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  • Mali, Guinea-Bissau to dominate 43rd ECOWAS Summit
    16 july 2013 19:55:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The political and security situations in Mali and Guinea Bissau, which are preparing for crucial post-crisis elections, will dominate discussions at the two-day 43rd ECOWAS Summit, due to open in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja on Wednesday, the ECOWAS Commission has announced. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers welcome AFISMA transformation
    16 july 2013 19:40:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs have welcomed the 1 July “smooth transformation” of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into a UN Mission, MINUSMA, and appealed for international support for political transition in Mali and Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • 'ECOWAS crisis-response mechanisms need re-examination'
    15 july 2013 18:04:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Ouedraogo has said the complexity of emerging crises in West Africa, such as in Mali and Guinea Bissau, requires the re-examination of regional response mechanisms for effective tackling of the structural causes of instability in the region and their ramifications. Full text...

  • AFISMA's transformation to MINUSMA: Meeting on final modalities holds Sunday
    30 june 2013 09:30:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Defence and security chiefs of ECOWAS troop contributing countries were due to meet in Bamako, Mali, on Sunday (30 June) with UN officials to discuss the final modalities for the transformation of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Full text...

  • Ghana's Deputy Defence Minister tasks ECOWAS on security challenges
    27 june 2013 10:00:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's Deputy Defence Minister Ebenezer Terlabi has said that responses to emerging political and security challenges in West Africa require new thinking, well coordinated efforts with high technology, skills and renewed commitment. Full text...

  • 'Basketball will be added to 2014 ECOWAS games in Cote d'Ivoire'
    25 june 2013 18:01:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Basketball will be added to the list of sports during the third ECOWAS games to be hosted by Côte d'Ivoire in 2014, according to an ECOWAS press statement, received here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • 20 ECOWAS volunteers assume duty in Sierra Leone
    24 june 2013 14:52:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Twenty ECOWAS volunteers, recruited from six Member countries, have arrived in Sierra Leone to boost the country's education sector. Full text...

  • ECOWAS happy at Guinea Bissauan progress towards polls in November
    22 june 2013 14:34:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers, saying that it noted the gradual progress in the drive towards achieving stability in Guinea Bissau, has hailed the consensus reached by stakeholders in that country on a Regime Pact adopted in April 2013 towards the conduct of elections in November 2013. Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails agreement on Mali's electoral process
    22 june 2013 14:10:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has said the signing of an agreement, 18 June, 2013, between the Malian parties will create the enabling environment for the holding of their presidential election of 28 July across the country, according to a communique issued Friday in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, by the Council. Full text...

  • 6 ECOWAS countries projected to meet MDGs on poverty reduction
    22 june 2013 09:36:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Six West African countries are projected to record a minimum 7% growth rate in 2013, sufficient to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly the goal on poverty reduction, and more than double the global growth rate, according to the first biannual report presented by the ECOWAS Commission on Thursday.Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire gets official nod to host 2014 ECOWAS games
    19 june 2013 12:54:12
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission and the Ivorian Government have signed an Full text...

  • MFWA wants ECOWAS Court's decisions implemented
    13 june 2013 17:05:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has started moves to ensure the implementation of decisions of the ECOWAS Community Court by member states, PANA reports Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS member nations highlight investment potentials in Lagos
    07 june 2013 19:13:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - West African nations took their turns in Lagos to showcase available investment opportunities and incentives for would-be investors with an assurance for high return on investments. Full text...

  • ECOWAS solicits support for its conflict-prevention initiatives
    07 june 2013 09:11:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission is soliciting for strong support for the operationalization of its conflict-prevention framework, the ECPF, as a major tool for addressing the proximate and structural causes of violent conflicts and the promotion of human security and peace building in the region. Full text...

  • Third ECOWAS Investment Forum opens in Lagos
    06 june 2013 14:56:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Thursday called on ECOWAS member countries to focus more attention on youth employment and policies that will attract more investors to the region. Full text...

  • Jonathan, Ouattara, Obasanjo, others for ECOWAS Investment Forum
    05 june 2013 19:48:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, and former Nigerian leader, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, are expected at the opening ceremony of the third ECOWAS Investment Forum, starting Thursday in the economic capital city of Lagos, Ms. Enitan Obasanjo-Adeleye, spokesperson for the organisers, told PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • African experts urged to harmonize standard of Trans African Highway
    05 june 2013 19:13:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - African road infrastructure and road safety experts have been urged to recommend "pragmatic and implementable action plans" for achieving an "ambitious" plan to harmonise the standards for the Trans African Highway and improve road safety. Full text...

  • ECOWAS delegation meets 'Mr. ECOWAS'
    05 june 2013 09:01:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An ECOWAS Commission delegation has paid a courtesy call on Prof. Adebayo Adedeji, Nigeria’s former Minister of Economic Development and the longest serving head of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), who played a pivotal role in the formation of ECOWAS through the Treaty of Lagos on 28 May 1975. Full text...

  • ECOWAS emergency disaster management experts meet in Abuja
    04 june 2013 19:07:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - To strengthen the preparedness and response capacities of West African countries to natural disasters, the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, Tuesday began hosting a three-day consultative meeting of the Regional Committee for Disaster Management in West Africa (GECEAO). Full text...

  • African experts meet on trans-African highway
    04 june 2013 12:58:08
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A three-day meeting of African Road Infrastructure and Safety experts started in Ghana's capital, Accra, Tuesday, to validate two documents setting up minimum standards for roads covered under the Trans African Highway Network and a Charter for improving road safety in the continent, where road crashes impact significantly on socio economic development, accounting for losses of nearly 2 per cent of GDP. Full text...

  • Nigeria to host 3rd ECOWAS investment forum
    30 may 2013 21:57:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is set to host the third edition of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Investment Forum 5-7 June in the economic capital city of Lagos, the organisers said here Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS volunteers for Guinea end induction
    28 may 2013 09:16:19
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 40 ECOWAS volunteers deployed to Guinea, who ended their week-long induction programme in Conakry at the weekend, have been charged to see themselves as ambassadors of the region and to undertake initiatives that will contribute to the development of the country. Full text...

  • 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...

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