Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) -
  • Two West African leaders visit Sierra Leone
    03 september 2001 17:14:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare, who is ECOWAS chairman and his Nigerian counterpart, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday paid a visit to Sierra Leone's diamond-rich Kono area. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, FAO collaborate on food security
    01 september 2001 16:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation has renewed its commitment to assist member states of ECOWAS in attaining sustainable food security and improving agriculture and rural development programmes. Full text...

  • ECOWAS security ministers meet in Cotonou
    31 august 2001 20:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ministers of security in the Economic Community of West African States and their police chiefs are holding their third meeting in Cotonou, aimed at deriving measures to fight crime in the subregion. Full text...

  • US to assist ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Mechanism
    30 august 2001 14:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The US has agreed to support the ECOWAS Early Warning System, being set up under the sub-region's Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peacekeeping and Security, adopted in December 1999. Full text...

  • Preparations hot up for ECOWAS security confab
    27 august 2001 17:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Preparations are underway for the third ECOWAS conference of ministers in charge of security, billed for 30 August in Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, ACBF sign capacity building Agreement
    17 august 2001 18:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has signed an agreement with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) for a two-million-dollar grant to strengthen the trade negotiation capacity of the Organisation and its 15-member States, a statement by the sub-regional body's Secretariat in Abuja Friday. Full text...

  • ADB, ECOWAS reach agreement on areas of cooperation
    15 august 2001 10:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide 8. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Court to operate from Lagos
    09 august 2001 21:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Court of Justice has shifted its operational base from the Community's Secretariat in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja to Lagos, where it has been offered temporary office and residential accommodation by the government, ECOWAS sources said. Full text...

  • Workshop urges quick ratification of ACP-EU Cotonou accord
    07 august 2001 21:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Participants at a recent regional workshop have called for speedy ratification of the 2000 Cotonou agreement, between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group, to allow the disbursement of funds under the ninth European Development Fund (EDF). Full text...

  • Benin hosts headquarters of sub-regional AIDS programme
    03 august 2001 15:05:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin is to host the Headquarters of the sub-regional programme on fight against spread of HIV/AIDS on the "Abidjan-Lagos Corridor," Public Health Minister, Celine Seigon Kandissounon, has announced. Full text...

  • Four West African countries record high Vitamin A deficiency
    02 august 2001 08:58:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger account for 36 percent of the estimated 110,350 annual deaths from Vitamin A deficiencies within the Economic Community of West African States, according to medical statistics released by ECOWAS. Full text...

  • Monetary Zone: Council Urges Compliance with Criteria
    28 july 2001 15:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Convergence Council for the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) has called for stricter compliance with the convergence criteria to enable the zone take off by the target date of January 2003. Full text...

  • Ghana supports Chambas for ECOWAS top post
    26 july 2001 22:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- In a rare bi-partisan move, the Ghanaian government has nominated an opposition politician as candidate for the post of Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • Experts meet on ECOWAS Air Company, Shipping Line
    25 july 2001 22:06:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Sixty experts in communication, transport and tourism from the 15-nation ECOWAS, began a meeting Wednesday in Cotonou on the memorandum for the establishment of a private Air Company and a Shipping Line for the region. Full text...

  • Anti-laundering body set up in Dakar
    25 july 2001 22:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal has been designated to host the International Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa, or GIABA, which was officially launched Wednesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Benin to field candidate for ECOWAS secretary general
    25 july 2001 11:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's foreign affairs minister, Antoine Kolawole Idji, has announced the country's intention to vie for the position of secretary general of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which falls vacant in September. Full text...

  • Nigeria to accommodate ECOWAS Court Judges
    24 july 2001 20:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has offered to provide residential accommodation for the seven Judges of the ECOWAS Court in Abuja, according to government sources. Full text...

  • ECOWAS extends moratorium on light weapons
    10 july 2001 21:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has extended its moratorium on light weapons for a second three-year period from July. Full text...

  • Kufuor Adds Vigour And Charm To West African Politics
    10 july 2001 18:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Ghana's John Agyekun Kufuor, a newcomer in West African politics, says he can discern signs of emerging stability in the subregion, known for frequent military coups and cross-border wars that have scarred its landscape. Full text...

  • Opposition parties welcome ECOWAS planned peace talks
    06 july 2001 17:02:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian opposition parties Friday welcomed the planned talks by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to reconcile President Charles Taylor and the country's exiled opposition politicians. Full text...

  • ECOWAS calls for the dismantling of roadblocks
    05 july 2001 23:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African states will intensify efforts regarding the lifting of all roadblocks that seriously impede the free movement of persons and goods in the subregion, ECOWAS Executive Secretary Lansana Kouyate said in Lusaka Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of elders urged to help end conflicts
    03 july 2001 09:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger President Mamadou Tandja Tuesday urged the ECOWAS Council of elders to help restore peace in the sub-region. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council Of Elders Meet On Conflicts
    30 june 2001 15:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As part of efforts to ensure peace in the West African sub-region, the ECOWAS Council of Elders will hold its inaugural meeting in Niamey, Niger, 2-3 July to discuss its role under the Protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention. Full text...

  • French Foreign Minister To Visit Nigeria
    26 june 2001 19:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine will hold talks with ECOWAS' Executive Secretary Lansana Kouyate in Abuja Thursday, at the start of a two-day visit to Nigeria, ECOWAS said in a statement Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN/ECOWAS Team On Small Arms For Six Countries
    24 june 2001 18:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A joint team of ECOWAS and UN officials has left Nigeria for six West African countries as part of efforts to ensure compliance with the ECOWAS' Small Arms Moratorium. Full text...

  • Ghana wants ECOWAS executive secretary post
    22 june 2001 23:03:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana plans to put up a candidate for the position of executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Foreign Minister Hackman Owusu-Agyemang said Friday in Accra. Full text...

  • US assistance for ECOWAS
    15 june 2001 20:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The US has certified ECOWAS as the only Organisation within the West African sub-region qualified for direct assistance as part of the collaboration between Washington and the 15-nation Community. Full text...

  • Commission Recommends 167 Products For Duty Exemption
    14 june 2001 15:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An ECOWAS Commission has recommended 167 new products to benefit from the organisation's Trade Liberalisation Scheme, exempting designated products from customs duty within Member States. Full text...

  • Gambia seeks Eyadema's support for ECOWAS job
    07 june 2001 16:33:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has received an envoy of his Gambian counterpart Yaya Jammeh, seeking his support for Gambia's candidate for the post of Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • West African Justice Ministers against corruption
    23 may 2001 18:57:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West African Justice Ministers have called for a joint international diplomatic and legal action to retrieve illegal wealth stashed in financial institutions abroad. Full text...

  • Jury selects lyric for ECOWAS Anthem
    15 may 2001 19:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A jury of experts in music and arts from seven member countries has selected a lyric for the ECOWAS anthem after considering 65 entries from six member States. Full text...

  • Nigeria moves to implement ECOWAS arms Moratorium
    08 may 2001 13:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has taken a major step toward complying with the ECOWAS' Small Arms Moratorium by setting up a national committee to oversee its implementation in the country. Full text...

  • Jury to pick ECOWAS Anthem
    05 may 2001 15:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Members of a jury drawn from 10 ECOWAS member countries will converge in Abuja next week to pick the winning entry for the lyrics of the community anthem, sources at the Abuja secretariat of the sub-regional body said Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS finance ministers end meeting in Togo
    30 april 2001 17:14:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- ECOWAS finance ministers Sunday ended a two-day extraordinary session in Lome after discussing a report of the administrative and financial commission on enhancing the community's financial resources. Full text...

  • Emergency ministerial council meeting to be held in Lome
    29 april 2001 13:28:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The fourth extraordinary session of the council of ECOWAS finance ministers has opened at the ECOWAS headquarters in Lome to examine the conclusions of the Administration and Finance Commission. Full text...

  • Benin signs accord for fourth ECOWAS observatory
    25 april 2001 17:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has signed an agreement with Benin for the siting of the Community's fourth conflict observatory headquarters zone in Cotonou. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mission holding talks with Liberia on sanctions
    20 april 2001 21:48:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- An eight-man Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission to verify Liberia's compliance with conditions set by the UN sanctions committee Friday began holding talks with Liberian officials here as part of their visit to the country. Full text...

  • ECOWAS warns against impostors
    19 april 2001 21:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Lansana Kouyate, Thursday advised entrepreneurs in the sub-region to beware of "unscrupulous persons," who claim to be agents of the Community. Full text...

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