Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • Ivorian crisis affects other ECOWAS citizens, say UN agencies
    17 october 2002 19:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Officials of UN agencies in the West Africa sub-region said in Accra Thursday that the armed conflict in Cote d'Ivoire has adversely affected several thousands of other ECOWAS nationals and called for concerted efforts to prevent further escalation of the crisis. Full text...

  • ECOWAS renews effort to resolve Ivorian crisis
    11 october 2002 15:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas is due in Abidjan on Saturday in continuation of efforts by the sub-regional bloc to find a political solution to the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Health ministers discuss Global Fund on AIDS, TB, Malaria
    10 october 2002 12:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health Ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in Harare Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing 52nd session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa to discuss health problems plaguing the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mission seeks cease-fire in Ivorian crisis
    03 october 2002 19:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A contact group despatched to Cote d'Ivoire by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has indicated it would negotiate a cease-fire as a matter of priority, before seeking a lasting solution to the conflict between rebel soldiers and the Ivorian government. Full text...

  • Essy to join ECOWAS peace negotiators in Cote d'Ivoire
    03 october 2002 18:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Amara Essy, the Interim President of the African Union (AU) Commission, will Friday join a 22-member ECOWAS team in Bouake, on negotiations to end the Ivorian uprising, the ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said in Abidjan Thursday. Full text...

  • Ivorian dailies comment on possible ECOWAS military intervention
    02 october 2002 22:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The possible intervention of troops of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Ivorian crisis was the main focus of the local press Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS makes first contact with Ivorian mutineers
    02 october 2002 17:31:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The contact group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has made its first communication with rebel soldiers in Côte d'Ivoire, officials here confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military option in Côte d'Ivoire still open
    30 september 2002 14:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- With concerns over the growing number of mercenaries and easy access to arms in West Africa, regional leaders plead with rebels in Côte d'Ivoire to end the growing crisis in the country at round-table talks. Full text...

  • Wade urges Gbagbo to accept dialogue with mutineers
    30 september 2002 09:24:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Current ECOWAS chair Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is urging President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire to engage in dialogue with disgruntled soldiers who launched a mutiny on 19 September and who now have control of three major towns in the north of the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS agrees urgent mission to end Ivorian crisis
    29 september 2002 20:52:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders agreed Sunday in Accra to create a "high-level" mediation mission of Heads of six States comprising Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo, on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Wade leaves for ECOWAS summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    29 september 2002 11:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade left Dakar Sunday morning for the Ghanaian capital of Accra to participate in the emergency ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Summit devoted to the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Emerging concerns of civil war in Côte d'Ivoire
    28 september 2002 12:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- When West African leaders meet in Ghana's Parliament House on Sunday to discuss bringing peace to Côte d'Ivoire, they may see dangers outside the official explanations for the current unrest in the country which was formerly a haven of peace in the sub-region. Full text...

  • 15 ECOWAS leaders to attend summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    27 september 2002 19:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Fifteen Heads of State and governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are expected to attend an emergency summit in Accra Sunday on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghanaian authorities confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS gets ADB grant for Railway study
    27 september 2002 18:59:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a grant of 3. Full text...

  • ECOWAS shifts Ivorian crisis meeting from Abidjan to Accra
    27 september 2002 12:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) called to discuss the military uprising in Côte d'Ivoire has been shifted from Abidjan to Accra, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in Abuja Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders meet Sunday to discuss Ivorian crisis
    27 september 2002 08:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will take place 29 September in Abidjan to discuss the military uprising in Côte d'Ivoire, according to a communiqué issued Thursday by the sub-regional bloc. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire solicits ECOWAS support to quell mutiny
    26 september 2002 16:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire, under siege by mutinous soldiers resisting plans to demobilise them, has asked for "support and assistance" from the sub-regional group ECOWAS, to quell the uprising, ECOWAS officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS adopts draft Protocol on Education
    26 september 2002 13:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Education ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met 24-25 September in Dakar and adopted a draft Protocol on Education and Training. Full text...

  • ECOWAS slates Emergency Summit on Cote d'Ivoire for 5 October
    25 september 2002 16:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS chairman and Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade, will host an extraordinary Summit of the 15-nation Community 5 October on the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament condemns uprising in Code d'Ivoire
    24 september 2002 20:00:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament Tuesday condemned "in the strongest terms, any attempt to truncate the growth of democracy or take over power through unconstitutional means" in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Mutiny Forces Postponement Of ECOWAS Police Chiefs' Meeting
    22 september 2002 15:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has postponed indefinitely the meeting of Inspectors-General of Police in member states, scheduled to start in Abidjan Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS condemns mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 september 2002 13:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Friday condemned the mutiny by demobilised soldiers in Cote d'Ivoire, which the country's authorities have described as a failed military coup. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers to hold meeting on education systems
    19 september 2002 21:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A conference of Economic Community of West African States education ministers will be held in Dakar, from 24 to 25 September, to discuss "subregional integration of the objectives of education for sustainable development," a UNESCO press release said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Police Chiefs to Meet in Abidjan
    18 september 2002 12:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Inspectors-General of Police in ECOWAS member nations are to meet in Abidjan on 23-24 September in an effort to facilitate intra-community cooperation in checking cross-border crime, the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja has announced. Full text...

  • Common currency for West Africa to remain a dream
    17 september 2002 16:17:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The idea of West Africa taking a major step towards a common currency come next year will remain a dream, at least for now. Full text...

  • Mali hosts expert meeting on child issues within ECOWAS
    16 september 2002 19:44:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Experts from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began meeting Monday in Bamako to draft a plan of action to be discussed at the Heads of State summit coming up 10 October in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Ministers to adopt platform for trade negotiations
    12 september 2002 16:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Ministers of Trade and Finance met in Cotonou, Benin, Wednesday to agree a framework for negotiations with the European Union (EU), under the June 2000 Cotonou partnership agreement between the Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Investment Bank opens January 2003
    09 september 2002 23:01:00
    Lomé- Togo (PANA) -- ECOWAS Investment and Development Bank will open for business on the first working day of January 2003, the bank's president Christian Adovelande has announced. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to intervene in Nigerian executive-legislative face-off
    09 september 2002 12:56:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament currently sitting in Abuja is to intervene in the current face-off between the Nigerian presidency and the National Assembly, which has culminated in a threat to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to set up a radio and television station
    06 september 2002 18:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to set up a radio and television station to help publicise subregional integration programmes, the ECOWAS Director of Communications, Adrienne Diop, said in Dakar. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament Opposes Togo's Move to Replace Member
    05 september 2002 12:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament has opposed moves by Togo to replace its representative in the body, Pere Dahuku, apparently because of domestic political problems, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. Full text...

  • Forum deplores poor nutrition in ECOWAS
    03 september 2002 21:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- This year's ECOWAS Nutrition Forum opened in Banjul on Monday with a call on member states for concrete action to improve upon the nutrition status of their people. Full text...

  • Gambian appointed ECOWAS Financial Controller
    29 august 2002 19:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Council of Ministers meeting in Abuja has ratified the appointment of Momodu Sallah of Gambia as the Community's Financial Controller, resuscitating the post, which was scrapped in 1999, ECOWAS officials said. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean MPs to attend ECOWAS parliament
    29 august 2002 13:25:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A delegation of Cape Verdean MPs is expected to leave Praia Friday for Abuja (Nigeria) to take part in the 4th ordinary session of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a reliable source said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Ministers meet in Abuja
    27 august 2002 15:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Council of Ministers began a meeting in Abuja Tuesday to consider the report of an ad-hoc ministerial Committee on the restructuring of the ECOWAS Fund and the Secretariat. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Ministers meet in Abuja Tuesday
    26 august 2002 12:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The sixth extra-ordinary session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers opens in the Nigerian capital of Abuja Tuesday, the ECOWAS Secretariat announced Monday. Full text...

  • Compaore discusses NEPAD, Liberia with Chambas
    23 august 2002 23:24:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, Friday discussed the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Liberian crisis and Cote d'Ivoire-Burkina Faso relations with visiting ECOWAS Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. Full text...

  • Chambas says ECOWAS deems peace in Liberia a priority
    23 august 2002 09:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohammad Ibn Chambas is touring the sub-region to consult leaders on how lasting peace can be restored to the Mano River Union countries, particularly Liberia, which groups Guinea and Sierra Leone in Union. Full text...

  • Takeoff of West African Monetary Zone to be delayed
    16 august 2002 16:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The realisation of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) will take longer than anticipated, according to the Director General of the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI), Michael Ojo. Full text...

  • Opposition wants strong ECOWAS intervention in Liberia
    15 august 2002 16:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A loose network of Liberian opposition and civil society groups has called for direct intervention of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to end the country's fresh civil war. Full text...

  • ECOWAS monetary Union Summit for Conakry in October
    14 august 2002 21:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders will meet in Conakry, Guinea 14-18 October, to review the progress on the community's monetary union, ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas disclosed in Dakar Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS plans Liberian peace meeting in Dakar
    14 august 2002 19:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Current ECOWAS Chairman, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is engaged in high-level consultations to convene a peace talk on Liberia in Dakar, ECOWAS Executive secretary Mohamed Ibn Chambas said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Chambas gets highest Ivorian honour
    14 august 2002 17:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas has received Cote d'Ivoire's highest honour of "Commander of the National Order," for his "contribution to the search for stability and security in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Chambas bags Ivorian Highest Honour
    14 august 2002 16:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Executive Secretary, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has received Cote d'Ivoire's highest honour of the "Commander of the National Order," for his "contribution to the search for stability and security in the sub-region". Full text...

  • Ivorian leader wants common defence policy within ECOWAS
    06 august 2002 21:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo has said that he would like to see the West African region forge a common defence policy within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • ECOWAS plans book on ECOMOG
    06 august 2002 18:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Sub-regional group ECOWAS, plans to publish a book on its highly successful intervention force, ECOMOG, according to a newspaper advertisement Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament wants a Liberian peace Conference
    17 june 2002 19:02:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament Monday called on the sub-regional leaders to urgently convene a peace conference on the situation in Liberia, where rebels of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) are fighting the government of President Charles Taylor. Full text...

  • Taylor opposes ECOWAS peacekeeping force for Liberia
    13 june 2002 16:52:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- President Charles Taylor is opposed to the deployment of any peacekeeping force in Liberia, the local press Thursday quoted his aide as saying. Full text...

  • ECOWAS solicits international support on food security
    11 june 2002 18:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has appealed for additional international support to enable the sub-region pursue its priority programmes on food sufficiency for its 220 million citizens. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military mission tours Liberia
    11 june 2002 14:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A five-member military mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been touring conflict zones in rural Liberia, a Foreign Ministry official has disclosed. Full text...

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