A 3-Day technical Workshop for the finalisation of the West African Festival of Arts and Culture (ECOFEST), 2019 commenced in Abuja, Nigeria on the 8th of October 2018.
Commissioner Amado (M) Mr. Diasso (L) and Prof Abdoulaye Maga (R) Opening the Workshop, the Commissioner for Science and Culture of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Professor Leopoldo Amado said the participants have been brought together for an examination of the major propositions of the ECOWAS regional policy on culture.
Stressing that the ECOFEST project has been long awaited, he maintained that it is a product of the “synergy of actions” between the Commission of ECOWAS and that of the West African Monetary Union (WAEMU).
According to Commissioner Amado, ECOFEST promises to be a “multidisciplinary market for the Region” and although far from reflecting the ambition of some major events in the past, like FESTAC in Nigeria (1977) or the World Festival of Negro Arts (FESMAN) ..
Tèi Konzi (m), ECOWAS Director, of Customs Salifou Tiemtore, Amanda Bissong (r), Aboubakar Cisse (L) and Mr. Musa Nuhu Abuja, 3rd October, 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is looking forward to a more dynamic and flexible rules of origin which takes into account the interests of the economic operators in the region.
This disclosure was made by the Commission’s Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement Mr. Tèi Konzi at the opening of the Three-Day regional meeting of national experts on community rules of origin of ECOWAS in Abuja, Nigeria on the 3rd of October 2018.
The Commissioner told the national experts that it has become imperative to update the scheme through modifications, as the ECOWAS Commission cannot remain on the sidelines of all the development taking place within the context of the trade environment in which it operates.
According to the Commissioner, the developments which have brought about some changes include t..
R-L Mr. Tiemtore Salifou, Director of Customs, ECOWAS, Mr. Tei Konzi, Paul Koffi Koffi, and Mrs. Kabran Tiemoko Rose, UEMOA Abuja, 29th September 2018. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and development partners held their first steering committee meeting for the West Africa Trade Facilitation Programme which aims to improve trade facilitation measures and increase intra-regional trade in West Africa on 27th September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The meeting witnessed the approval of the work plan for the first year of the programme, the establishment of its governance structure and its communication strategy.
The ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement, Tèi Konzi during the meeting stated that the West Africa Trade Facilitation Programme being a multi donor imitative showcases the importance placed on economic integration by the international community.
The Commissioner urged the dono..
l-r Amb. Dr.Chijioke W. Wigwe, Provost, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, NDC_ Major General Abuja, 28th September 2018 . The Directorate of Peace Keeping and Regional Security of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in collaboration with Member States, Training Centres of Excellence (TCEs), the African Union (AU) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) conducted the Main Planning Conference (MPC) for its Command Post Exercise (CPX) – JIGUI IV, which aims to test the Full Operational Capacity (FOC) of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF).
The 5-day meeting which ended on 28th September 2018 at the National Defence College in Abuja, Nigeria saw participants develop the Exercise plan, Exercise Structure and further develop the CARANA Scenario which is being used for the CPX.
The conference also availed participants the opportunity to further develop the technical communication plans for the Exercise, its public inform..
Dr. Bolanle Adetoun (L) and madam Aisha Usman Abuja, 26th of September, 2018. A two-Day technical meeting on the operationalization of the Child Protection Framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commenced on the 26th of September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The meeting is meant among others, to examine ways of popularising the ECOWAS Strategic Framework for Strengthening National Child Protection Systems to prevent and respond to violence, abuse as well as exploitation against children in West Africa.
In her opening remarks, the ECOWAS Commission’s Director, Gender Dr. Sintiki Ugbe noted that as a cross-cutting issue, child protection also has human rights connection with corresponding implications for the physical, social and mental development of the child.
Represented by the Principal Programme Officer, Gender and Child Dr. Bolanle Adetoun, she maintained that child protection response must necessarily percolate to all segments of the society beginning fr..