Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • ICGL warns against delayed disarmament in Liberia
    11 march 2004 17:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The International Contact Group on Liberia (ICGL) has warned political stakeholders in the country against any attempt to delay the implementation of the Disarmament, Demobilisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) programme. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Ministers renew commitment to Gas Pipeline Project
    09 march 2004 19:58:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS Energy Ministers at the end of a Steering Committee Meeting of the West African Gas Pipeline Project (WAGP) in Accra Tuesday, renewed their commitment to the completion of the project on schedule. Full text...

  • Abuja seminar discusses ECOWAS trade liberalisation scheme
    03 march 2004 18:35:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A two-day seminar on the liberalisation of trade within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) opened here Wednesday with Nigerian Cooperation minister Lawan Gana Guba dismissing fears that liberalisation would lead to the collapse of local industries. Full text...

  • Senegal wins ECOWAS wrestling tourney in Niamey
    01 march 2004 14:28:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Senegalese traditional wrestling squad Sunday beat Niger 4-1 to win the third edition of the African wrestling tourney of the Economic Community of West African States dubbed "TOLAC". Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks retention of UN troops in Sierra Leone
    27 february 2004 18:34:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Friday called for the retention of some UN peacekeepers after the end in December of the mandate of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), to avoid a resurgence of hostilities. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military chiefs meet in Nigeria
    26 february 2004 16:22:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The eighth ordinary session of the Defence and Security Commission of ECOWAS opened in the Nigerian capital, Abuja Thursday with the creation of an ECOWAS stand-by force top on the agenda. Full text...

  • ECOWAS chief seeks UN, EU assistance in crises prevention
    23 february 2004 12:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The secretary genera of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas sought the assistance Monday of the UN and European Union (EU) in strengthening the early warning capacity of the bloc's four zonal observatories. Full text...

  • Joint EU-UN mission to assess ECOWAS structures
    22 february 2004 18:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A joint EU-UN delegation begins a week- long assessment mission to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Monday to evaluate the region's capacity in conflict prevention, peace building as well as its early warning mechanism, an ECOWAS statement said Sunday in Abuja. Full text...

  • Women Ministers call for gender policy in ECOWAS
    21 february 2004 16:02:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ministers responsible for Women Affairs in ECOWAS Member States have recommended the adoption of a regional gender policy to accelerate the integration of women in national development and address their development needs. Full text...

  • West Africa Meets on NEPAD Implementation
    20 february 2004 18:08:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Government officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states Friday continued discussions here on implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) at the sub-regional level. Full text...

  • Heads of UN peace missions in West Africa to meet in Goree
    18 february 2004 18:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The heads of UN peacekeeping Missions in West Africa are to meet Friday in Goree on the Senegalese coast, to harmonise their operations, UN sources said in Dakar. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Court rules in landmark case 27 April
    18 february 2004 13:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja has fixed 27 April 2004 to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the landmark case filed by a Nigerian businessman against his government over the unilateral closure of its land border with Benin last August. Full text...

  • Experts meet ahead of ECOWAS ministerial confab on NEPAD
    17 february 2004 19:47:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began meeting here Tuesday in prelude to a conference of the ECOWAS ministerial council on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) coming up 19-20 February in Niamey. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers assess NEPAD
    16 february 2004 23:21:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Ministers in charge of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would meet here 19 February to discuss progress with the blueprint, official sources indicated Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Mediator postpones trip to Monrovia
    16 february 2004 10:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Mediator for Liberia and former Nigerian leader, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has postponed indefinitely his planned trip to Monrovia on Monday due to the non- availability of the major players in the country's peace process, ECOWAS officials said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails donor community on Liberian fund
    11 february 2004 15:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) executive secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas has commended the international donor community for surpassing the target for Liberia's reconstruction fund. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, WANEP sign accord on conflict, good governance
    10 february 2004 15:16:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP) Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding on enhancing capacity in conflict prevention and good governance in the sub- region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS fact-finding mission due in Guinea Bissau
    10 february 2004 14:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A three-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) fact-finding mission arrives in Guinea Bissau Thursday ahead of the country's first elections since the 14 September 2003 military coup that toppled President Koumba Yala, ECOWAS officials said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS envisages observatory on movement of people
    03 february 2004 20:43:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has proposed the creation of an observatory to look out for anomalies concerning the free movement of people and the right of residence within the sub regional bloc. Full text...

  • ECOWAS welcomes opening of Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Centre
    03 february 2004 16:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has hailed the recent commissioning of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre in Accra, Ghana, saying it would boost the sub-region's peacekeeping capacity. Full text...

  • ECOWAS wants UNAMSIL soldiers retained in Sierra Leone
    30 january 2004 12:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to request the UN to retain some 5,000 troops of its peacekeeping Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), after the Mission's mandate ends in December, ECOWAS sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Abubakar, ECOWAS mediator due in Liberia mid-February
    28 january 2004 18:44:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Former Nigerian leader Abdulsalami Abubakar, the ECOWAS mediator for Liberia, is due to return to Monrovia in February to help resolve outstanding differences between the government and the two main rebel movements on the implementation of the Accra agreement, ECOWAS officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Court adjourns first case to 17 February
    22 january 2004 12:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice Thursday adjourned hearing in its first case to 17 February to enable counsels to forward to the court written submissions on the claims and points of law. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Court hears first case Thursday
    22 january 2004 09:55:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will hear its first case Thursday since inauguration in Abuja, seat of the court. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UEMOA to jointly tackle poverty in West Africa
    12 january 2004 17:37:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Monday declared here that the sub- regional body would work closely with the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) to alleviate poverty in the region. Full text...

  • Kufuor urges Japan to help stabilise West Africa
    09 january 2004 21:27:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President and ECOWAS chair, John Kufuor, Friday urged Japan as a major trading partner to support peace and development efforts in West Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS boss hails rebels' return to Ivorian unity govt
    07 january 2004 12:37:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohammed Ibn Chambas has hailed the return to Cote d'Ivoire's government of national reconciliation by rebel New Forces after a three-month boycott to protest slow implementation of a French-brokered peace accord signed last year. Full text...

  • ECOWAS accredits two more Permanent Representatives
    07 january 2004 11:41:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Secretariat in Abuja, Nigeria, has accredited two more Ambassadors as Permanent Representatives to the 15-member organisation. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt to speed up ECOWAS passport production
    30 december 2003 11:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government will produce 5. Full text...

  • ECOWAS soldiers drilled in children's rights
    21 december 2003 19:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Sunday in Dakar began training some members of its armed forces in various ways to provide children's rights and protection before, during and after armed conflicts. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders approve "peace fund"
    19 december 2003 21:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders on Friday approved the creation of a peace fund to make them cope with the financial burden of maintaining peace and security in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders agree measures to address poverty, security
    19 december 2003 18:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West African leaders Friday called for a meeting of all major stakeholders to review the "elusive, insufficient and volatile economic growth" of the sub-region and recommend appropriate measures to create sustained higher rates of growth. Full text...

  • Ghanaian paper sees bright future for ECOWAS
    19 december 2003 17:31:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- As West African leaders conclude the 27th ordinary ECOWAS summit Friday in Accra, State-owned "Ghanaian Times" says there is hope for the 15-nation community formed in 1975. Full text...

  • Ghana's President Kufuor re-elected as ECOWAS chair
    19 december 2003 16:35:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's President John Kufuor has been re-elected to another one-year term as chair of the regional economic bloc ECOWAS, according to officials of the organisation. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders renew commitment to 2nd monetary zone
    19 december 2003 14:10:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Leaders of the five-nation West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) Friday reaffirmed their commitment to launch the second monetary zone for the sub-region as scheduled 1, July 2005. Full text...

  • ECOWAS summit opens in Accra
    19 december 2003 13:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The 27th ordinary summit of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government opened in Accra, Ghana, Friday with the leaders stressing the need for the countries in the sub-region to embrace peace to enable the organisation focus on its objective of economic development. Full text...

  • Ghana tightens security at ECOWAS summit
    19 december 2003 09:48:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana, host of the 27th ordinary summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government has thrown a tight security cordon around the International Conference Centre venue of the Friday meeting in the nation's capital, Accra. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Speaker calls for acceleration of integration
    18 december 2003 20:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Speaker of Parliament, Professor Ali Nouhoun Diallo on Thursday said the organisation is determined to achieve integration through the adoption of a common anthem, flag and common currency. Full text...

  • All set for ECOWAS summit in Ghana
    18 december 2003 19:42:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- All is set for the summit of heads of state and governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra, Ghana on Friday to be dominated by issues related to peace, security and stability in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS signs immunities agreement with Nigeria
    18 december 2003 19:12:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday signed an agreement on the privileges and immunities of the ECOWAS Parliament and the Court of Justice. Full text...

  • Kerekou to attend ECOWAS conference in Ghana
    18 december 2003 16:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin President Mathieu Kerekou flies to Accra, Ghana on Friday to attend the 27th conference of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Foreign ministry said Thursday in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria, ECOWAS sign regional Parliament, Court HQ accord
    18 december 2003 14:08:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nigeria and ECOWAS Thursday signed the headquarters agreement outlining the privileges and immunity accorded the ECOWAS Parliament and the Community Court of Justice, both based in the country's capital city of Abuja. Full text...

  • Security to dominate ECOWAS annual summit in Accra
    18 december 2003 11:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- With West Africa's second largest economy, Cote d'Ivoire, steeped in political crisis and three other countries in the sub-region involved in fragile peace processes, peace and security concerns will again dominate this year's ECOWAS ordinary summit opening in Accra, Ghana, Friday. Full text...

  • Chambas says ECOWAS will rise to challenges of integration
    18 december 2003 09:33:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas assured Thursday the regional economic bloc would take a giant stride in the execution of programmes to foster economic co-operation among the member States in the next two years, despite the domination of its activities by peace and security concerns. Full text...

  • Cape Verde's president to attend ECOWAS summit
    17 december 2003 22:26:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdean President Pedro Pires leaves Praia Friday for Accra to attend a summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) convened by its current chairman, John Kufuor of Ghana. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Foreign Ministers discuss regional peace, security
    17 december 2003 20:20:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The need to urgently resolve the conflicts in West Africa to pave the way for regional economic development, took the centre stage Wednesday as Foreign Ministers of the organisation began their meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. Full text...

  • Civil society urged to press for good governance
    17 december 2003 20:03:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Prof. Full text...

  • Kufuor set for re-election as ECOWAS chair
    17 december 2003 18:56:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Kufuor is expected to be re-elected for another one-year term as chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the community's 27th ordinary summit Friday in Accra, ECOWAS officials Wednesday. Full text...

  • Prime Minister to represent Compaore at ECOWAS Accra Summit
    17 december 2003 15:39:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe Prime Minister Paramanga Ernest Yonli will represent President Blaise Compaore at Friday's ECOWAS Summit in Accra, Ghana, officials said in Ouagadougou Wednesday. Full text...

  • Denmark donates $1 million to ECOWAS peace fund
    17 december 2003 12:32:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Denmark has announced a grant of one million dollars to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Peace Fund, aimed at helping to prevent and manage conflicts in the sub-region. Full text...

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