September 14, 2018

Abuja, 13 September 2018. The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, who is leading a large delegation, arrived Accra, Ghana on Thursday 13 September 2018 for the state funeral of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.In addition to Mr Brou, the delegation includes the Vice-President of the Commission, Mrs. Finda Koroma, senior staff of the organisation, and the Auditor General of ECOWAS institutions, Dr. Alfred Mahamadu Braimah. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou and the accompanying delegation will present ECOWAS condolences to the Ghanaian government and people, as well as to the family of late Kofi Annan. The late Ghanaian diplomat, who died on Saturday, 18 August 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland, at the age of 80, will be buried in the new Accra Military Cemetery. Speaking after a meeting with the family of the deceased, the Ghanaian Head of State, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, stated that it is “the most appro..
September 14, 2018

ECOWAS Commission trains member states’ representatives in fiscal forecasting and revenue mobilisation

L-R Mr. Harouna Ide Soumana, Representative of UEMOA, Commissioner Tèi Konzi and Mr. Salifou Tiemtore, ECOWAS Commission Director of Customs Abuja, 11th September 2018. The ECOWAS Commission is training Member States in fiscal forecasting and revenue mobilization. To this end, a 5-day training workshop is holding in Abuja, Nigeria, from the 10th to the 15th of September, 2018. The Workshop is being organized by ECOWAS Commission, to develop capacities in the Quasi-accounting model for Revenue administrators from ECOWAS Member States, UEMOA as well as the academia. The Director of Customs Mr, Salifou Tiemtore opened the workshop with a welcome message from the Commissioner of Trade, Customs and Free Movement Mr. Tei Konzi. He congratulated Member States for adopting this model and working to actualise the harmonisation of revenue collection and analysis within the community. Group Photograph of Participants after the Cossing Ceremony The representative of Nigeria, Mr. Sanusi Shu’aib..
September 14, 2018

ECOWAS Commission donates relief items to IDPS To Commemorate World Humanitarian Day

Director Iheme (middle) supported by Mrs Bada giving an item to the IDP women leader Kaltumi Abubakar Abuja, 13th September 2018. As part of its commitment to bringing succour to displaced and socially dislocated citizens, the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) donated some relief items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja, Nigeria on the 13th of September 2018. The gesture is in commemoration of the World Humanitarian Day (WHD), marked worldwide at the behest of the United Nations (UN), on the 19th of August 2018, by the Commission in league with other stakeholders such as the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), and the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The items donated by the ECOWAS Commission included bags of rice, cartons of oil as well as tons of clothing materials. Handing over the items to the ..
September 13, 2018

ECOWAS strategizes to curb effects of climate change in the region

Group photograph of participants Abuja, 12th September 2018 . The Scientific and Technical Consultative Group on Climate Change (STCGCC) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have commenced a three-day meeting on 12th September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria in order to develop strategies which will ensure the coordinated and effective use of scientific research to address the challenges of climate change in the region. Members of the STCGCC will also validate the Terms of Reference for the development of a comprehensive regional programme on climate change and the study on its impacts and adaptation costs in agriculture, water resources and the coastal zones in West Africa. In his opening remarks during the meeting, Mr.Bougonou Djeri-Alassani, the ECOWAS Head of Division for Environment Policies and Regulations who represented the Commission’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Sékou Sangare, stated that in West Africa, more than 75% of the po..
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..
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