September 25, 2018

ECOWAS begins main planning conference for its Command Post Exercise- JIGUI IV

l-r Phidelia Amey, Col. Ollo Alain Pale, Dr. Chijioke W. Wigwe, Dr, Cyriaque Agynekethom, Major General PJ Dauke, Major Gen.Hassan Lai and Major General Usman Yusuf Abuja, 24th September 2018 . The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in its bid to test the capacity of its Standby Force (ESF) to conduct strategic and operational level planning for multidimensional Peace Support Operations (PSO) in the region has commenced the Main Planning Conference (MPC) for its Command Post Exercise (CPX) Code-name JIGUI IV scheduled to hold in 2019. The 5-day MPC which began on 24th September 2018 at the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja, Nigeria will see representatives from Members States and ECOWAS Training Centres of Excellence (TCE) finalize the Exercise Plan for the CPX. The participants are also expected to work in syndicate groups to further develop the exercise scenario, assess technical details such as Communication and Information Services (CIS), the public informat..
September 24, 2018

ECOWAS adopts design scheme for the development of a new Headquarters complex for the Commission

L-r – Vice President Finda Koroma, the Chairman, Musa Nuhu and Mr. Vafolay Tulay Abuja, 22nd September 2018. Ministers for Infrastructure, Works and Housing form Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have adopted a design scheme for the development of a new Headquarters complex for the Commission that will be built in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria- Abuja by the Chinese government through a $31.5 million grant. The meeting of the ad-hoc Ministerial Committee on the construction of Community institutions which held on 22nd September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, saw their representatives adopt a design scheme in order to commence the development of the final design which will be produced with the input of the Commission and Member States. The ECOWAS Commission’s commissioner for General Administration and Conferences Vafolay Tulay, who presented three design schemes to the Ministers, stated that criteria such as site optimization, functionality, s..
September 23, 2018

ECOWAS forum urges modernisation of hydromet and disaster risk management services

Commissioner Jagne reading the communique Abidjan, 21 September 2018. Representatives of ECOWAS Member States’ institutions, in conjunction with disaster and climate resilience building stakeholders, have urged for a modernization of hydromet and disaster risk management services in West Africa. The meteorology, hydrology and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) stakeholders are also requesting in this regard, the scaling up of efforts by the development partners including the World Bank, European Union (EU), and other United Nations (UN) organisations, in line with needs and priorities expressed by ECOWAS, Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), River Basin Organizations as well as national governments in the region. A set of far-reaching recommendations made at the end of their 3-Day regional hydromet Forum and DRR platform in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on the evening of the 21st of September 2018, bordered on the need for firmer political commitment, resource..
September 20, 2018

ECOWAS Commission calls for energised regional leadership on meteorological, hydrological and climate services

Commissioner Sekou Sangare with an official Abidjan, 19th September 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called for an energised leadership that can strengthen meteorological, hydrological and climate services to meet the aspiration of the over 300 million people of West Africa. Making the call at the start of a three-Day regional hydromet Forum and a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) platform in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on the 19th of September 2018, the Commission’s Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender Siga Fatima Jagne said it has become imperative for the regional leadership to have “a collective focus of undivided attention” in this regard. The twin event is organized by the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire, the World Bank and other relevant partners to engender a safer, healthier environment and a greater capacity for resilience of the citizenry in the face of prevalent natural upheavals. Commiss..
September 19, 2018

ECOWAS calls for increased coordination to address security and developmental challenges in Sahel region

R-L H.E. Pierre Buyoya, General Francis Behanzin Representing President of the ECOWAS Commission and Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas Abuja, 18th September 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) along with regional and international organizations have reiterated their commitment to addressing challenges such as terrorism, climate change, poverty, food insecurity and illicit trafficking in the Sahel region by harmonizing their approaches and improving coordination in the implementation of their strategies. This was the major recommendation of a high level meeting of regional organizations on the Sahel which held in Abuja, Nigeria on 18th September, 2018. The meeting which was organized in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) called for advocacy policies to facilitate the mobilization of resources from regional and international partners to support joint programs and projects in the..
September 18, 2018

2017 Member States’ macroeconomic convergence on the agenda of the 40th WAMZ council meeting

Group Photo of ZMAO Central Banks gouvernors Abuja, 15 September 2018 . The 40th statutory meeting of the Council of Ministers of Member States of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) was held on 14 September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, and attended by central bank governors, the representative of the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and several other dignitaries. During the meeting, the ministers reviewed the macroeconomic convergence situation in Member States for 2017 and discussed the achievements and challenges relating to the introduction of the common currency by 2020. The meeting also considered the report of the 37th session of the WAMZ Committee of Central Bank Governors and the status of implementation of previous decisions. On behalf of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, Mamadou Traoré, lauded the collaboration between ECOWAS and WAMZ..
September 18, 2018

ECOWAS meeting of experts of regional organisations on the Sahel opens in Abuja

Commissioner Apraku (M) Mamadou Diarrah (R) and Madjiguene Dia (L) Abuja 17th September 2018. The Meeting of experts of the regional organisations on the Sahel being convened by the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) opened in Abuja, Nigeria on the 17th of September 2018. Organised by the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), the meeting is meant to stakeholders on recent institutional development in the Sahel, Identify priorities and opportunities for joint projects and their implementation challenges, while developing both a framework for effective resource mobilisation and a pathway for their efficient execution. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Macroeconomic Policy and Economic Research Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku noted that the Sahel region is inhabited by over 300 million people across while 7 of its 10 countries a..
September 17, 2018

ECOWAS, Interpol to conduct training on uniform standards for crime statistics usage

Abuja, 14th September 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) are to conduct training of National Focal Points on uniform standards for gathering, reporting and sharing of crime statistics. This is part of the outcomes of the Two-Day West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) technical sub-committee meeting on training and coordination which ended on the 13th of September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. Following the meeting, INTERPOL and the ECOWAS Commission are also to continuously support joint training and operations for Law Enforcement Agents, taking gender into consideration. On their part, Member States will be required to submit quarterly report on crime statistics to the ECOWAS Commission through the Permanent Secretariat of WAPCCO while participants from Member States are to serve as primary or secondary focal points to ensure, support and coordination of crime statistics report to WAPC..
September 16, 2018

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, sets new world record for men’s marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record for the men’s marathon on Sunday, clocking 2hr 01min 39sec to improve the previous world mark by more […]
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