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..
September 5, 2018

Constituency for Africa: Making the Case for Fair, Effective, and Balanced U.S.-Africa Policy

CONSTITUENCY FOR AFRICA COLLABORATES WITH THE AFRICAN UNION AND THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY’S ELLIOTT SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS FOR THE 2018 RONALD H. BROWN AFRICAN AFFAIRS […]
September 5, 2018

ECOWAS to improve mutual administrative assistance and cooperation between Customs services of Member States

r-l Mr. Dimka Victor David, Mr. Tei KONZI and Mr. Salifou Tiemtore ECOWAS Director for Customs Abuja, 3rd September 2018 . Experts from the Customs sector of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commenced a three day meeting on 3rd September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria in order to review and adopt a draft Supplementary Act on mutual administrative assistance and cooperation between customs administrations among Member States. The Supplementary Act which seeks to improve the exchange of information and increased cooperation between Customs administrations of the sub-region is a follow up from Protocol A/P5/5/82 called the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters which ECOWAS signed on 29 May 1982. The ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free movement, Tèi Konzi in his opening remarks noted that the supplementary act had become necessary as even after its definitive entry into force as of 2nd April 1985 the Convention has not be..
September 4, 2018

A HEROIC LEADER: PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari, our heroic leader. If people with poor vision and thoughtless mind cannot see the great job he has done, it will be great […]
August 31, 2018

Mauritius Becomes the 30th Shareholder of Africa50

Casablanca, 29 August 2018: – Africa50, the pan-African investment platform, announced on Tuesday that the Republic of Mauritius became its 30th shareholder. Dharam Dev Manraj Gosh, Mauritian Minister of […]
August 31, 2018

ECOWAS COMMISSION PRESIDENT HOLDS BILATERAL TALKS WITH GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL

The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jean-Claude Kassi Brou received the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Angela Merkel to the Commission Headquarters on the 31st of August, 2018. Chancellor Merkel and her entourage arrived at the ECOWAS Commission premises at 9.05 am. She held bilateral talks with President Brou, and key officials of the ECOWAS Commission. The leaders discussed a wide range of isues relating to ECOWAS-German cooperation, the main missions and achievements of ECOWAS since inception, the community priorities for integration and development as well as the future direction of the ECOWAS-Germany relations. President Brou congratulated the Chancellor Merkel for her able leadership both in Europe and globally on issues such as peace and democracy and expressed his sincere gratitude to the Chancellor for visiting the Commission, for the second time (after her first coming in 2011). During the bilateral..
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