Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • ECOWAS Parliament to probe Liberian rights violations
    04 june 2002 16:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament Ali Nouhoun Diallo, has promised that the sub-regional legislature will thoroughly investigate allegations of human rights abuses against Liberian journalists by that country's government. Full text...

  • EU, ECOWAS-UEMOA meet on regional co-operation in Dakar
    04 june 2002 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A tripartite consultative meeting involving ECOWAS, the European Union (EU) and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA), opens in Dakar, Senegal Wednesday on the programming of regional co-operation in West Africa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to send military experts to Liberia
    04 june 2002 13:09:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African sub-regional group ECOWAS is to despatch a team of military experts to Liberia for a week-long assessment of the security situation in the country, where the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) rebels are battling the government. Full text...

  • Kufuor urges regional economic integration
    03 june 2002 20:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor said Monday that regional integration would help West Africa deal with globalisation. Full text...

  • Wade drums up support for NEPAD
    29 may 2002 17:01:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Senegalese President and ECOWAS Chairman Abdoulaye Wade has called on Africans to embrace the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), saying it is the only hope for the continent to catch up with the rest of the world. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament opens session in Abuja
    29 may 2002 16:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Community Parliament opened its first ordinary session for 2002 in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Tuesday evening, with the Speaker calling for greater support from leaders for the sub-regional legislature. Full text...

  • Chambas says ECOWAS not yet mobilising troops for Liberia
    28 may 2002 09:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The sub-regional group ECOWAS has not commenced the process of mobilising troops for deployment to Liberia, which is battling rebels of the self-styled Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), Executive Secretary Mohammed Ibn Chambas said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament top official sworn in
    27 may 2002 16:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the ECOWAS Parliament, Halima Ahmed of Nigeria, was sworn in Monday in Abuja, ahead of the first ordinary session of the sub-regional legislative organ for 2002. Full text...

  • Liberian crisis: opposition parties urge govt to support ECOWAS
    23 may 2002 13:21:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian opposition parties have called on the government to support the ECOWAS peace move aimed at ending the country's on-going crisis. Full text...

  • ECOWAS re-states cease-fire call despite Liberia's objection
    22 may 2002 15:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Wednesday re-stated its call for a cease-fire between the Liberian government and rebels of the self-styled Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), despite the reported rejection of the call by the Monrovia government of President Charles Taylor. Full text...

  • ECOWAS salutes Sierra Leoneans for a successful poll
    21 may 2002 13:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has hailed last week's successful elections in its member State, Sierra Leone, which returned incumbent President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah to power. Full text...

  • President Wade says ECOMOG may intervene in Liberia
    19 may 2002 17:35:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Troops under West African Peacekeeping Force (ECOMOG) might intervene in Liberia if peace negotiations fail to solve the crisis in that country, President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to play a key role in NEPAD
    19 may 2002 14:08:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- West African leaders have mandated the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as the regional organisation charged with co-ordinating, monitoring and implementing programmes of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • ECOWAS body condemns the use of force in Liberia
    18 may 2002 09:21:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States' (ECOWAS) mediation and security council has resolved to condemn "all forms of taking over power by force" in Liberia. Full text...

  • ECOWAS council of ministers discuss NEPAD
    17 may 2002 13:32:00
    Yamoussoukro- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday discussed the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) in Yamoussoukro ahead of ECOWAS summit on Friday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, FAO sign technical co-operation accord
    02 may 2002 16:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has signed a Technical Co-operation Project (TCP) with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), for the implementation of a food security programme in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS poll observers leave for Sierra Leone Friday
    02 may 2002 15:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS is sending a 13-member delegation to monitor Sierra Leone's 14 May presidential and parliamentary elections, "one of the final acts in ending the country's 10-years of civil war. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to set up national committees on trade
    24 april 2002 16:32:00
    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 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...

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