Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • ECOWAS to send condolence team to Mali
    26 october 2005 20:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohammed Ibn Chambas is to lead a delegation of the sub-regional organisation to Mali this weekend to condole with the family of Cheick Oumar Diarra, one of the three ECOWAS officials who died in Saturday's private Bellview airline's plane crash that killed all 117 people on board near Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos. Full text...

  • ECOWAS fair exhibitors seek waivers on goods restriction
    26 october 2005 15:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- To achieve full socio-economic integration of the West African sub region, all barriers to free movements of people, goods and services need to be removed, according to participants at the ongoing ECOWAS Trade Fair in the Nigerian commercial city of Lagos. Full text...

  • ECOWAS loses 2 staffers, 1 consultant in Nigerian crash
    24 october 2005 13:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two senior staffers at the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja and one expatriate consultant with the organisation have been confirmed dead in the Bellview plane crash in Nigeria Saturday night. Full text...

  • Activities pick up at ECOWAS trade fair
    23 october 2005 10:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Activities have picked up as the fourth ECOWAS Trade Fair holding in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos entered its second day on Sunday. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau mediation summit ends without statement
    21 october 2005 22:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, the current African Union chairman, Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal), Guinea Bissau's newly installed leader, Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira and his challenger in the 24 July presidential election, Malam Becai Sanha, concluded a daylong summit here Friday without issuing a final declaration. Full text...

  • Four West African heads of state meet in Dakar
    21 october 2005 19:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Presidents Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Yaya Jammeh of Gambia, Joao Bernado Vieira of Guinea-Bissau began meeting Friday in Dakar behind closed doors, devoted to the political crisis in Guinea- Bissau and the disagreement between Senegal and Gambia. Full text...

  • Nigeria implements ECOWAS common external tariff
    07 october 2005 12:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has introduced a new tariff structure with effect from 1 October, as it begins the implementation of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET), according to Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Full text...

  • ECOWAS works to ensure transparent elections in Liberia
    06 october 2005 20:30:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- ECOWAS chief mediator in the Liberian peace process, former Nigerian leader, General Abdulsalami Abubakar says the international community was "doing everything to ensure that presidential and legislative elections in Liberia on 11 October are free, fair and transparent". Full text...

  • ECOWAS pondering sub-regional airline project
    06 october 2005 15:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is planning to set up a sub-regional airline company to facilitate the free movement of people and goods among its 15-member States, a source said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana camps team for WAFU/ECOWAS tourney in Abuja
    05 october 2005 19:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana Football Association has invited 24 players to camp to prepare for the forthcoming West African Football Union (WAFU)/Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 30th anniversary tournament scheduled in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • The Netherlands promises support for ECOWAS Standby Force
    05 october 2005 13:03:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende Wednesday pledged his country's strong support for the planned ECOWAS Standby Force. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Mediator due in Liberia Wednesday
    04 october 2005 11:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Mediator on the Liberian peace process, Nigerian former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar is expected in Monrovia Wednesday ahead of the country's presidential and legislative elections, scheduled for 11 October, an ECOWAS statement said Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, Netherlands to strengthen ties
    02 october 2005 17:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands is expected to visit the ECOWAS Secretariat in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Monday in an effort to strengthen relations between his country and the sub-regional organisation. Full text...

  • ECOWAS welcomes development in Guinea Bissau, prods Liberians on poll
    30 september 2005 23:24:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders Friday welcomed the progress made by the political class in Guinea Bissau towards reconciliation leading up to the planned inauguration of President-elect Joao Bernardo Vieira Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS wades into Gambia-Senegal maritime border dispute
    30 september 2005 22:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Friday mandated Nigerian President and African Union (AU) chairman, Olusegun Obasanjo "to use his good offices to work for the normalisation of the relations" between neighbouring Gambia and Senegal, locked in a maritime dispute. Full text...

  • ECOWAS commends Mbeki, refers Ivorian crisis to AU Security Council
    30 september 2005 22:44:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders ended a one-day extra-ordinary summit in Abuja Friday with a resolution referring the stalled Ivorian peace process to the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, scheduled to meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 6 October. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders discuss crisis in Cote d'Ivoire
    30 september 2005 12:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- An extra-ordinary summit of ECOWAS leaders has opened in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja to deliberate on the lingering crisis in Cote d'Ivoire as well as the situation in the Gambia River basin, involving The Gambia and Senegal. Full text...

  • ECOWAS summit to discuss Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia-Senegal issues
    28 september 2005 20:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 30 September ECOWAS extra-ordinary summit in the Nigerian capital Abuja, will discuss the political developments in the region, including the political situation in Cote d'Ivoire and the Gambia River Basin, involving The Gambia and Senegal, an ECOWAS statement said Wednesday. Full text...

  • 400 Sierra Leone soldiers to join ECOWAS stand-by force
    23 september 2005 20:10:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Some 400 Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) soldiers will soon leave for Nigeria to join the envisaged ECOWAS peace keeping force. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to table Ivorian crisis at summit
    22 september 2005 11:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has scheduled an extra- ordinary summit for the Nigerian capital Abuja on 30 September to discuss Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • ECOWAS discusses youth issues at Ouaga forum
    21 september 2005 08:26:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- ECOWAS experts in youth and sports issues are meeting in Ouagadougou to discuss ways and means of solving problems young people are facing in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Conference on food situation in West Africa opens in Ghana
    20 september 2005 18:26:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Second Regional Outlook Conference on Agriculture and Food Trade Opportunities in the Sahel and West Africa opened in the Ghanaian capital Tuesday. Full text...

  • Bad roads hamper repatriation of Liberian refugees
    08 september 2005 09:32:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's bad roads have "temporarily stalled" the repatriation of thousands of its refugees from neighbouring Sierra Leone, Guinea Conakry and Cote d'Ivoire, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS central bank governors to meet in Accra
    30 august 2005 14:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Central Bank governors of ECOWAS member countries are to converge on Accra Wednesday (31 Aug) for the 15th meeting of the Committee of Governors (COG) to deliberate on plans to achieve macro-economic convergence criteria for the creation of a single currency in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers approve cultural programme
    26 august 2005 14:03:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS ministers of culture Friday approved a regional cultural programme to strengthen and encourage cultural exchanges and interfaces among member states. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers of culture to meet Abuja
    24 august 2005 20:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Ministers of Culture are billed to meet at the Community Secretariat in Abuja Friday to deliberate on the creation of the regional cultural fund, among other issues, an ECOWAS statement said Wednesday. Full text...

  • West Africa strategic health plan for review in Dakar
    24 august 2005 16:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The West African Health Organisation (WAHO)'s annual ministerial meeting planned for 7-12 November in Dakar, Senegal will undertake a mid-term review of the 2003-2007 Strategic health Plan for the sub-region, Kabba Joiner, Director General of the 15-nation group said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Guinea starts issuance of ECOWAS passports
    22 august 2005 20:39:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean security minister, Ousmane Camara, on Monday officially launched the issuing of 600,000 passports of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • ECOWAS congratulates Guinea Bissau's Vieira on poll victory
    11 august 2005 19:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has congratulated Joao "Nino" Bernado Vieira on his election as Guinea Bissau President. Full text...

  • ECOWAS donates one million dollars to Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso
    05 august 2005 19:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Friday donated 300 million CFA francs (about 600,000 US dollars) to the government of Niger to help alleviate the drought and locust-induced food crisis in that country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS threatens sanctions against Guinea Bissau politicians
    03 august 2005 22:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Sub-regional grouping, ECOWAS warned Wednesday it would advocate the imposition of sanctions by the international community against any individual seen to be acting in an undemocratic manner in Guinea Bissau. Full text...

  • Chambas seeks greater cooperation between ECOWAS, US
    01 august 2005 15:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas Monday called for a greater cooperation between the United States government and ECOWAS. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to assist Niger, others with $1 million
    01 august 2005 14:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS is to provide $1 million to Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali to help alleviate the food crises in the member nations, Executive Secretary of the community, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, announced Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone elects members to ECOWAS parliament
    25 july 2005 21:14:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Parliament in Sierra Leone has elected five members to represent the country in the ECOWAS Parliament based in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministerial delegation returns to Guinea Bissau
    22 july 2005 16:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A high-level ECOWAS delegation, led by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Aichatou Mindaoudou, is due in Guinea Bissau Friday for the second round of the country's presidential election on Sunday, an ECOWAS statement said Friday. Full text...

  • IGC identifies ways to affirm peace in Mano River Basin
    21 july 2005 12:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The International Contact Group (ICG) on the Mano River Basin (MRB) has called for adequate financing of disarmament, demobilisation and rehabilitation (DDR) of former combatants and tackling of youth unemployment to ensure lasting peace and stability in the area's five countries. Full text...

  • Oxfam nudges ECOWAS on Niger food crisis
    20 july 2005 19:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- International relief agency Oxfam, has urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to assist people in desperate need of food in the Sahel region, especially in Mali and Niger, which are members of the 15-nation Community. Full text...

  • Take advantage of ECOWAS' new plan - Official
    19 july 2005 21:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese business should take advantage of ECOWAS's new plan to promote the free movement of goods originating from within the community, advised the assistant executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mame Cor Sene, on Tuesday here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns attacks in Guinea Bissau
    17 july 2005 13:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has strongly condemned the attack on the presidential palace, interior ministry and marine base in Guinea Bissau that led to the loss of lives on Saturday, an ECOWAS statement said on Sunday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS begins sensitisation days Tuesday in Dakar
    15 july 2005 22:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) chose Senegal this year to organise its 'information and sensitisation" days falling 19-21 July, aimed at making people in the subregion become better aware of its objectives, achievements, programmes and projects. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges Ivorians to respect disarmament timetable
    15 july 2005 15:01:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The 13th session of the ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission ended in Yamoussoukro, Thursday with a call on the Ivorian Defence and Security Forces (FDS) and the New Forces Armed Forces (FAFN), the armed wing of the ex-rebel movement, to respect the disarmament timetable adopted 9 July. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sets criteria for stand-by force personnel
    14 july 2005 23:40:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Chiefs of staff from the armed forces of 15 countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday in Yamoussoukro, 421 km from Abidjan approved the criteria of selecting personnel for the headquarters of the sub-region's proposed stand-by force. Full text...

  • ECOWAS inaugurates panel on Liberia's reconciliation commission
    14 july 2005 22:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A seven-member panel, with responsibility to vet members of Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), was inaugurated Thursday by the Mediator for the Liberian peace process, Abdulsalami Abubakar, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • Liberian poll Commission receives 18 vehicles from ECOWAS
    13 july 2005 16:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Wednesday in Monrovia presented the Liberian Electoral Commission with 18 vehicles to facilitate the conduct of the country's legislative and presidential elections scheduled for 11 October this year under the August 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Full text...

  • ECOWAS pleads for shared responsibilities
    13 july 2005 08:57:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has called for shared responsibilities in order to help the sub-regional organisation accomplish its mission. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence, Security Commission meets in Yamoussoukro
    11 july 2005 17:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission is to begin a three-day meeting Tuesday, in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire, to consider the status of implementation of the Community's Standby Force, an ECOWAS statement said Monday. Full text...

  • West Africa urged to ratify humanitarian law treaties
    08 july 2005 14:53:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Representatives of ECOWAS member states concluded a two-day meeting in Abuja Thursday with a call on member countries to sign and ratify intern ational humanitarian law (IHL) treaties to which they are not yet party. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to provide 18 vehicles for Liberian election
    08 july 2005 14:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to give 18 vehicles on loan to the electoral commission of Liberia to assist it in the conduct of the 11 October general polls in the country, PANA has learnt here. Full text...

  • WB approves US$350m facility for West African Power Pool
    05 july 2005 21:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Bank has approved a 350 million US-dollar facility to support the implementation of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), a regional programme aimed at ensuring reliable and affordable electricity supply in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns post-election violence in Guinea Bissau
    30 june 2005 22:24:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday condemned the demonstration staged in Bissau on 24 June by supporters of former president Of Guinea Bissau, Kumba Yala, during which three people were shot dead and nine others seriously wounded. Full text...

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