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  • 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...

  • 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...

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