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

  • ECOWAS says 10,000 troops needed for Ivorian peacekeeping
    16 december 2003 17:20:00
    Accra- Nigeria (PANA) -- An international force of 10,000 troops is needed for the peacekeeping mission in Cote d'Ivoire, a senior official of the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS, said in Accra Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Ministers begins 51st session in Accra
    15 december 2003 20:10:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The 51st session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers opened in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, Monday, with the review of community priority programmes implementation and consideration of reports submitted by ECOWAS institutions topping the agenda. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Ministers urged to accelerate integration process
    15 december 2003 19:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Monday charged the Council of Ministers to nudge the community towards integration and development, as the Council opened a two-day meeting in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Financial Controller takes oath of office
    15 december 2003 18:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS new Financial Controller Nellie Taylor, formally took the oath of office Monday at a short ceremony on the sidelines of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Summit to address security, economic integration
    13 december 2003 11:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 27th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS slated for 19 December in Accra, Ghana will review regional security and integration issues, especially the report of the Convergence Council on the performance of the economies of Member States in relation to their monetary co-operation programme. Full text...

  • EU props ECOWAS mission in Cote d'Ivoire with 12 million Euro
    13 december 2003 10:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has pledged 12 million Euro to support the ECOWAS Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (ECOMICI), an ECOWAS release said. Full text...

  • Integration, security high on ECOWAS Summit agenda
    11 december 2003 19:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Integration, political upheaval and security issues are high on the agenda of the 15-nation ECOWAS summit which opens in the Ghanaian capital, Accra 19 December, officials of the Secretariat said Thursday. Full text...

  • Togolese gendarmes on security mission in Cote d'Ivoire
    05 december 2003 12:20:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Thirty Togolese gendarmes left Lome on Thursday for Abidjan where they will be deployed to provide security to Ivorian leaders, official sources said in the Togolese capital of Lome. Full text...

  • FAO props agriculture in West Africa
    05 december 2003 10:49:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is to grant ECOWAS some 351,000 US dollars for the formulation of a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the West African region, under an agreement signed by both organisations in Abuja Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns recent developments in Cote d'Ivoire
    03 december 2003 12:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed grave concern about recent events in Cote d'Ivoire, particularly the attempt by organised youths to march into Bouake, besieging of the French military base and calls for the resumption of fighting. Full text...

  • ECOWAS concerned by development in Cote d'Ivoire
    02 december 2003 20:19:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) "is gravely concerned" about latest developments in Cote d'Ivoire, particularly the attempt by supporters of one of the parties to march into Bouake, the rebel stronghold, the besieging of the French military base and calls for the resumption of fighting. Full text...

  • 80 West African gendarmes due in Abidjan
    29 november 2003 10:20:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 80 West African gendarmes (military police), to protect Ivorian rebel New Forces Ministers are expected in Abidjan Saturday, according to a New Forces official, quoting General Abdoulaye Fall, Commander of the ECOWAS Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (MICECI). Full text...

  • Netherlands props ECOWAS peace initiative in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 november 2003 13:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Netherlands is to grant the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) a million dollars in support of the West African peacekeeping force in Cote d'Ivoire (ECOMICI), ECOWAS officials confirmed Thursday in Abuja. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to harmonise fight against money laundering
    19 november 2003 17:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Legal experts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have developed a standard framework for consultations aimed at developing a harmonised legislative document against money laundering in the region, official sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Money laundering rampant in West Africa
    18 november 2003 21:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Money laundering has reached alarming proportions within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a well-informed informed official told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Compaore receives Ivorian Premier Diarra
    14 november 2003 19:48:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Seydou Diarra was received Friday in Ouagadougou by Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Ministerial delegation for UN over Ivorian crisis
    14 november 2003 19:03:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said Friday that a delegation of West African Foreign Ministers would be in New York 24-25 November to make a strong case for the conversion of the ECOWAS force in Cote d'Ivoire into a UN force with adequate logistics to cover the entire country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mini-summit on Ivorian crisis makes headlines in B/Faso
    14 november 2003 15:34:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- This week's ECOWAS mini-summit on the Ivorian crisis in Accra, Ghana, where Presidents Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire held talks, has been highlighted by Burkinabe newspapers. Full text...

  • ECOWAS emergency summit on Cote d'Ivoire ends in confusion
    11 november 2003 20:37:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West African leaders who attended a one-day summit here Tuesday aimed at breaking the deadlock in the Ivorian peace process, rose from the meeting looking no less uncertain than the situation prevailing in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

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