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

  • 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...

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