian peace process, Abdulsalami Abubakar, is due in Liberia Sunday to continue consultations in preparation for the 2005 elections, ECOWAS officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN offers helping hand to ECOWAS on political transition
    31 may 2004 14:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The United Nations has offered to assist the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to resolve the problem facing some member states in their political transition programmes. Full text...

  • ECOWAS marks 29th anniversary in style
    29 may 2004 14:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Widely-acclaimed for its peace making role and efforts to integrate a region of some 230 million citizens, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is celebrating its 29th anniversary with a mixture of chest-beating for its achievements and reflection on the tough challenges ahead. Full text...

  • Nigeria hosts seminar on international peacekeeping
    29 may 2004 12:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Top military, security and diplomatic personnel involved in peacekeeping and peace enforcement around the world will Monday in Abuja begin a five-day international seminar on the challenges of peace operations in the 21st century. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UN to strengthen collaboration on regional security
    28 may 2004 19:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first high-level meeting between ECOWAS and the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) comes up Monday in Abuja, Nigeria, on the strengthening of co-operation between the two organisations in propping sub-regional peace and security. Full text...

  • Conakry to host Mano River Union summit
    19 may 2004 18:36:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Presidents Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone, Gyude Bryant of Liberia, Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire and Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali, are expected to attend a Mano River Union summit slated for Conakry Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS early warning system workshop for Ghana
    16 may 2004 11:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A five-day regional training and consultative workshop to improve the effectiveness of the early warning system of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conflict management mechanism opens in Ghana on Monday, an ECOWAS statement has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS interconnects national units to boost integration
    15 may 2004 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has launched a programme to interconnect all units responsible for community affairs in member States into a computer network, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • Five ECOWAS countries to adopt ECO currency in 2005
    10 may 2004 20:19:00
    Accra- Ghana(PANA) -- Five ECOWAS countries are to adopt the "ECO" currency as a common legal tender by 1 July 2005, a Ghanaian official said Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UEMOA sign cooperation agreement
    08 may 2004 15:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) have signed a general cooperation agreement to enhance the coordination and harmonisation of their programmes. Full text...

  • 2004 critical for ECOWAS 2nd monetary zone - Chambas
    06 may 2004 19:42:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has described 2004 as a very critical year for the community's second monetary zone project. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament resumes session in Abuja
    06 may 2004 15:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The first session of the ECOWAS Parliament for 2004 opened in Abuja Thursday, with Speaker Ali Nouhoum Diallo promising to take the institution closer to the people of the sub-region by encouraging more committees to hold their meetings outside the headquarters. Full text...

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