Cairo, 11 Oct. 2018: – The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has taken its recently-introduced Afreximbank Trade Facilitation Programme (AFTRAF) to Guinean banks, telling representatives of the Guinean […]
The promotion of access to quality education, training as well as the harmonisation of educational systems are very central to the renewed drive by the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to improve the region’s educational sector.
The President of the ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude Kassi Brou made this known at the opening of a Three-Day West African Education Conference on the 9th of October 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria.
President Brou delivering his speech President Brou told the gathering at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters that the core mandate of the Commission and indeed ECOWAS is to “embark on policies, programmes, projects and activities that enhance the social emancipation, poverty eradication and economic development through cooperation, integration and a common identity”.
He said it was for this reason that the ECOWAS education and training sector was established in 2003 with the objectives of providing all community citizens with greater acc..
The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) through its Directorate of Free Movement has shared good practices in the implementation of its regional protocol in a stakeholders consultation meeting with the African Union (AU) and the East African Community (EAC) with the aim of accelerating the ratification and implementation of the AU free movement protocol by Member States.
The two-day stakeholders meeting which held ended on 10th October 2018 in Dakar, Senegal, also witnessed the recommendation of the harmonization of regional norms and free movement policies with the AU by 2020.
Representing the ECOWAS Commission’s Directorate of Free Movement, Dr.Tony Luka Elumelu also recommended that an agreement should to be enacted which would see the abolishment of Visa requirements amongst AU Member States.
Dr.Elumelu stressed that the requirement of a visa for an African to enter an AU Member State serves as a hindrance to achieving the seamless free movement of ..
The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU), the West Africa Monetary Union (WAEMU) and representatives of West African countries held the first Strategic Steering committee of the West Africa Competitiveness programme on 8th and 9th October 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The programme, with an overall budget of 120 million EURO, will focus on improving the business environment, the regional quality infrastructure, and in particular, the development of national and regional value chains to boost the economic integration and competitiveness of the region.
Building on earlier work and assisted by a number of implementing partners, the Programme will be rolled out in West Africa through concrete actions in individual countries and at the regional level.
In his remarks during the meeting, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, who is also the Chair of the Steering Committee, Mamadou Traore, stated that ..
Dr. Ugbe (L) and Mr. Francis Oke A Two-Day gender and election validation Workshop began on the 9th of October 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The activity is meant to enhance the capacity of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mainstream gender in elections in its 15-Member States.
Specifically, participants are examining the baseline Report on strengthening the regional organisation’s capacity to integrate gender into its peace and security architecture.
Welcoming the subject matter experts and officials of the ECOWAS Commission to the Workshop, the Commission’s Director, Gender Dr. Sintiki Ugbe stated that the task of mainstreaming gender into the electoral process is imperative for engendering good governance and economic development of the region.
Supported by the Head, ECOWAS Electoral Assistance Division Mr. Francis Oke, she stressed that it is in recognition of the fact that elections are important to democracy and good governance that the ECOWAS normative framewo..
Regional experts have validated the draft supplementary Act fixing community rules of origin and procedures applicable to goods originating in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
When adopted, the validation, would among others repeal and replace Protocol A/P.1/01/03 dated 31 January 2003 which had defined the notion of products originating in ECOWAS Member States.
The review and validation are geared towards strengthening the ECOWAS Free Trade Area (FTA) and the idea of having flexible rules of origin in the region.
Alongside the revision of the community rules and procedures, the ECOWAS Commission hopes to update the recognition of origin through the exertions of the national experts in line with the region’s current economic situation.
This is in addition to the simplification of the origin recognition procedure by addressing all the issues that either appear to slow down the procedures or have become obstacles including the facilitation of the Free Movement o..