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

  • West African experts meet to discuss terrorism
    19 october 2001 16:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- West African experts are scheduled to meet in Accra, Ghana, next week to "reflect" on the fight against terrorism and agree on a draft declaration on human trafficking, particularly children, in the sub-region, ECOWAS said in a statement. Full text...

  • Konare, Obasanjo due in Freetown Friday
    19 october 2001 00:02:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- ECOWAS Chairman and Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare and his Nigerian counterpart Olusegun Obasanjo, are due in Freetown Friday, the Sierra Leonean State House announced Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS observers to monitor Gambia's election
    15 october 2001 12:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A four-member ECOWAS delegation is scheduled to arrive in Banjul mid-week to monitor Thursday's presidential election in the Gambia, officials of the sub- regional body said Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS parliament supports US-led attacks on Afghanistan
    13 october 2001 18:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Parliament has expressed support for the US-led reprisal attacks on Afghanistan over the 11 September terrorist attacks on the US, in which more than 5,000 people from 70 countries were killed. Full text...

  • Gambia's Jeggan Senghor to contest ECOWAS top post
    11 october 2001 20:44:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia has named Dr Jeggan Senghor as its candidate for the post of ECOWAS Executive Secretary to replace Lansana Kouyateh, the Banjul-published Independent Newspaper reported. Full text...

  • ECOWAS coastal road nearly complete, says Kouyate
    07 october 2001 20:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nearly 87 percent of the ECOWAS road network known as the Trans-coastal road linking Nouakchott and Lagos had been completed, the body's executive secretary, Lansana Kouyate, said in Dakar Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS opens four conflict-warning offices
    07 october 2001 19:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS has opened four out of the envisaged seven conflict early warning offices in the sub-region, the body's executive secretary Lansana Kouyate revealed in Dakar Saturday. Full text...

  • 12 states adopt ECOWAS travel document
    07 october 2001 18:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Twelve out of the 15 countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have printed the sub-regional grouping's identity card, the organisation's executive secretary, Lansana Kouyate, said in Dakar Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS to hold anti-terrorism meeting in Accra
    07 october 2001 16:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to hold a weeklong meeting in Accra, Ghana beginning 21 October to discuss ways of combating drug trafficking, corruption and money laundering, which go together with terrorism, a senior official said in Dakar over the weekend. Full text...

  • ECOWAS chief commends Senegal on economic convergence
    06 october 2001 20:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Lansana Kouyate, has commended Senegal for meeting three of the four criteria for economic convergence in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS assesses impact of sanctions on Liberia
    05 october 2001 15:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An ECOWAS team has concluded assessment of the economic, humanitarian and social impact of ongoing UN sanctions on Liberia, an official of the sub-regional organisation said Friday in Lagos. Full text...

  • ECOWAS reflects on lasting development
    02 october 2001 23:53:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Delegates from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are currently reflecting in Abidjan on ways to lasting development in the sub region, organisers said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana said recalling national from ECOWAS
    28 september 2001 15:54:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ghana has reportedly written to the ECOWAS chairman, asking that Ghanaian national Georges Sipa-Adjah Yankey, quit his post of President of the ECOWAS Investment and Development Bank, official sources said in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Minister urges ECOWAS to check cross-border crime
    13 september 2001 20:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Minister of Presidential Affairs, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, on Thursday urged members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to prevent cross-border criminal activities from undermining the sub-region's development. Full text...

  • Six leaders attend Yamoussoukro ECOWAS mini summit
    10 september 2001 23:46:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Five African presidents on Monday attended a mini-summit of the Economic Community of West African States convened by the Ivorian head of state, Laurent Gbagbo in Yamoussoukro. Full text...

  • Yamoussoukro to host ECOWAS mini-summit
    09 september 2001 18:05:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Six leaders are expected to attend a mini-summit of the Economic Community of West African States Monday in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire's political capital. Full text...

  • Ecowas investigates Ghana's allegations
    05 september 2001 11:20:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has sent a mission to Sikasso, southern Mali, to investigate neighbouring Ghana's complaint about diseased livestock and drug traffickers intruding on its territory. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders optimistic about peace in Sierra Leone
    04 september 2001 22:29:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- ECOWAS Chairman and Malian President Alpha Omar Konare, has expressed satisfaction at the progress of Sierra Leone's peace process. Full text...

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