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

  • 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...

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