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

  • Dakar hosts ECOWAS-UN meeting on conflict resolution
    30 april 2004 18:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), UN agencies, and regional civil society groups met in the Senegalese capital Friday as part of efforts to resolve cross-border conflicts in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS court strikes out landmark suit
    28 april 2004 15:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Claiming lack of jurisdiction, the ECOWAS Court of Justice has thrown out a landmark suit filed by a Nigerian citizen against the government over last year's state closure of its border with neighbouring Benin. Full text...

  • ECOWAS court strikes out landmark suit
    28 april 2004 12:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Claiming lack of jurisdiction, the ECOWAS Court of Justice has thrown out a landmark suit filed by a Nigerian against the Federal Government over the closure of its border with neighbouring Benin last year. Full text...

  • Experts call for West African security information Centre
    23 april 2004 18:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Delegates to the first meeting of Heads of Internal Security in ECOWAS Member States have called for a Regional Security Information Centre to facilitate intra-community co-operation in combating cross-border crimes. Full text...

  • Ghanaian Cooperation minister takes issue with ECOWAS Protocols
    23 april 2004 08:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian Regional Cooperation and NEPAD minister Kofi Konadu Apraku charged here Thursday that 20 years on, the various protocols aimed at enhancing economic integration within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had failed to make an impact. Full text...

  • Non-adherence dilutes impact of ECOWAS protocols
    22 april 2004 21:44:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Various protocols drawn up to enhance economic integration of countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had failed to make the desired impact since coming into force over two decades ago, a senior Ghanaian minister observed here Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS slates Public Service conference for 26-30 April
    22 april 2004 12:53:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The second conference of ECOWAS ministers of Public Service will hold here 26-30 April, ECOWAS officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • US to prop military communication in West African states
    18 april 2004 18:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The United States plans to strengthen military communication networks in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries, said Major General James Darden of the American forces stationed in Germany. Full text...

  • ECOWAS security chiefs meet in Abuja
    16 april 2004 10:59:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas has identified the proliferation and circulation of small arms as the reason for the escalation of hostilities in the sub- region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS security chiefs meet in Nigeria
    13 april 2004 14:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Heads of internal security in ECOWAS member states are expected in Abuja Thursday for a two-day meeting that will address all aspects of crossborder crimes and develop a framework to combat the menace. Full text...

  • ECOWAS body to evaluate parliamentary elections in Bissau
    06 april 2004 16:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Eight of Guinea Bissau's political parties have agreed to the setting up of a commission to evaluate the parliamentary election of 28 and 30 March 2004, the first step in restoring constitutional rule in the country, an ECOWAS statement said in Abuja Tuesday. Full text...

  • Joint Committee of ECOWAS Parliament meets in Accra
    06 april 2004 11:27:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) must be ready to sacrifice their sovereignty in order to achieve greater integration, ECOWAS Parliament Speaker Professor Ali Nouhoum Diallo stressed here on Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sues for proclamation of Guinea-Bissau election results
    03 april 2004 12:31:00
    Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- A delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) called Friday for the proclamation of the results of last weekend's parliamentary elections in Guinea Bissau. Full text...

  • Scheduled ECOWAS meeting fails to hold
    02 april 2004 09:18:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A scheduled meeting of the ECOWAS Ministers of Youths and Sports could not hold as planned in Abuja Thursday due to what officials called "logistic problems". Full text...

  • ECOWAS delegation on peace mission in Bissau
    02 april 2004 08:34:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- A ministerial mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is currently in Bissau to hold talks with all actors in the peace process in Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers of youth meet in Abuja Thursday
    31 march 2004 16:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ministers of Youth from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meet in Abuja Thursday to consider the report of the first meeting of the Human Resources, Information, Social and Cultural Affairs Commission. Full text...

  • ECOWAS delegation for Guinea-Bissau
    31 march 2004 16:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A four-member ECOWAS delegation is due to arrive in Guinea-Bissau Thursday to consult on the just-concluded parliamentary election in the country, an ECOWAS statement said in Abuja Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS expresses concern about Ivorian crisis
    26 march 2004 19:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said Friday it was "gravely concerned" about the escalation of violence in Cote d'Ivoire Thursday, resulting in the tragic loss of human lives, despite the mediation efforts of the ECOWAS Chairman, Ghanaian President John Kufuor. Full text...

  • ECOWAS forum urges convention on illicit arms brokering
    26 march 2004 14:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The three-day regional conference on small arms has ended in Abuja, Nigeria with a call for the adoption of a convention on illicit brokering of small arms and light weapons to stem the flow of weapons into West Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS chair to consult peers on Ivorian crisis
    26 march 2004 10:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President and chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) John Agyekum Kufuor is to consult with his peers in the sub-region, as fears heighten over Cote d'Ivoire sliding back into chaos. Full text...

  • ECOWAS chair Kufuor in Abidjan as political tension brews
    24 march 2004 13:17:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ghanaian President and current chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), John Kufuor arrived here Wednesday for talks with Ivorian political figures, as tension mounts in the country. Full text...

  • Britain commits $36m to fight small arms proliferation
    22 march 2004 17:02:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Britain has committed 36 million U. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, World Bank in new found love
    22 march 2004 15:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West Africa, plagued by civil strife, wars, poverty and underdevelopment, has found a new sweetheart -- the World Bank. Full text...

  • ECOWAS adopt short-term action plan in Accra
    20 march 2004 20:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West African leaders on Saturday adopted a "Short-term Plan of Action" for accelerating the implementation of selected regional integration and NEPAD programmes during a meeting in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • World Bank to give ECOWAS 450 million dollars - Wolfensohn
    20 march 2004 18:05:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A daylong summit of the Economic Community of West African States ended in Accra, Ghana, Saturday with the World Bank announcing a 450-million-dollar aid to the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS meeting opens in Ghana
    20 march 2004 12:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A one-day summit of the Economic Community of West African States opened here Saturday with Ghanaian President and ECOWAS chairman John Kufuor describing West Africa as "a vibrant and attractive investment destination" and urging the international business community to stake on the sub-region. Full text...

  • Blaise Compaore attends Accra ECOWAS meeting
    19 march 2004 18:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore left Ouagadougou Friday afternoon to attend a summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) holding in Accra, Ghana with World Bank president James Wolfensohn. Full text...

  • Accra hosts West African summit Friday
    18 march 2004 18:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Heads of State and Government from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) assemble in Accra on Friday for a Summit that would also be attended by World Bank president James D Wolfensohn. Full text...

  • German President addresses ECOWAS Parliament (corrected)
    17 march 2004 21:05:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Visiting German President Johannes Rau Wednesday made history as the first European leader to address a special session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, while on a four-day visit to the African nation. Full text...

  • Canada donates to peace, security in West Africa
    17 march 2004 14:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to receive 4. Full text...

  • German President addresses ECOWAS Parliament
    17 march 2004 13:35:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Visiting German President Johannes Rau Wednesday made history as the first European leader to address a special session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, while on a four-day visit to the African nation. Full text...

  • Kabbah says "ECOWAS dreams not yet realised
    13 march 2004 10:41:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has lamented that the dream of ensuring the free movement of people and trade in the ECOWAS region has not been realised. Full text...

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