Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • ECOWAS to set up national committees on trade
    24 april 2002 15:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Members of the Economic Community of West African States have decided to set up national approval committees to handle the approval of products earmarked for exemption under the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement Wednesday in Abuja. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Ministers reject Gambian nominees
    23 april 2002 16:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has directed Gambia to re-submit a new set of three nominees for the position of Financial Controller at the community's secretariat in Abuja. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Ministers meets in Abuja
    22 april 2002 18:35:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A two-day meeting of ECOWAS Council of Ministers is underway in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, on the restructuring of the Secretariat and the ECOWAS Fund, among other issues. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council reaffirms name of sub-regional currency
    12 april 2002 18:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Convergence Council for ECOWAS second Monetary Zone, has reaffirmed "ECO" as the name of the proposed single currency, to be adopted by the sub-region in 2004. Full text...

  • West African Health body tackling malnutrition
    12 april 2002 13:06:00
    Saly- Senegal (PANA) -- The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) is tackling malnutrition under priority programme for the 2003-2007 period, an official has said. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone envoy to Nigeria gets accredited to ECOWAS
    04 april 2002 22:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- In furtherance of its newly-launched programme, the sub-regional group ECOWAS Thursday accredited Sierra Leone's ambassador to Nigeria, Joe Blell, as the country's envoy to the Economic Community of West African States. Full text...

  • ECOWAS introduces new accreditation for ambassadors
    16 march 2002 14:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will on Tuesday accredit seven ambassadors from its member countries under a recently-introduced accreditation scheme. Full text...

  • Taylor may not attend Liberian peace talks in Abuja
    07 march 2002 15:13:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- President Charles Taylor may not attend this month's peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria, because of "unacceptable demands" by armed Liberian dissidents, Information Minister Reginald Goodridge said Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers to monitor Zimbabwe's election
    26 february 2002 18:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The West African sub-regional group, ECOWAS will at the weekend despatch a three-member team to Zimbabwe to monitor the 9-10 March presidential election in the Southern African country, the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja said Tuesday in a statement. Full text...

  • Chambas Meets ECOWAS Ambassadors
    21 february 2002 15:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohammed Chambas, is to meet regularly with ECOWAS Ambassadors accredited to Nigeria, to involve the envoys in the implementation of ECOWAS programmes. Full text...

  • Chambas vacates Ghanaian Parliament
    14 february 2002 14:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Newly-elected Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas Thursday bade farewell to the Ghanaian parliament opening the way for a bye-election to fill his seat. Full text...

  • Chambas Assumes Post of ECOWAS Executive Secretary
    06 february 2002 15:23:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Newly-appointed Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana, assumed office at the organisation's Secretariat in Abuja Wednesday with a pledge to consolidate the work of his predecessor for the realisation of the Community's objectives. Full text...

  • Out-going ECOWAS Executive Secretary Takes Stock
    06 february 2002 15:09:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Out-going Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Lansana Kouyate, Wednesday took a retrospective look at his four-year tenure and proclaimed it a success. Full text...

  • ECOWAS New Executive Secretary Assumes Office Wednesday
    03 february 2002 17:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Newly-elected Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas of Ghana, will assume office Wednesday, ECOWAS sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, US begin talks on military assistance
    30 january 2002 22:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Discussions between a visiting US military delegation and ECOWAS officials entered their second day in Abuja Wednesday on the proposed establishment of a regional communication capability in West Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers identify priority projects
    30 january 2002 21:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ministers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who have been meeting here since Monday, have identified regional projects requiring an investment of 4. Full text...

  • Seven leaders to witness Sierra Leone's weapons destruction
    11 january 2002 23:03:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone has invited seven West African leaders to come to his country to witness the official burning and destruction of weapons collected from four armed factions involved the 10-year- old conflict. Full text...

  • Cape Verde sets up ECOWAS monitoring commission
    28 december 2001 20:16:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde has decided to set up a commission to monitor the activities of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in order to ensure more active participation of the country in the Community, official sources said in Praia. Full text...

  • Exit of Kouyate ends an era at ECOWAS
    28 december 2001 00:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- When Guinean diplomat Lansana Kouyate assumed office in September 1997 as the fifth Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the sub-regional organisation was counting its losses from prolonged military intervention in Liberia. Full text...

  • ECOWAS gets Anthem
    23 december 2001 16:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nigerian Professor of music, Laz Ekwueme has won the prize for the lyrics of an anthem for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Liberian minister welcomes ECOWAS decision against dissidents
    22 december 2001 17:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Liberian Foreign Minister Monie Captan has expressed satisfaction with the solidarity shown by the 15-nation ECOWAS towards his embattled country. Full text...

  • Konare hands over ECOWAS mantle, challenges colleagues
    21 december 2001 22:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare handed over the mantle of ECOWAS leadership to Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade at the end of a sub-regional Summit in Dakar Friday, and challenged his colleagues to work toward a federated West Africa within the African Union. Full text...

  • West African leaders declare Decade of ECOWAS Child
    21 december 2001 20:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- West African leaders have declared 2001- 2010 as the "Decade of the ECOWAS Child" in sustained efforts to protect the rights of children in the 15-nation sub-region. Full text...

  • West African leaders eulogise Senghor
    21 december 2001 19:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders have eulogised Senegal's founding President Leopold Sedar Senghor, who died Thursday in France at the age of 95. Full text...

  • ECOWAS threatens sanctions against Liberian dissidents
    21 december 2001 19:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders Friday threatened sanctions against dissident Liberian armed groups, especially the Liberian Front for Reconciliation and Democracy (LFRD), which is fighting the government of President Charles Taylor. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders renew commitment to integration
    21 december 2001 18:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders ended their two-day 25th ordinary Summit in Dakar Friday after renewing their commitment to political and economic integration as well as the fostering of democracy and good governance within the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS yet to agree a name for new currency
    21 december 2001 16:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The five-nation West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), has deferred the choice of a new name for the currency to be used under the second monetary Zone, to be created in 2003 within ECOWAS. Full text...

  • Ghana's Mohammed Ibn Chambas is new ECOWAS Executive Secretary
    21 december 2001 11:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ghanaian bidder, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has been elected the new Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), for a four- year term. Full text...

  • The 25th summit of ECOWAS heads of State starts in Dakar
    20 december 2001 23:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 25th summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is expected to conclude its session in Dakar Friday with the election of the sub-regional body's executive secretary. Full text...

  • Outgoing ECOWAS chairman calls for institutional reform
    20 december 2001 22:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Outgoing ECOWAS chairman and Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare has called for institutional reforms to speed up economic integration in West Africa. Full text...

  • Konare emphasises need to support Guinea-Bissau
    20 december 2001 21:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Outgoing ECOWAS chairman, President Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali Thursday urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to help Guinea-Bissau to consolidate its critical democratic transition. Full text...

  • ECOWAS chairman hails progress, but warns of new threats
    20 december 2001 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The outgoing chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has hailed grounds covered 25 years on by the sub regional concert, but warned of new challenges from globalisation and international terrorism. Full text...

  • Eleven enlist for Miss ECOWAS contest
    20 december 2001 18:56:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Beauty queens from eleven countries will compete in the 8th edition of Miss ECOWAS pageant (Economic Community of West African States) scheduled Saturday in Bamako, the local press said Thursday. Full text...

  • Taylor, Conte absent from ECOWAS Summit
    20 december 2001 18:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders began their 25th ordinary Summit in the Senegalese capital of Dakar Thursday without Presidents Charles Taylor of Liberia and Lansana Conte of Guinea, whose restive Mano River Union countries are top on the Summit agenda. Full text...

  • Entrepreneurs decry non-implementation of ECOWAS protocols
    20 december 2001 18:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The president of the African Business Roundtable (ABR), Bamanga Tukur, has urged ECOWAS member countries to implement the community's protocols designed to promote trade and economic development. Full text...

  • ECOWAS chairman hails progress, but warns of new threats
    20 december 2001 18:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The outgoing chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has hailed grounds covered 25 years on by the sub regional concert, but warned of new challenges from globalisation and international terrorism. Full text...

  • Former Cape Verdean minister fiercely denounce ECOWAS
    19 december 2001 23:26:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Former Cape Verdean Finance minister, Jose Tomas Veiga has described ECOWAS as "a complete failure", arguing that the organisation and its motto, regional economic integration, are hitherto only "a mere mirage". Full text...

  • Kabbah to attend Jammeh's induction after ECOWAS summit
    19 december 2001 23:16:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, who flew to Dakar for the ECOWAS summit, would attend the induction of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh after the summit, an official source said Wednesday in Freetown. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders to agree name of new currency
    19 december 2001 21:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Leaders of the five-member West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) will meet in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday to agree a name for a new currency to be used within the second monetary zone of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Women activists urge ECOWAS leaders to end violence
    19 december 2001 20:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Representatives of the Mano River Union Women for Peace Network (MARWOPNET) Wednesday appealed to ECOWAS leaders to quickly resolve lingering conflicts within the three member countries of the Union. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders to agree name of new currency
    19 december 2001 17:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Leaders of the five-member West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) will meet in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday to agree on a name for a new currency to be used within the second Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) monetary zone. Full text...

  • Five UEMOA and ECOWAS Heads of State already in Dakar
    19 december 2001 09:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Five of the expected nine Heads of States have arrived in Dakar to take part in the 6th Conference of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), ahead of a Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), scheduled for 19-21 December in the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Senegal to host ECOWAS first games in 2002
    18 december 2001 20:52:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Senegal would host the first ECOWAS games in 2002, an ECOWAS press release said Tuesday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Outgoing chairman wants ECOWAS summit to highlight violence
    18 december 2001 17:38:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The outgoing Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Alpha Konare, said the upcoming summit must remain unequivocal against violence in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS foreign ministers take issue with Liberian rebels
    18 december 2001 15:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Foreign ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Tuesday took issue with the continuing fighting in Liberia's Lofa County, lamenting that rebel activity in the area was compromising regional efforts at forging peace in the country and the Mano River Union at large. Full text...

  • Konare wants ECOWAS Summit to address violence
    18 december 2001 13:18:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- ECOWAS outgoing Chairman and Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare, wants the 20-21 December Summit in Dakar, Senegal, to tackle violence in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Mali advocates West African Federation
    17 december 2001 20:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Malian Foreign Minister Modibo Sidibe, whose country is out-going chair of ECOWAS, Monday called for a strengthening of the 15-nation Community into a federated West Africa to facilitate the integration of the continent. Full text...

  • Benin's Albert Tevoedjre offers to serve Africa
    17 december 2001 17:53:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's candidate for the office of executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Albert Tevoedjre, has affirmed his "full readiness" to serve Africa. Full text...

  • Taylor still cold about attending ECOWAS summit
    17 december 2001 17:08:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- In spite of some diplomatic prodding from Malian President and chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Alpha Konare Monday, President Charles Taylor of Liberia looks bent on shunning the upcoming ECOWAS summit in Dakar. Full text...

  • Liberia's environmental group wants Taylor at ECOWAS Summit
    17 december 2001 16:58:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- An environmental group in Liberia Monday called on President Charles Taylor to attend the 20-21 December Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Summit in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

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