September 12, 2018

Staffing meeting on the ECOWAS maritime coordination centres

Abidjan, 7th September, 2018. Staffing Meeting on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Maritime Security Centre (CRESMAO) and the Multinational Maritime Coordination Centres (MMCCs) was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from 05-07 September 2018 to select appropriate staff in line with the provisions of the adopted ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy (EIMS) by the Authority of the Heads of States and Government in March 2014. The adopted Strategy provides for the creation of a Maritime Cell at the ECOWAS Commission Level under the Regional Security Division for political guidance and administrative management purpose, CRESMAO located in Abidjan and MMCCs comprising Pilot Zone E (Benin, Niger, Nigeria and Togo) in Cotonou, Zone F (Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) in Accra and G (Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali and Senegal) in Praia. The opening ceremony was attended by important personalities including the Repres..
September 12, 2018

West African police chiefs committee meet on trans-border crime collaboration

l-r_ Representative of the Interpol,Kedji Abbe, DCP, Selem Amachree, Col. Ollo Alain Pale, representing, C. PAPS Abuja, 11th September 2018. The two-Day Technical Sub – Committee meeting on Training and Operation of the West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) got underway in Abuja, Nigeria on the 11th of September 2018. Among others, the meeting is deliberating on effective coordination of operational police activities in the region with a view to reinforcing regional capacities to effectively combat transnational organized crime. Welcoming participants to the meeting, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), General Francis Behanzin, noted that crime and criminality have continued to pose a big threat to lives and property thereby creating an unconducive environment for meaningful development. This he said is being made worse by the “fast evolution of information technology” which has further sophisticated the platforms and tactic..
September 11, 2018

NIB and Afreximbank sign EUR100 million loan facility

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) have signed a 10-year loan programme of EUR 100 million to finance various infrastructure projects in African […]
September 9, 2018

China Development Bank, Afreximbank in $500 Million Agreement to Support Africa’s Trade Infrastructure

Cairo, 07 Sept. 2018: – China Development Bank (CDB) yesterday in Changsha, China, signed an agreement providing a $500-million facility to the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to […]
September 7, 2018

Regional radio station in Monrovia to effectively cover the 15 ECOWAS Member States by 2022

Dr Zouli Bonkoungou giving his speech Monrovia, 7 September 2018. The regional radio station in Monrovia, Liberia, is expected to cover all Community Member States by 2022. During that period, the production and broadcasting of programmes in English, French and Portuguese will become a reality. It was recommended that by 2020, the coverage of the radio and broadcasting of programmes in the three ECOWAS official languages should be effective in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and Cabo Verde. The projects will continue in 2021 in 5 other countries, and will be completed in 2022 with the remaining 4 countries. These were the main recommendations of the meeting of experts from the Ministries of Information of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on the Community Radio Station, held on 4 and 5 September 2018 in the Liberian capital. Other recommendations from participants included funding, management structure, technical equipment and infras..
September 7, 2018

Experts from Member States Ministries of Information hold consultations on ECOWAS radio

Monrovia, 5 September 2018. Liberia’s acting Minister of Information, Daniel Gayedyu, has stressed the leading role that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Radio can play in information, education and raising awareness for West African citizens. Speaking in Monrovia, Liberia on 4 September 2018, at the opening of the meeting of experts from Ministries of Information in ECOWAS Member States, Mr Gayedyu said that the radio station should further sensitise people in the Community on the ideals of integration and economic development in West African. “ECOWAS Radio has to bridge the information gap on ECOWAS’ roles, values and vision, promote regional peace, security and stability, as well as the economic development of West Africa,” he noted. To this end, he called for its extension to other Member States, the production and broadcasting of its programmes and features in the three ECOWAS official languages namely English, French and Portuguese. He urged delegates of..
September 7, 2018

Regional experts validate supplementary act aimed at improving customs operations in the region

L-R Mr. Tei KONZI and Mr. Dimka Victor David, Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Services Abuja, 7th September 2018. Customs experts from Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have urged the Commission to support the implementation of the Supplementary Act on Mutual Administrative Assistance and Cooperation between Customs Administrations in the region. The experts who met in a three day meeting from 4th to 6th September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria to review and amend the draft Supplementary Act also called for the computerisation of customs offices in Member States for better interconnectivity of Customs computer systems. The ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free movement, Tei Konzi stated that this would help improve the exchange of information and strengthen cooperation amongst Customs operatives in the region. Similarly the Commission’s Director for Customs, Salifou Tiemtore in his presentation to the delegates on the draft Supplemen..
September 6, 2018

Meeting of ECOWAS Maritime Zones Opens in Abidjan

From L – R Mr Nuhu Musa Sant, Ambassador Babacar Carlos, M. Wautabouna Ouattara, Contre-Admiral Djanakaridja Konate and Dr Cyriaque Agnekethom Abidjan, 5th September, 2018. The Staffing Meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Maritime Zones commenced in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on Wednesday, 5th September, 2018, to discuss the nomination of appropriate staff positions for the West African Regional Maritime Security Coordination Centre (CRESMAO) as well as the Zones E, F and G Maritime Multinational Coordination Centres (MMCCs). During the opening ceremony of the event; the Chief of Ivorian Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Djanakaridja Konate, expressed the Ministry of Defense’s delight at the prospects of staffing and operationalization of the Maritme Centres which are key mechanisms towards the fight against Maritime criminalities in the region. The ECOWAS Resident Representative in Cote d’Ivoire, Ambassador Babacar Mbaye speaking on behalf of the Commissioner, Poli..
September 6, 2018

ECOWAS seeks to harmonise Telecommunications/ICT market regulations in the region

L-R Wakili Saidu and Dr.Raphael Koffi Abuja, 5th September 2018 . Representatives from the Ministries of Telecommunications/Information and Communications Technology (ICT) of Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have called for increased cooperation amongst National Regulatory Authorities for the effective regulation of the ICT market. This was one of the major recommendations of delegates during a two-day meeting which concluded on 4th September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting which was convened to review the guidelines on market analysis and evaluation of Significant Market Power (SMP) and the recommendation on relevant market goods and services for the region also called for the Commission to consider regulating Over-The-Top (OTT) services at regional level. The guidelines and recommendations complement the provisions of the Supplementary Act A/SA 2/01/07 on Access and Interconnection to Networks and Services in the ICT sector as envisaged i..
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