November 12, 2018

Afreximbank Grants EUR 30 Million Facility to CDC Gabon to Support Operators at Special Economic Zone

Cairo, 12 Nov. 2018: –  The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today in Cairo signed an agreement granting an EUR 30 million revolving trade financing facility to Caisse […]
November 10, 2018

President Jean Claude Kassi Brou calls for increased Cooperation with the United States of America

R-L Tibor Nagy and President Brou Abuja, 9th November, 2018. The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jean-Claude Kassi Brou has called for increased cooperation with the government of the United States of America in the bid to ensure political stability, peace, security and economic development in the West Africa. He made this call while receiving the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy and the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington during a courtesy visit at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria on 9th November 2018. While highlighting the need for the US to sustain its global role and influence given its strategic importance to West Africa, President Brou briefed the US delegation about ECOWAS interventions in the political affairs of Member States such as the peaceful transition of power in the Gambia and its initiatives to ensure peace and security in countries such as Mali, Guinea Bissau, Lib..
November 8, 2018

NANT commends ECOWAS for its role in resolving trade dispute

Vice President Finda Koroma (m), Mrs. Halima Ahmed (L) and Mr. Tei Konzi(r) Abuja, 7th November, 2018.The Vice President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Madam Finda Koroma urged a delegation from the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANT) to have confidence in the Commission to handle disputes among Member States and Community citizens in line with ECOWAS protocols and utmost neutrality. Madam Koroma made this statement on 7th November 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria while receiving the President of the NANT, Ken Ukaoha, who led a delegation to thank and show appreciation to the Commission for the role it played in the re-opening of over four hundred shops and businesses belonging to Nigerians in Ghana. Mr. Ukaoha expressed his delight with the fact that after the association made its grievances known to the Commission, its Management moved swiftly to ensure that the shops and businesses were re-opened as a result of a meeting between the N..
November 5, 2018

Echoes of Oct. 2018

Echoes Vol 08 – English
November 2, 2018

ECOWAS Commission restates commitment to strengthening regional customs union and infrastructure upgrade

Group photograph of Finance ministers and other officials Abuja, 2nd November 2018. The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jean-Claude Kassi Brou has restated the commitment of the Commission to strengthening regional Customs union and an infrastructural upgrade that can sustain the renewed integration efforts within the community. Declaring open the 4th meeting of the Ministers of Finance holding on the heels of the convergence of Directors-General of Customs Service of ECOWAS Member States in Abuja, Nigeria on the 2nd of November 2018, President Brou held that the main idea of establishing ECOWAS is to foster an economic union in order to raise the living standards of citizens while maintaining and enhancing the economic stability of the region. Speaking through the Commission’s Commissioner of Finance Mrs. Halima Ahmed, President Brou noted that the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government remains unshakeable and resolute..
November 2, 2018

Regional directors-general of Customs meet on the consolidation of the ECOWAS Customs Union

Group photographs of the Regional Customs Chiefs Abuja, 1st November 2018. The Directors-General of Custom service of the fifteen member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have met in Abuja, Nigeria on the 1st of November 2018 in the quest to consolidate the ECOWAS Customs Union. The heads of Customs are also deliberating on information exchange and cooperation between Customs administrations as a concerted response to the obstacles to the free movement of goods, security challenges and resurgence of illicit trafficking. Declaring the meeting open, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Trade, Customs, and Free Movement Mr. Tei Konzi affirmed that the coming together of senior officials is in line with the current desire of the President of the Commission to strengthen the economic integration process of ECOWAS. Noting that the Customs service constitute a critical central link in this regard, Commissioner Konzi recalled that since the last meeting..
November 1, 2018

Entrepreneurship, youth expected to reshape future of global Islamic economy

Dubai UAE, October 31, 2018- The emergence of exciting young startups and brands that are perceived as ethical and cool was the topic of the final plenary […]
November 1, 2018

GIES 2018 concludes with call to adopt new technologies to advance Islamic economy

Dubai October 31, 2018-The Global Islamic Economy Summit 2018 in Dubai concluded earlier today with a call for halal industries to embrace innovative technologies in order […]
November 1, 2018

ECOWAS Commission trains political parties on media and campaign strategies in participatory democracy

Abuja, 31, October 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the 31st of October 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, commenced a broad range training to enhance the capacity of Nigerian political Parties on media and campaign strategies. Part of the Workshop also targets journalists and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on the promotion of participatory democracy, among others. The exercises which encompasses the mainstreaming of youth and women into political party activities, political party financing, inter-party democracy as well as administrative processes, are meant to weigh in positively on the forthcoming 2019 General elections in Nigeria. Welcoming participants to the training Workshop, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, General Francis Behanzin commended the political parties’ representatives for “conducting their activities so far in a manner that is not abhorrent to democratic tenets and principl..
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