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

  • EU, ECOWAS pledge control small arms
    06 september 2004 12:42:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) stressed Monday in Brussels their commitment to jointly fight the proliferation of small arms in West Africa, an official source affirmed here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders call for stronger microeconomic policies
    03 september 2004 15:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS Second Monetary Zone Friday called on member states to intensify their efforts aimed at strengthening macroeconomic and structural policy reforms, in order to enhance their compliance with the convergence criteria. Full text...

  • ECOWAS 2nd monetary zone summit holds September in Conakry
    31 august 2004 10:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A summit of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS Second Monetary Zone, to review the implementation of the convergence criteria in the countries of the zone, will take place in Conakry, Guinea 3 September, an ECOWAS statement has said. Full text...

  • Expert blames poverty in West Africa on zero economic growth
    11 august 2004 17:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An economic expert has blamed the poor standard of living in West African countries on lack of economic growth, inappropriate policies and lack of political will by leaders in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Regional bank grants Cape Verde 2.9 million euro loan
    05 august 2004 10:35:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Regional Development Fund, a subsidiary of the Investment and Development Bank of the Economic Community of West African States has approved a loan of 2. Full text...

  • 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...

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