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  • West Africa defence chiefs to meet on ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau
    26 may 2013 17:39:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chiefs of Defence Staff and Inspector Generals of Police of troop/police contributing countries to the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) are to meet in the nation's capital, Bissau, on Monday, for the official hoisting of the mission’s flag. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Peace Ambassador urges greater empowerment for the youth
    21 may 2013 18:13:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The reigning ECOWAS Peace Ambassador, Ms Hyeladzirra “Zirra” Banu, has called on ECOWAS governments and institutions to empower and create more opportunities for the youth as part of efforts to promote peace and stability and facilitate the region’s development.Full text...

  • ECOWAS, America's GE partner on regional integration projects
    17 may 2013 17:54:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and America’s General Electric (GE) Corporation are to explore areas of cooperation, including in energy projects and infrastructure development, to boost regional trade integration, PANA reported Friday, quoting a press statement from the ECOWAS Commission. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence Chiefs seek West African Command for UN mission in Mali
    14 may 2013 17:08:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The 12,800-strong UN stabilization force which is to replace the African-led Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) should be commanded by a West African, in recognition of the region's track record, a sub-committee of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS) has proposed.Full text...

  • ECOWAS member states tasked on youth employment
    14 may 2013 13:20:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS member states have been urged to establish a mechanism for monitoring and evaluating the efficacy of their National Youth Employment Plans in responding to the youth employment challenges facing the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS sympathises with Nigeria over pilots' death
    11 may 2013 08:39:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has sent a condolence message to Nigeria’s President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, over the death of two Nigerian Air Force fighter-jet pilots who died while providing support to the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA). Full text...

  • 'ECOWAS, partners make irreversible progress in Mali'
    11 may 2013 08:36:56
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and the international community have made irreversible progress in Mali by freeing the north of the country from the grip of terrorists and securing its territorial integrity, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has affirmed. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence chiefs meet in Abidjan over Mali
    10 may 2013 17:50:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The modalities for the transformation of the Africa-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into a UN Mission will be discussed at a two-day meeting of the sub-Committee of the ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS), opening in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Stakeholders want ECOWAS peace support initiatives well funded
    07 may 2013 15:09:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Stakeholders have called for uninterrupted funding for and sustainability of ECOWAS peace support initiatives, especially the resettlement and rehabilitation of thousands of conflict-displaced persons in the region, according to an ECOWAS press statement, received here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • Rights campaigners seek prosecution of violators at Community Court
    01 may 2013 18:38:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - West Africa’s human rights institutions have called for the prosecution of human rights violations at the Community Court of Justice. Full text...

  • Donor support for ECOWAS Peace support projected hailed
    30 april 2013 09:00:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Participants at a just-ended stakeholders’ forum in Monrovia, Liberia, have lauded the multi-million-dollar donor support to the ECOWAS for Peace and Development Project (PADEP) for promoting the culture of peace, integration and providing vital humanitarian assistance to populations displaced by conflicts in the region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS justifies role in Malian crisis
    29 april 2013 17:56:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Justifying its involvement in the crisis in Mali, the West African sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS, attributed the current global interest in the country to the untiring efforts of West African leaders. Full text...

  • Efforts to enhance power of ECOWAS Parliament gather steam
    29 april 2013 14:03:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A road map that will ultimately result in the adoption of a Supplementary Act to enhance the powers of the ECOWAS Parliament has been adopted at a multi-disciplinary meeting of experts which ended in Accra, Ghana, at the weekend. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers discuss implementation plan for Abidjan-Lagos highway
    25 april 2013 15:56:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Ministers of Works/Road Infrastructure, Transport, Finance and Justice from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, rose from a one-day meeting here Monday, agreeing on an implementation plan for the construction of a proposed highway linking Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, to Lagos, Nigeria. Full text...

  • ECOWAS election observer mission gets database
    24 april 2013 15:27:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Electoral Assistance Division of the ECOWAS Commission has been presented with a database that will house records of all professionals in the region in the areas of Election monitoring and evaluation.Full text...

  • Experts meet in Accra to consider enhanced powers for ECOWAS parliament
    23 april 2013 14:35:18
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Ms Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, has tasked experts charged with developing a mechanism for wider powers of the ECOWAS Parliament to come up with concrete proposals that will enable the institution influence community legal instruments. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, other stakeholders discuss infrastructure development in Africa
    19 april 2013 17:42:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A three-day international workshop is underway in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the implementation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and private sector financing of infrastructure in the continent, according to an official statement, received here by PANA. Full text...

  • 40 ECOWAS volunteers to support health, education sectors in Sierra Leone
    15 april 2013 18:39:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has announced plans to deploy 40 volunteers to Sierra Leone to support the country’s health and education sectors, according to a statement issued here Monday by the West African regional bloc. Full text...

  • Experts meet in Gambia on education of girls
    15 april 2013 13:27:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A four-day meeting of regional experts on education of girls and other vulnerable children is scheduled to start on Tuesday in Banjul, the capital of Gambia, under the auspices of the ECOWAS Girls’ education Programme. Full text...

  • Sweden to give US$6.7m for ECOWAS climate programme
    15 april 2013 13:00:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Sweden is to provide US$6.7 million over four years to support West Africa's programme to reduce the region’s vulnerability to climate change. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, partners take bold step to eliminate malaria
    12 april 2013 20:06:24
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS and its partners have achieved another milestone in their stride towards the elimination of malaria in the region with the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a biolarvicides factory in Port Harcourt, capital of Nigeria’s south east Rivers State, according to a statement from the sub-region al bloc. Full text...

  • EU gives ECOWAS 74m-euro for AFISMA, free movement
    09 april 2013 20:49:54
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Redeeming the pledge it made during a donor's conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa, in January, the European Union (EU) has given ECOWAS a 76-million-euro grant to support the African-led International Mission in Mali (AFISMA), and to strengthen the implementation of the regional protocol on free intra-community movement of citizens. Full text...

  • AU, ECOWAS human rights observers deployed in Mali
    09 april 2013 14:17:11
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The first batch of a dozen human rights observers has been deployed in Mali in line with a decision by the African Union Peace and Security Council and ECOWAS to deploy some 50 observers under the banner the International Support Mission for Mali (AFISMA), official sources told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS president lauds UK's contribution to sub-region's integration
    08 april 2013 21:16:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has praised the government of the United Kingdom for its contributions to the success of West Africa’s integration project, including its ongoing training assistance to the armed forces of Mali to bolster their capacity to discharge their mandate. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, development partners to hold annual co-ordination meeting
    05 april 2013 17:06:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The annual Co-ordination meeting between ECOWAS and its Development Partners will take place on 8 Monday at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, to discuss the status of the region's integration projects and the ongoing efforts at institutional reforms in order to improve the performance of the Commission. Full text...

  • West African veterinary chiefs agree common positions on standards
    05 april 2013 12:54:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - West Africa’s Chief Veterinary Officers have agreed on harmonised standards for key areas in animal health, to be presented to African delegates at the April 2013 meeting of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to be held first in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, followed in May by the organisation’s General Assembly to be held in Paris, France. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks US assistance for maritime security summit
    05 april 2013 12:48:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has asked the US for assistance for the planned summit of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, due to hold next month in Yaoundé, Cameroun. Full text...

  • ECOWAS restates commitment to regional peace
    28 march 2013 14:25:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, has reiterated ECOWAS’ commitment to support peace initiatives by any member state, which is consistent with the regional peace and security framework. Full text...

  • Japan backs ECOMIB with US$44,800
    28 march 2013 14:07:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Japan has donated US$44, 800 to ECOWAS in support of the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB), the ECOWAS Commission announced Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS 'determined' to improve energy access in West Africa
    27 march 2013 15:26:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is working with stakeholders to improve access to energy in the region, which is currently under 50 percent, the ECOWAS Commission said in a statement obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence chiefs seek seamless transformation of AFISMA to UN operation
    27 march 2013 12:51:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS defence chiefs have called for an effective cooperation and coordination to ensure a seamless transformation of the African-led International Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into a UN field operation. Full text...

  • Nigerian President meets ECOWAS commissioners
    26 march 2013 22:51:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on Tuesday challenged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission not to limit its activities and energies to economic cooperation only, but also strengthen its regional political stability role. Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails Cape Verde as 'beacon of democracy'
    26 march 2013 08:25:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo has hailed Cape Verde as a beacon of hope for democracy, judging by its successive transparent, free and fair elections. Full text...

  • How to end Mali crisis - Gen. Babayoko
    26 march 2013 08:12:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chairman of ECOWAS Committee of Chief of Defence Staff (CCDS), Gen. Soumaila Babayoko, has called for intensified and sustained international support to rid Mali of terrorism and criminality which are threatening not only the country but the region and the rest of the world. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers endorse new regional tariff regime
    22 march 2013 07:26:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 15-member West African regional bloc ECOWAS has moved closer to a customs union with the endorsement, by regional ministers of finance, of a new region wide tariff regime for West Africa, the ECOWAS Commission has announced. Full text...

  • ECOWAS says peace, security vital for regional integration
    21 march 2013 16:25:44
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - ECOWAS cannot afford to divorce development from peace and stability as they are essential for Community development, given the dynamics of recurrent security challenges in the region, the Vice-President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Togo Gayewea McIntosh, has said. Full text...

  • Ekweremadu calls for enhanced powers for ECOWAS parliament
    16 march 2013 12:27:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Friday urged stakeholders to support a draft Act for the enhancement of the legislative powers of the institution to enable it serve the Community better and in accordance with international best practices, according to an ECOWAS press statement, received here by PANA. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges improved coordination of projects at national levels
    15 march 2013 16:08:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has called for proposals from stakeholders aimed at improving communication and cooperation for coordinated implementation of regional programmes in Member States. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host ministerial conference on Gulf of Guinea maritime security
    15 march 2013 15:06:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - An inter-ministerial conference of ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea will be held in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on 19 March, 2013, according to a statement from the ECOWAS Commission here.Full text...

  • Nigeria's Akwa Ibom state honours ECOWAS
    15 march 2013 13:44:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region has decided to honour ECOWAS by naming the main hall of an International Conference Centre now under construction in the capital city of Uyo after ECOWAS, as a tribute to the organisation for promoting integration, peace and stability in the region. Full text...

  • Senior ECOWAS officials want "outdated" protocols abolished
    13 march 2013 15:22:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Heads of ECOWAS National Units, Civil Society and Immigration officials have recommended the abolition of two key provisions of the regional Protocol on free movement of persons, according to an ECOWAS Commission press statement, obtained here by PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence Chiefs discuss AFISMA transformation into UN operation
    12 march 2013 19:11:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Select Committee of the ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff met in Bamako last Friday to consider procedures for the transformation of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into a United Nations operation, according to a statement from the ECOWAS Commission here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS consoles Venezuela over President Chavez's death
    09 march 2013 11:37:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has expressed deep shock and sadness over the sudden death of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, according to an ECOWAS press statement, obtained here Saturday by PANA. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, WAMI to boost intra-community trade
    08 march 2013 19:53:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS and the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI) are set to launch a trade facilitation support project to address the barriers militating against intra-community trade to enable the region realise its full trade potentials and benefits.Full text...

  • ECOWAS committee meets on risk management
    04 march 2013 12:50:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Members of the ECOWAS Strategic Planning and Coordination Committee (SPCC) began a three-day meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Monday to finalise the Risk Management aspect of the Regional Medium Term Action Area (RMTAA). Full text...

  • Malaria elimination campaign gets big boost in West Africa
    01 march 2013 17:33:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin the construction of the three factories which will produce biolarvicides under the West African regional Malaria Elimination Campaign Programme took place in Abidjan Thursday, just as the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government were rounding off their 42nd Ordinary Summit. Full text...

  • Jonathan calls for political stability in West Africa
    01 march 2013 16:28:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, has pledged that he will continue to work with his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, and other ECOWAS leaders to achieve greater peace, security, political stability and economic prosperity in the West African sub-region.Full text...

  • ECOWAS Authority renews mandate of Ivorian leader as Chair
    01 march 2013 09:05:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has renewed the mandate of the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government for another one year.Full text...

  • Nigerien president expected at ECOWAS Summit in Cote d'Ivoire
    27 february 2013 13:26:52
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien head of state, Mahamadou Issoufou, left Niamey Wednesday for Cote d'Ivoire where he will attend the ECOWAS Summit, according to local Nigerien media. Full text...

  • Meeting recommends review of offer to EU on EPA negotiations with W/Africa
    27 february 2013 08:34:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African experts who attended a three-day meeting here have recommended a comprehensive review of the market access offer to the European Union (EU) to break the deadlock between the two parties in the negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for the creation of a free trade area between them Full text...

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