October 30, 2018

Second meeting of the ECOWAS-UEMOA joint committee on the ECOWAS Custom Union begins

Mr. Muhammed Yakub (M), Bernard Tayoh (R) and Salifou Tiemtore (R) Abuja 29th October 2018. The second joint Committee meeting of the Economic Community of West African States and the West African Monetary and Economic Union (WAEMU) on management of the ECOWAS Custom Union began on the 29th of October 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. Opening the meeting and welcoming the delegates to a three-Day deliberations dedicated to the rules of community origin, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement Mr. Tèi Konzi stated that having a workable customs union requires hard work and continuous efforts and as such, the Commission could not afford to rest on its laurels. He urged the delegates from Member States to facilitate building on the important steps already taken which include the realization of the Free Trade Area, the entry into force of a Common External Tariff (CET) as well as the adoption of a Community Customs Code. Commissioner Konzi who was represented by ..
October 28, 2018

ECOWAS Commission restates commitment to deepening cooperation with the AU

Chairperson Mahamat and Commissioner Traore Abuja, 27th October 2018. The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Jean-Claude Kassi Brou has reaffirmed the determination of the Commission to work more with the African Union (AU) while deepening cooperation in the implementation of priority projects and programmes. The renewed commitment was given on the 26th of October 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria when the Chairperson of the AU Commission Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat led a delegation from the continental body on a courtesy visit to the ECOWAS Commission. President Brou who was represented by the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Mamadou Traoré stated that the good relations between both bodies is reflected by the joint recognition of representations at their headquarters as well as the dynamic technical cooperation between the different Departments of their organizations. Noting that the visit is coming within the fram..
October 25, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist’s body parts found

By Alex Crawford, special correspondent, in Istanbul Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to two Sky sources. The sources have […]
October 25, 2018

ECOWAS develops regional automotive industry policy

L-R Fall Abou (ADB), Anthony Simpasa, Mamadou Traoré and Mr. Messan Lawson-Hechelli, ECOWAS Director for Industry Experts and representative of the Ministries of Industry from Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commenced a 2-day meeting on 24th October 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria with the aim of validating the ECOWAS automotive industry policy framework. The ECOWAS automotive industry policy framework seeks to boost the automotive industry in the region by building the capacity of Member States in the area of vehicle assembling, production and marketing. Welcoming the participants, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, Mamadou Traoré stated that the development of the automotive industry policy for the region is as a result of the decision reached by the ECOWAS Ministers of Industry. The Commissioner cited the development of the automotive industry in Nigeria as an example of the impact the industry can have ..
October 25, 2018

Pictures of the handing over ceremony for Seme-Krake Joint Border Post at the border between Benin and Nigeria.

October 23, 2018

Africa Gets Private Sector Trade and Investment Committee

Cairo, 22 October 2018: – Africa’s leading private sector institutions and corporates have established a Pan-African Private Sector Trade and Investment Committee (PAFTRAC) to serve as an advocacy platform […]
October 21, 2018

Ooni of Ife marries Evangelist Naomi as new wife

THE Ooni of lfe, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has taken a new wife, a renowned Evangelist in Ondo state, Naomi Oluwaseyi. Olori Naomi, aged 25 who hails […]
October 15, 2018


Participants at the 3-Day extended technical Workshop for the finalisation of the West African Festival of Arts and Culture (ECOFEST) have validated the proposed roadmap of the event on the 12th of October 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria. After a review and enrichment of the project proposals, participants also decided that all stakeholders should ensure the “political reportage” of the event at the highest level of the two institutions collaborating to berth the festival- the Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). In this regard, the ECOWAS and UEMOA Institutions have now set up a Regional Organization Committee (ROC) to coordinate the activities of ECOFEST 2019. The committee will also determine its attributions, composition and mode of operation. Participants were agreed on the launch of ECOFEST with effective communication and befitting sideline events, ceremonies, artistic and traditional performances, visual arts, c..
October 15, 2018


Six new personalities presented their letters of credence to the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean-Claude Kassi Brou on 9 October 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and Alhaji Rashid Bawa of Ghana They were the High Commissioners of Ghana and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Alhaji Rashi Bawa and T. Raeenthiran respectively, Ambassadors of Egypt, Assem Mohammed Elseify, North Korea, Jon Tong Chol, Mali, Moustapha Traoré, as well as the country representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, Suffyan Koroma. Suffyan Koroma of FAO and Jean-Claude Kassi Brou Accepting their letters of credence, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou congratulated them on their appointments and pledged his support for successful tour of duty. He reviewed the status of cooperation between their respective institutions and countries and the regional organisation. He enjoined them to initiate new projects to enhance ..
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