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  • ECOWAS, development partners to hold annual co-ordination meeting
    05 april 2013 17:06:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The annual Co-ordination meeting between ECOWAS and its Development Partners will take place on 8 Monday at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, to discuss the status of the region's integration projects and the ongoing efforts at institutional reforms in order to improve the performance of the Commission. Full text...

  • West African veterinary chiefs agree common positions on standards
    05 april 2013 12:54:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - West Africa’s Chief Veterinary Officers have agreed on harmonised standards for key areas in animal health, to be presented to African delegates at the April 2013 meeting of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to be held first in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, followed in May by the organisation’s General Assembly to be held in Paris, France. Full text...

  • ECOWAS seeks US assistance for maritime security summit
    05 april 2013 12:48:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has asked the US for assistance for the planned summit of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, due to hold next month in Yaoundé, Cameroun. Full text...

  • ECOWAS restates commitment to regional peace
    28 march 2013 14:25:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, has reiterated ECOWAS’ commitment to support peace initiatives by any member state, which is consistent with the regional peace and security framework. Full text...

  • Japan backs ECOMIB with US$44,800
    28 march 2013 14:07:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Japan has donated US$44, 800 to ECOWAS in support of the ECOWAS Mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB), the ECOWAS Commission announced Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS 'determined' to improve energy access in West Africa
    27 march 2013 15:26:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is working with stakeholders to improve access to energy in the region, which is currently under 50 percent, the ECOWAS Commission said in a statement obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence chiefs seek seamless transformation of AFISMA to UN operation
    27 march 2013 12:51:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS defence chiefs have called for an effective cooperation and coordination to ensure a seamless transformation of the African-led International Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into a UN field operation. Full text...

  • Nigerian President meets ECOWAS commissioners
    26 march 2013 22:51:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on Tuesday challenged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission not to limit its activities and energies to economic cooperation only, but also strengthen its regional political stability role. Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails Cape Verde as 'beacon of democracy'
    26 march 2013 08:25:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo has hailed Cape Verde as a beacon of hope for democracy, judging by its successive transparent, free and fair elections. Full text...

  • How to end Mali crisis - Gen. Babayoko
    26 march 2013 08:12:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chairman of ECOWAS Committee of Chief of Defence Staff (CCDS), Gen. Soumaila Babayoko, has called for intensified and sustained international support to rid Mali of terrorism and criminality which are threatening not only the country but the region and the rest of the world. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers endorse new regional tariff regime
    22 march 2013 07:26:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 15-member West African regional bloc ECOWAS has moved closer to a customs union with the endorsement, by regional ministers of finance, of a new region wide tariff regime for West Africa, the ECOWAS Commission has announced. Full text...

  • ECOWAS says peace, security vital for regional integration
    21 march 2013 16:25:44
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - ECOWAS cannot afford to divorce development from peace and stability as they are essential for Community development, given the dynamics of recurrent security challenges in the region, the Vice-President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Togo Gayewea McIntosh, has said. Full text...

  • Ekweremadu calls for enhanced powers for ECOWAS parliament
    16 march 2013 12:27:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Friday urged stakeholders to support a draft Act for the enhancement of the legislative powers of the institution to enable it serve the Community better and in accordance with international best practices, according to an ECOWAS press statement, received here by PANA. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges improved coordination of projects at national levels
    15 march 2013 16:08:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has called for proposals from stakeholders aimed at improving communication and cooperation for coordinated implementation of regional programmes in Member States. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host ministerial conference on Gulf of Guinea maritime security
    15 march 2013 15:06:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - An inter-ministerial conference of ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea will be held in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on 19 March, 2013, according to a statement from the ECOWAS Commission here.Full text...

  • Nigeria's Akwa Ibom state honours ECOWAS
    15 march 2013 13:44:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region has decided to honour ECOWAS by naming the main hall of an International Conference Centre now under construction in the capital city of Uyo after ECOWAS, as a tribute to the organisation for promoting integration, peace and stability in the region. Full text...

  • Senior ECOWAS officials want "outdated" protocols abolished
    13 march 2013 15:22:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Heads of ECOWAS National Units, Civil Society and Immigration officials have recommended the abolition of two key provisions of the regional Protocol on free movement of persons, according to an ECOWAS Commission press statement, obtained here by PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence Chiefs discuss AFISMA transformation into UN operation
    12 march 2013 19:11:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Select Committee of the ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff met in Bamako last Friday to consider procedures for the transformation of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into a United Nations operation, according to a statement from the ECOWAS Commission here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS consoles Venezuela over President Chavez's death
    09 march 2013 11:37:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has expressed deep shock and sadness over the sudden death of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, according to an ECOWAS press statement, obtained here Saturday by PANA. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, WAMI to boost intra-community trade
    08 march 2013 19:53:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS and the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI) are set to launch a trade facilitation support project to address the barriers militating against intra-community trade to enable the region realise its full trade potentials and benefits.Full text...

  • ECOWAS committee meets on risk management
    04 march 2013 12:50:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Members of the ECOWAS Strategic Planning and Coordination Committee (SPCC) began a three-day meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Monday to finalise the Risk Management aspect of the Regional Medium Term Action Area (RMTAA). Full text...

  • Malaria elimination campaign gets big boost in West Africa
    01 march 2013 17:33:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin the construction of the three factories which will produce biolarvicides under the West African regional Malaria Elimination Campaign Programme took place in Abidjan Thursday, just as the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government were rounding off their 42nd Ordinary Summit. Full text...

  • Jonathan calls for political stability in West Africa
    01 march 2013 16:28:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, has pledged that he will continue to work with his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, and other ECOWAS leaders to achieve greater peace, security, political stability and economic prosperity in the West African sub-region.Full text...

  • ECOWAS Authority renews mandate of Ivorian leader as Chair
    01 march 2013 09:05:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has renewed the mandate of the Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government for another one year.Full text...

  • Nigerien president expected at ECOWAS Summit in Cote d'Ivoire
    27 february 2013 13:26:52
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien head of state, Mahamadou Issoufou, left Niamey Wednesday for Cote d'Ivoire where he will attend the ECOWAS Summit, according to local Nigerien media. Full text...

  • Meeting recommends review of offer to EU on EPA negotiations with W/Africa
    27 february 2013 08:34:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African experts who attended a three-day meeting here have recommended a comprehensive review of the market access offer to the European Union (EU) to break the deadlock between the two parties in the negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for the creation of a free trade area between them Full text...

  • Regional peace, security in focus as ECOWAS Summit opens
    27 february 2013 08:18:56
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The 42nd Ordinary Summit of ECOWAS was due to open in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Wednesday to discuss regional peace and security issues, including the situations in Mali and Guinea-Bissau, among others. Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers endorse plan to transform AFISMA into UN Mission
    27 february 2013 08:10:39
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - ECOWAS ministers have endorsed the proposed transformation of the African-led International Mission in Mali (AFISMA) into a UN peacekeeping operation. Full text...

  • ECOWAS member states reaffirm common position on arms trade treaty negotiations
    26 february 2013 17:21:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Delegates to the recently-held regional Abuja Roundtable on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations have reiterated support for the ECOWAS Common Position (ECP) on the Treaty, especially the provision to curb indiscriminate circulation of arms and associated armed violence, and the abuse that threaten peace in the society. Full text...

  • President Jonathan begins four-day visit to Cote d'Ivoire
    26 february 2013 16:00:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, will Wednesday begin a four-day visit to Cote d’Ivoire, where he will join other ECOWAS leaders in Yamassoukrou for the 42nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.Full text...

  • Nigeria committed to resolving Guinea Bissau crisis
    25 february 2013 19:44:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday stated Nigeria’s commitment to resolving the crisis in Guinea Bissau under the aegis of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations.Full text...

  • ECOWAS ministers meet to discuss regional security, counter-terrorism
    25 february 2013 10:18:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence were due to open their emergency meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Monday to discuss regional security, including the draft ECOWAS counter-terrorism strategy and its implementation plan, among other issues. Full text...

  • ECOWAS hails Sierra Leoneans on 1st post-war peaceful polls
    24 february 2013 14:02:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has congratulated Sierra Leoneans for their commitment to democracy as demonstrated by their first post-war peaceful, transparent and credible elections that resulted in the re-election of President Ernest Bai Koroma. Full text...

  • West African experts meet in Accra to revive EPA negotiations with EU
    20 february 2013 08:32:21
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Experts from West Africa were meeting in Accra, Ghana, from Wednesday in the latest effort to jump-start the stalled Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Nigeria President tasked on ECOWAS Court ruling on Niger Delta pollution
    19 february 2013 12:04:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has written to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure enforcement of the ruling by the ECOWAS Court of Justice in a case related to oil pollution in the Niger Delta. Full text...

  • ECOWAS nudges G/Bissau on quick restoration of constitutional order
    14 february 2013 15:47:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has urged all stakeholders to play their part towards a speedy restoration of constitutional order and democracy in Guinea-Bissau, a commission statement obtained by PANA here Thursday said. Full text...

  • ECOWAS commiserates with Guinea over top military officers' death
    13 february 2013 12:17:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo has sent a condolence message to President Alpha Conde of Guinea over the death of 12 persons, including the country's Army Chief, Gen. Souleymane Diallo, in a helicopter crash near Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Commission President lashes out at Mali Islamists
    12 february 2013 13:23:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Ouedraogo has lashed out at the armed Islamist groups that until recently occupied the northern part of Mali, calling them “criminals and drug traffickers hiding under the guise of religion”. Full text...

  • ECOWAS commission signs MoU on peace, security
    12 february 2013 11:41:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a Project Implementation Agreement (PIA) with 10 training institutions on peace and security in the region, as part of efforts to strengthen the capacities of the institutions, the Commission said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2013 AFCON: ECOWAS salutes victorious Super Eagles of Nigeria
    11 february 2013 18:25:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has congratulated Nigeria’s Super Eagles for winning the just-concluded 29th Edition of the African Cup of Nations tournament, saying this has “crowned the brilliant and sterling performances of 'Teams ECOWAS' at the continental soccer fiesta held in South Africa". Full text...

  • 23-year-old Nigerian crowned Miss ECOWAS Peace Ambassador
    04 february 2013 14:32:21
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Miss Hyeladzirra “Zirra” Banu of Nigeria has been crowned Miss ECOWAS Peace Ambassador 2012, after beating 26 other contestants at the pageant held recently in Port Harcourt, capital of the South South Rivers State. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament president to visit Brussels
    29 january 2013 15:36:16
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Parliament, Ike Ekweremadu, is expected in Brussels Wednesday for a working visit during which he will hold talks with the president of the European parliament, Martin Schulz, PANA reported, quoting EU official communique. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence chiefs agree to deploy additional forces in Mali
    27 january 2013 18:31:28
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDDS) rose from their one-day emergency meeting here Saturday, agreeing to accelerate the deployment of additional forces of the African-led Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA), according to a communique issued at the end of the meeting. Full text...

  • Donors' conference on Mali targets US$500m
    25 january 2013 13:12:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The donors' conference slated to hold in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 January, aims to raise US$500 million to support ongoing efforts to assist Mali to restore its sovereignty over the northern part of the country that was seized by armed Islamist groups last year, PANA learnt from sources close to the organisers here Friday. Full text...

  • West Africa military chiefs to meet on Mali
    24 january 2013 19:08:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - West African military chiefs, under the aegis of the Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDDS), are due to meet at an emergency session in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Saturday, in what will be their second meeting on the crisis in Mali within 10 days, the ECOWAS Commission announced Thursday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS gives Cape Verde US$190,000 for flood victims
    22 january 2013 18:22:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has donated US$190,000 to Cape Verde in support of victims of the unprecedented flood disaster that displaced many people and damaged property on the country’s Boa Vista Island last year. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament declares "total support'' for Mali military intervention
    21 january 2013 18:54:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Monday declared “total support'' for the military operations by the regional bloc and the international community in Mali. Full text...

  • Mali's caretaker President only recognised authority - ECOWAS
    21 january 2013 12:13:41
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Désiré Ouedraogo has said Mali's caretaker President Dioncounda Traoré remains the only authority in the country that is recognised by the sub-regional body. Full text...

  • ECOWAS mobilises more troops, logistic support for Mali intervention force
    19 january 2013 21:17:21
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - West African leaders rose from their emergency summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on Saturday by calling on all Member States as well as other African nations to urgently contribute troops to the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), which is battling armed Islamic groups in Mali. Full text...

  • Malian caretaker president to attend ECOWAS summit in Abidjan
    18 january 2013 15:35:17
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali’s caretaker president, Dioncounda Traore, is expected in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, where he will attend Saturday's extraordinary summit of ECOWAS heads of state on the current situation in Mali, official sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

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