Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • 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...

  • ECOWAS military mission tours Liberia
    11 june 2002 13:56:00
    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...

  • ECOWAS mission assesses situation in Liberia
    09 june 2002 09:15:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A five-strong military delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is currently taking pulse of the civil strife in Liberia, according to Foreign Ministry sources in Monrovia. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military mission arrives in Liberia
    07 june 2002 22:00:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A five-man military delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) arrived in the country Friday on an assessment mission, the Foreign Ministry has announced. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers seek amendment to Community Court Protocol
    07 june 2002 12:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PAA) -- Justice ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have asked the bloc's Court of Justice to consider widening the court's competence with a view to giving individuals direct access, rather than obliging them to seek its arbitration through members states. Full text...

  • Ministers seek amendment to ECOWAS Court protocol
    06 june 2002 16:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PAA) -- Justice Ministers of ECOWAS member States have asked the Community's Court of Justice to consider widening its jurisdiction to facilitate direct access to the Court by individuals. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, EU discuss poverty alleviation, economic integration
    05 june 2002 22:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A tripartite meeting of ECOWAS, EU and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA), opened in the Senegalese capital Wednesday focusing on poverty alleviation and economic integration. Full text...

  • Mauritanians call for return into ECOWAS
    04 june 2002 23:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Mauritanian immigrants in France want their country to rejoin the Economic Community of West African States it left in December 1999. Full text...

  • 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...

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