October 10, 2018


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 ..
October 10, 2018


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 ..
October 10, 2018


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..
October 9, 2018


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..
October 9, 2018


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) ..
October 4, 2018

ECOWAS Commission urges for a more dynamic and flexible trade rules of origin

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..
October 4, 2018

The 2018 Concordia Annual Summit-Day 1

New York, September 24, 2018 (CABNC-TV)-His Excellency President Paul Kagame gave a groundbreaking keynote speech at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit held at Grand Hyatt New York […]
September 30, 2018

Kosmos Innovation Center wins P3 Impact Award at Concordia Annual Summit

ACCRA – September 24, 2018-The Concordia P3 Impact Award will tomorrow, Tuesday 25 September, announce which of the five finalists has won the 2018 contest. The […]
September 30, 2018

ECOWAS deliberates on west Africa trade facilitation programme

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..
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