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

  • ECOWAS boss seeks harmonisation of money laundering laws
    11 november 2003 11:24:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has said harmonisation of laws on money laundering among West African states constituted a decisive and effective mechanism toward the eradication of the menace in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS lags in per capita income growth, says Chambas
    10 november 2003 23:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS member countries should accelerate their per capita incomes growth to catch up with population increase in the region, ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said in Accra Monday. Full text...

  • Accra ready for ECOWAS mini-Summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    10 november 2003 19:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- All is set for Tuesday's ECOWAS mini-Summit in Accra on the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • ECOWAS scales down summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    10 november 2003 13:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A summit of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) leaders scheduled for Tuesday in Accra, Ghana to review the peace process in Cote d'Ivoire, has been scaled down to a mini-summit, with only six heads of state slated to attend, sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Ministers urge acceleration of West African power project
    08 november 2003 18:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Energy Ministers have called for the accelerated implementation of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) process to supply electricity to the Community's estimated 230 million people as quickly as possible. Full text...

  • Nigeria to host ECOWAS meeting on money laundering
    07 november 2003 16:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Legal experts from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are to meet 10-12 November in Abuja, Nigeria to examine the problem of money laundering in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Nigeria promises land to ECOWAS Parliament
    07 november 2003 15:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Minister Nasir el-Rufai, has pledged to allot a piece of land to the ECOWAS Parliament to build its residential quarters in the Nigerian capital. Full text...

  • Energy Ministers meet to review West African power project
    06 november 2003 19:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Energy Ministers of ECOWAS Member States will meet in the Senegalese capital Friday to review progress on the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) project. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sends electoral fact-finding mission to Guinea
    05 november 2003 13:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) fact-finding mission has left for Guinea to assess preparations for the country's 21 December 2003 presidential elections, the ECOWAS secretariat said in Abuja Wednesday. Full text...

  • Experts discuss West African power project
    04 november 2003 23:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A meeting of experts and representatives of donors for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) is underway in Dakar to review progress on the sub-regional project ahead of a ministerial meeting in the Senegal capital Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS extra-ordinary summit in Accra 11 November
    03 november 2003 16:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders will meet in an extra-ordinary session in Accra, Ghana, 11 November to review the security situation in the sub-region, particularly the peace process in Cote d'Ivoire, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in Abuja Monday. Full text...

  • Official hopeful on ECOWAS single monetary zone
    29 october 2003 21:05:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The political will so far exhibited by leaders of the West African sub-region is a boost to the single monetary zone concept of the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI), Michael Ojo, WAMI Director General said in Accra Wednesday. Full text...

  • Soro urges more ECOWAS involvement in Cote d'Ivoire
    28 october 2003 22:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Communication minister and secretary general of the Ivorian Patriotic Movement (MPCI) Guillaume Soro has called for greater involvement of heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Ivorian peace process. Full text...

  • Opposition leader discusses Ivorian crisis with ECOWAS chair
    28 october 2003 20:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Former Ivorian President Henri Konan Bedie is in Accra for talks with Ghanaian President and chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), John Agyekum Kufuor, against the backdrop of renewed tensions in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Insecurity in Cote d'Ivoire worries ECOWAS
    27 october 2003 16:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Monday expressed concern that some members of the Government of National Reconstruction (GNR) of Cote d'Ivoire were still unable to live in Abidjan because of insecurity. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sets up committee for APE talks
    08 october 2003 17:38:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has set up a regional committee to lead discussions on the Economic Partnership Accords (APE) with the European Union, official sources disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Exports from ECOWAS to EU reach 11 billion euros
    07 october 2003 20:56:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Exports from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) towards the European (EU) reached nearly 11 billion euros in 2002, 36 percent of which comprised oil, 16 percent came from cocoa grains and about 4 percent was from gas, according to an EU document. Full text...

  • Benin to host ECOWAS, EU partnership agreement talks
    03 october 2003 15:36:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- West African trade ministers and representatives of the European Union (EU) are slated to begin negotiations here 5-6 October on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the Union and the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks funds to sustain peacekeepers in Cote d'Ivoire
    30 september 2003 12:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States plans to appeal for funds to sustain its peacekeeping force in Cote d'Ivoire (ECOMICI) beyond 15 November 2003, when the current budget for the force is due to run out, ECOWAS sources said in Lagos Tuesday. Full text...

  • West Africa gas project in crucial phase 3
    30 september 2003 12:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), a regional economic integration project, has entered a crucial third phase, an official of the Beninese mines, energy and water resources ministry has disclosed. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks additional troops for VIP protection in Liberia
    29 september 2003 12:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is seeking 379 troops from member states for deployment to Liberia for the protection of top officials of the transitional government of Liberia, which is due to be inaugurated 14 October 2003, ECOWAS sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges Ivorian ex-rebels to return to reconciliation govt
    25 september 2003 13:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWS) has called on Ivorian ex-rebel movements, the New Forces, to resume participation in the government of National Reconciliation in their country. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to host Miss ECOWAS 2003 contest December
    24 september 2003 19:21:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The West African islands of Cape Verde has announced it would host the 10th Miss ECOWAS beauty contest on 6 December 2003, the national news agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU supports ECOWAS mission in Liberia with 8 million Euro
    23 september 2003 17:11:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has announced a grant of eight million Euro in support of the ECOWAS peacekeeping Mission in Liberia (ECOMIL), an EU statement said in Brussels. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence Chiefs urge integration of forces in Liberia
    21 september 2003 21:30:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff have ended their 7th ordinary meeting in Bamako, calling for the integration of the 3,563-strong regional force in Liberia, ECOMIL, into the UN Force expected to be deployed 1 October. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau party accuses ECOWAS of imposing premier
    21 september 2003 20:25:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- A top official of the opposition Guinea Bissau United Platform Coalition Helder Vaz Lopes has accused unnamed ECOWAS leaders of lobbying so that a foreign- based personality becomes Prime Minister Without giving further details, Vaz Lopes claimed this personality would continue to be at the helm after the elections because "he has reached an agreement with the winning party to retain him as head of the cabinet. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence Chiefs want ECOMIL integrated into UN Force
    21 september 2003 14:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Staff have called for the integration of the sub-regional interposition force ECOMIL with the UN Force due to take over in Liberia from 1 October 2003, according to a communiqué issued after a meeting of the senior defence officials in Bamako, Mali, Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian official harps on financial obstacles to NEPAD
    20 september 2003 19:36:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Head of NEPAD office in Nigeria, Aluko Olokun, said Saturday one of the major challenges facing the continental initiative was getting African countries to fulfil their financial obligations. Full text...

  • ECOWAS MP tasks African leaders on Peer Review Mechanism
    20 september 2003 19:04:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- An ECOWAS MP from Gambia, Ahmed Bah, Saturday in Abuja, urged African leaders to lead by example if the objectives of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) under NEPAD are to be achieved. Full text...

  • ECOWAS MPs discuss NEPAD
    20 september 2003 18:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS MPs Saturday held a specially session in Abuja on NEPAD, a day after the opening of the second session for 2003 of the Community parliament. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament sits in Abuja
    19 september 2003 16:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament opened its second ordinary session for 2003 in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Friday, with the swearing in of the newly-elected MPs by Speaker Ali Nouhoum Diallo. Full text...

  • Ghana says there was no coup in Guinea Bissau
    19 september 2003 14:43:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Ghana's President John Kufuor, who currently heads the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said here Thursday "there was no coup d'etat in Guinea Bissau". Full text...

  • Deposed Guinea-Bissau president to 'step down'
    17 september 2003 21:17:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Kumba Yala, the deposed president of Guinea Bissau, "has voluntarily accepted to step down in the interest of national unity, peace and stability," the Economic Community of West African States' ministerial mission visiting Guinea Bissau announced in a statement on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mediation delegations arrive in Bissau
    16 september 2003 11:02:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Cape Verdean Foreign Minister, Fatima Veiga is currently in Bissau to take part in the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) mission to Guinea- Bissau seeking a negotiated solution to the political crisis after the ouster of President Kumba Yala Sunday in a coup d'etat. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sending fact-finding mission to Guinea Bissau
    14 september 2003 16:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced Sunday it was sending a fact-finding mission of foreign ministers to Guinea Bissau, where army chiefs earlier in the day toppled elected President Kumba Yala and took constitutional power. Full text...

  • Kufuor pledges ECOWAS support to Liberia
    11 september 2003 19:33:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS Chair, President John Kufuor of Ghana said Thursday the sub-regional organisation would fully support the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) to be inaugurated 14 October. Full text...

  • ECOWAS company launches first ship
    07 september 2003 09:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on Saturday launched the first vessel of the Ecomarine International, a shipping company created with help from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • West African children urge end to regional conflicts
    06 september 2003 10:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Children representing mock parliaments of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) member countries have urged their heads of state to eradicate armed conflicts in the sub-region and invest more in children's health and education. Full text...

  • 250 Beninese soldiers for Liberia 10 September
    05 september 2003 19:13:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A contingent of 250 Beninese soldiers leaves here 10 September to form part of the Economic Community of West African States Mission in Liberia (ECOMIL), official sources revealed Friday. Full text...

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