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

  • Integration possible without single currency -- UEMOA chairman
    17 december 2001 16:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Moussa Toure, chairman of the West African Monetary Union (UEMOA) Commission, says a desired single currency would further boost economic integration within the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers tackle security, socio-economic problems
    17 december 2001 16:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Foreign Ministers meeting beginning Monday in the Senegalese capital, Dakar ahead of the Community's 25th ordinary Summit would be grappling with security and socio-economic problems such as trafficking in persons, corruption, democracy and good governance, confronting the sub-region. Full text...

  • Kouyate renders stewardship to ECOWAS Council of Ministers
    15 december 2001 20:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Lansana Kouyate, whose mandate as ECOWAS Executive Secretary expires this month, told the Council of Ministers Saturday in Dakar Saturday that he has re- positioned the 15-nation economic grouping for accelerated integration. Full text...

  • Conflicts drain ECOWAS resources, dull economic vision
    15 december 2001 19:54:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Heralded as a new impetus in Africa's bid for economic integration, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is, 26 years on, having to grapple with political instability at the expense of needed economic focus. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of Ministers holds 48th session in Dakar
    14 december 2001 23:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Council of Ministers begins its 48th session in Dakar, Saturday ahead of the Organisation's 20-21 December 25th Summit in the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Mali says it has no candidate for ECOWAS top job
    13 december 2001 22:25:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali explained Thursday it has not presented any candidate for the post of Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Taylor rules himself out of Dakar ECOWAS Summit
    10 december 2001 22:57:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor will not attend the 20-21 ECOWAS Summit in Dakar, Senegal, an official statement has said in Monrovia. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Appraising sub-regional integration process
    03 december 2001 13:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders hold their 25th Ordinary Summit in Dakar, Senegal, 20-21 December, to review the Community's integration programmes under the shadow of a raging US-led global war against terrorism. Full text...

  • ECOWAS moves to harmonise fight against cross-border crime
    30 november 2001 22:40:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Foreign Affairs and Justice ministers from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met Friday in Ouagadougou to harmonise the mechanisms and means of fighting trans-border crimes in the sub region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to elect new leadership at Dakar Summit
    30 november 2001 20:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Election of a new ECOWAS Chairman and Executive Secretary will highlight the 25th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the sub-regional economic grouping, scheduled for 20-21 December in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, UNHCR sign Memorandum
    30 november 2001 20:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African sub-regional group ECOWAS and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for a multi-sectoral co-operation between them. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mobilises against organised crime
    29 november 2001 18:05:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Legal experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began a seminar Thursday in Ouagadougou, on the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention and relevant protocols against organised trans-national crimes. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, FAO sign food security accord
    27 november 2001 23:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Tuesday signed a technical assistance agreement on food security worth 558,000 US dollars. Full text...

  • ECOWAS commission to meet in Abuja
    25 november 2001 14:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold a two-day meeting in Nigeria's capital of Abuja starting Monday to consider, among other things, 50 more applications for approval of products under the body's trade liberalisation scheme. Full text...

  • Malian President urges for enhanced ECOWAS-WAEMU consultations
    23 november 2001 13:54:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President and current chairman of both the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), Alpha Oumar Konare, has called for an institutional mechanism for consultations between the two sub-regional structures. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts next ECOWAS Summit in December
    15 november 2001 19:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The 2001 Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) holds in Dakar, Senegal 21-22 December, sources at the Abuja-based 15-nation organisation confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS moves to boost trade, free movement
    06 november 2001 13:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seven of the 15-member States in the sub-regional economic group ECOWAS, have set up a free trade zone as part of measures to boost trade among them, the Nigerian Co-operation and Integration in Africa Minister, Bimbola Ogunkelu has said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS experts adopt anti-corruption protocols, ponder terrorism
    25 october 2001 17:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS experts who began a meeting in Accra, Ghana Thursday are expected to adopt draft protocols on corruption and the establishment of a Criminal Intelligence Bureau. Full text...

  • ECOWAS experts adopt Action Plan against human trafficking
    24 october 2001 18:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS experts ended a two-day meeting in Accra, the Ghanaian capital Wednesday, agreeing a political declaration and Plan of Action for combating trafficking in human beings in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts 8th Miss ECOWAS contest in December
    24 october 2001 14:31:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 8th Miss ECOWAS beauty contest takes place in Bamako 22 December, Yabobu Victor, chairman of the Organising Committee, has announced in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • ECOWAS experts discuss Action Plan against human trafficking
    24 october 2001 14:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ghanaian Attorney-General and Justice Minister, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo has appealed to ECOWAS Member States to urgently ratify and implement international agreements against human trafficking, which has assumed alarming proportions with the involvement of organised criminal groups. Full text...

  • ECOWAS expands protocol on democratic rule
    23 october 2001 23:45:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Experts from 15-member countries of the Economic Community of West African States met in Lome Monday and Tuesday to discuss an additional protocol to the one regarding the mechanism to prevent, manage and solve conflicts in the sub- region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS parliament tackles trafficking of children
    22 october 2001 19:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The parliament of the Economic Community of West African States has recommended to member countries to make primary education compulsory and free of charge in order to stop the trafficking of children. Full text...

  • Kufuor urges ECOWAS leaders to break down barriers
    20 october 2001 18:13:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor Saturday called on West African leaders to work towards dismantling artificial barriers created by colonialists. Full text...

  • Konare, Obasanjo launch ECOWAS anti-polio campaign
    19 october 2001 22:44:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- ECOWAS chairman Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Friday in Sierra Leone, flagged off the Synchronised National Polio Immunisation in the 15-member Community. Full text...

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