Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • Civil society vital for democracy, says ECOWAS official
    24 april 2006 21:57:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – The Deputy Executive Secre-tary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Man M. Full text...

  • Nigeria, ECOWAS seek to remove obstacles to free movement
    24 april 2006 21:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Worried by the continued obstacles to the full implementation of the protocol on free movement of people, goods and services within the sub-region, Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officials Monday started a three-day sensitisation field mission to relevant government agencies in Lagos. Full text...

  • Officials to draft African standby forces SOP
    23 april 2006 14:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Officials from the regions of Africa will convene Monday in the Nigerian capital Abuja for a five-day workshop to consider the draft Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the African Standby Force (ASF), ECOWAS officials said. Full text...

  • Experts endorse code of conduct for ECOWAS forces
    23 april 2006 11:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Experts drawn mostly from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations and NGOs have approved the draft code for personnel of Armed Forces and Security Services in the region, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS workshop for civil society opens in Banjul
    21 april 2006 15:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A six-day workshop to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations' members in West Africa will open on Monday in Banjul, The Gambia, an ECOWAS statement said Friday. Full text...

  • India extends US$250m credit line to ECOWAS
    13 april 2006 11:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Government of India has given a US$250 million line of credit to the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) for on lending to boost economic development in West Africa, as part of measures to strengthen relations with ECOWAS, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS trade ministers agree on conditions for EPA II
    13 april 2006 10:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Trade Ministers have rounded off a one-day appraisal meeting on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union with an agreement on pre-conditions to be fulfilled before the beginning of the second phase of the negotiations. Full text...

  • ECOWAS trade ministers to meet on EU-ACP trade negotiations
    09 april 2006 15:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Trade Ministers are to meet in Abuja Monday to evaluate negotiations with the European Union (EU) under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Full text...

  • Abuja hosts workshop on ECOWAS standby force Monday
    02 april 2006 14:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The structure, equipment and training requirements for the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) will be finalised during a two-day force generation workshop, which opens Monday in Abuja, a statement from the ECOWAS Secretariat said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS expresses relief at Taylor's arrest
    29 march 2006 16:40:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Wednesday expressed relief at the news of the apprehension of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who had disappeared from his exile home in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Regional workshop on violence against women opens in Abuja
    28 march 2006 14:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A regional workshop to develop a framework for combating violence against women in West Africa is underway at the ECOWAS Executive Secretariat in Abuja. Full text...

  • ECOWAS plans US$50 billion project to boost energy access
    26 march 2006 14:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) – To arrest the energy short-fall considered as a major drawback to economic development and regional integration, the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans a US$50 billion-project to boost access to modern energy services for its 234 million people, an official has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS' partners grant it capacity building funds
    23 march 2006 11:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three ECOWAS partners have contributed about US$4 million to a pool fund to support the capacity building programmes of the regional organisation, Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS energy, finance officials meet in Dakar next week
    18 march 2006 10:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Officials of ECOWAS energy and finance ministries are to begin a five-day UNDP-sponsored workshop here Monday as part of a joint approach towards the adoption of a regional policy for increasing access to energy services for people in rural and peri-urban populations. Full text...

  • Experts meeting endorse draft ECOWAS small arms convention
    13 march 2006 10:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Independent experts from Africa, Europe and the US have endorsed the draft ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons after a two-day review meeting held at the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • Chambas hails Yamoussoukro talks, prods Ivorian leaders on peace process
    12 march 2006 11:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has urged Ivorian political leaders to seize the momentum of the recent ground-breaking peace talks in Yamoussoukro to fast-track the peace process in the divided country. Full text...

  • Experts examine draft ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms
    09 march 2006 18:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A two-day meeting of experts to review the draft ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons opened Thursday at the ECOWAS Executive Secretariat in Abuja. Full text...

  • EU signs 69 billion FCFA for integration in Africa
    08 march 2006 23:35:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The European Union and the leaders of West-African integration organisations on Wednesday signed a financial pact worth about 69 billion F CFA with to support the integration of West African countries. Full text...

  • Senior ECOWAS official's funeral in Togo
    08 march 2006 10:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The funeral of ECOWAS Director of Political Affairs, Abou Yacoubou, aged 54, will be held on Wednesday in Togo, the regional organisation has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers hail Benin polls
    07 march 2006 19:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have hailed the 5 March presidential elections in Benin as peaceful, transparent and credible, the ECOWAS Secretariat said Tuesday, quoting a report from its observer mission. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military chiefs satisfied with regional security
    07 march 2006 18:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS military chiefs have expressed satisfaction with the improved security situation in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers in Benin for Sunday's presidential poll
    03 march 2006 16:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Observers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), led by Togo's Bitokotipou Yagninim, have arrived in Cotonou to monitor Sunday's presidential poll in Benin, sources close to the Independent National Electoral Commission, CENA, said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence chiefs to meet in Niamey
    24 february 2006 19:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff will meet in Niamey, Niger, next week to consider the status of implementation of the roadmap for the creation of regional standby force (ESF), an ECOWAS statement said Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS proposes West African anti-Avian Flu fund
    23 february 2006 20:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A sub-regional ministerial conference convened to formulate measures to combat bird flu in West Africa ended in Dakar Thursday with a proposal to create an emergency sub-regional intervention fund to curb the disease. Full text...

  • Mali army colonel replaces late compatriot in ECOWAS
    21 february 2006 15:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Colonel Mahamane Toure of Mali has assumed duty as the new ECOWAS Deputy Executive Secretary for Political Affairs, Defence and Security, an ECOWAS statement said in the Nigerian capital Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sets up panel on bird flu
    18 february 2006 17:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has established an emergency committee to assist countries in the sub-region to contain the bird flu epidemic that has broken out in Nigeria and to stop the spread of the virus to neighbouring countries, an ECOWAS statement said in Abuja at the weekend. Full text...

  • Ukraine envoy to Nigeria accredited to ECOWAS
    17 february 2006 21:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Ukrainian ambassador to Nigeria, Oleg Skoropad, has been accredited as his country's Permanent Representative to ECOWAS by the organisation's Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UN to collaborate on humanitarian issues
    14 february 2006 20:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas Tuesday held talks with UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordination, Jan Egeland, on collaboration on humanitarian issues in West Africa, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • India urged to support ECOWAS railway project
    04 february 2006 18:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has urged India to participate in the implementation of projects under the regional railway Master Plan for West Africa, part of ECOWAS' infrastructural development programme. Full text...

  • Sweden lifts ECOWAS with 3 million Euro
    03 february 2006 20:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Sweden has pledged about three million Euro to support ECOWAS in capacity building, conflict prevention and management, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS boss hails change of Secretariat to Commission
    02 february 2006 19:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said Thursday the transformation of the ECOWAS Executive Secretariat into a Commission, would make the organisation more dynamic and effective in discharging core functions. Full text...

  • GIABA gets mandate to fight terror financing in Africa
    26 january 2006 11:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegal-based Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering (GIABA), an agency of the 15-nation ECOWAS, has pledged to use its new mandate to nip the financing of terrorism in the bud before the trans-national crime takes root in the sub-region. Full text...

  • GIABA vows to use expanded mandate to combat terror financing
    24 january 2006 09:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegal-based Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering (GIABA), an agency of the 15-nation ECOWAS, has pledged to use its expanded mandate to nip the financing of terrorism in the bud before the trans- national crime takes root in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Leaders change ECOWAS Secretariat to Commission
    12 january 2006 22:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 29th ECOWAS Summit, held Thursday in Niamey, has approved the transformation of the ECOWAS Executive Secretariat into a Commission and renewed the mandate of Mohamed Ibn Chambas as the Executive Secretary, according to a statement from the 15-member bloc. Full text...

  • Obasanjo wants ECOWAS to respect decisions
    12 january 2006 13:47:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The 29th summit of ECOWAS opened in Niamey, Niger, Thursday with Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo appealing to ECOWAS member states to respect decisions reached by the authority. Full text...

  • West African private sector to create Business Council
    11 january 2006 17:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Leaders of West African private sector have set up a working group to facilitate the creation of a Business Council for the region, an ECOWAS statement said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS summit holds in Niamey 12 January
    05 january 2006 16:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 29th Summit of Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will convene 12 January in Niamey, Niger 12 January, the economic bloc's Secretariat has said. Full text...

  • Niger hosts ECOWAS annual summit 12 January
    04 january 2006 21:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The possible re-appointment of Mohammed Ibn Chambas for a second four-year term as ECOWAS Executive Secretary and proposals for the transformation of Executive Secretariat into a Commission to accelerate the integration process are some of the key issues for discussion at the community's 29th Summit in Niamey, Niger 12 January, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to strengthen early warning, preventive diplomacy
    21 december 2005 21:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS is to strengthen its operational capacity for early warning and preventive diplomacy in 2006 towards consolidating regional peace, according to the Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. Full text...

  • Leader worried of problems facing Mauritanians in ECOWAS
    21 december 2005 19:45:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The chairman of Mauritania's ruling Military Council for Justice and Democracy, Colonel Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, has pledged to identify and solve problems his countrymen are facing while travelling or living within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Abubakar receives Liberia's national honour, sues for lasting peace
    20 december 2005 18:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The ECOWAS mediator for the Liberian peace process, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has urged citizens of the war-torn country to make the August 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement the last one for the consolidation of stability. Full text...

  • ECOWAS pushes harmonisation of hotel services to boost tourism
    15 december 2005 19:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 50 hotel inspectors from ECOWAS Member States are attending a four-day train-the-trainers workshop, in Abuja, as part of measures to harmonise hotel services and standards in the region, an ECOWAS statement said Thursday. Full text...

  • Liberia to honour ex-Nigerian leader for peace role
    14 december 2005 21:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Liberia's National Transitional Government is to honour Nigerian former leader Abdulsalami Abubakar, the ECOWAS Mediator on Liberia, for helping to bring peace to the war-ravaged country, ECOWAS sources told PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS boss condoles Nigeria over plane crash
    13 december 2005 21:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has condoled Nigeria over Saturday's plane crash in Port Harcourt in which 107 persons died, an ECOWAS statement said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana chief justice nudges harmonised judicial system in ECOWAS
    24 november 2005 18:19:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Chief Justice George Kingsley Acquah Thursday opened a two-day conference of chief justices in the West African sub-region calling on member states to cooperate in judicial and legal matters, with a view to harmonising their judicial and legal systems. Full text...

  • Canada announces US$5m grant to ECOWAS
    21 november 2005 20:22:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Canada Monday announced a grant of about 4. Full text...

  • ECOWAS launches 'peace fund' Tuesday
    21 november 2005 15:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will Tuesday launch its Peace Fund at the regional bloc's headquarters in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, the organisation said in a statement. Full text...

  • ECOWAS accredits two ambassadors
    19 november 2005 19:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has accredited two Ambassadors from India and Morocco as their countries' permanent representatives to the West African sub-regional bloc, an ECOWAS statement said at the weekend. Full text...

  • Switzerland provides $30,000 for small arms project
    17 november 2005 19:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Switzerland has provided $30,000 to support a project for the transformation of the ECOWAS Moratorium on the Exportation, Importation and Manufacture of Light Weapons into a Convention, an ECOWAS statement said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, Portugal sign accord on language centre
    16 november 2005 12:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Portugal have signed an agreement to set up a Portuguese language centre at the executive secretariat of the regional bloc in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

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