July 27, 2018

Jean-Claude Kassi Brou to officially be sworn-in as ECOWAS Commission president on 31 july 2018

Lome, 27 th July 2018. The 53rd ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) scheduled to take place on 31 July 2018 in Lomé, Togo, will also feature the swearing-in of the new President of the regional organisation, Cote d’Ivoire’s Jean-Claude Kassi Brou. It was at the end of their 52nd ordinary session held on 16 December 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria, that the West African leaders allocated the position of ECOWAS Commission President to Cote d’Ivoire. They also approved the appointment of Jean-Claude Kassi Brou to the position for a term of four (4) years, effective 1st March 2018. Until his appointment as President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou was Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Industry and Mines since October 2012. From 1991 to 1995, he served as Economic and Financial Advisor to the Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire. In 1996, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, a position he he..
July 27, 2018

ECOWAS moves to integrate gender into its peace and security architecture

L-R Brigadier General Coulibaly Diabate, consultant, Mr. Joseph Ahoba, Dr. Sintiki Ugbe, ECOWAS Director for Gender Abuja, 26th July 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has commenced the review of its baseline study which seeks to integrate gender dynamics into its peace and security architecture with emphasis on the control component of small arms and light weapons in the region. In a two day meeting which started on Thursday, 26th July 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, the head of the Commission’s Small Arms Division, Mr. Joseph Ahoba, who represented General Francis Behanzin, the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, stated that it is important to mainstream gender balance in the plans and processes of the peace and security sector with special focus on the control and illicit proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs). ‘The effects of conflicts, crisis and security affects both men and women but on the whole, women are..
July 26, 2018

ECOWAS Commission and Switzerland sign agreement on livestock investments

President Brou flanked by Commissioner Singare and ambassador Mayoraz and ECOWAS Director of Legal Mr. Daniel Lago (standing) Abuja, 26th July 2018. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)’ Commission has entered a 3 billion CFA mutually beneficial Agreement with Switzerland to boost livestock investment in the coastal countries within its fold. The president of the ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude Kassi Brou who signed the Agreement with the Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria, Chad, Niger and ECOWAS Eric Mayoraz in Abuja, Nigeria on the 25th of July 2018, stressed the willingness of the Commission to continue its cooperation with the Development Partners towards the economic advancement of the region. In a brief ceremony, which featured appendages of signatures by both parties, the ECOWAS Commission and Switzerland gave commitment to the tenets of the three year Agreement which runs from 2018 to 2021. President Brou who was supported by senior officials of the Commiss..
July 25, 2018

AfDB’s Adesina Says Africa Must Trade Smart

Cairo, 25 July 2018 (CABNC)– The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said that with the rapidly changing world of trade […]
July 24, 2018

ECOWAS, EU partner to ensure peace and security in the sahel region

(L) Madam Finda Koroma discussing with Mr. Angel Losado(R ) Abuja, 24th July 2018. The Vice President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Madam Finda Koroma has proposed that a Memorandum of Understanding between the ECOWAS Commission and the G5 Sahel be signed in the areas of Capacity building, Community Development and Early Warning in order to ensure peace and security in the region. The Vice President stated this while receiving a delegation from the European Union (EU) led by Mr. Angel Losado, the EU Special Representative for the Sahel on 23rd July, 2018 in Abuja Nigeria in order to discuss cooperation between the two organizations on regional and international initiatives for peace and security in the Sahel. Members of the ECOWAS Commission’s staff in attendance of the meeting In order to assist the G5 Sahel which comprises of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad, achieve its aim of security and development in the Sahel region..
July 21, 2018

Afreximbank, ADB Sign Agreement for Grant to Support African Factoring Firms

Abuja, 15 July 2018 (CABNC) – The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has entered into an agreement under which the African Development Bank to provide it with a $500,000 grant […]
July 21, 2018

Davido performs at Afreximbank’ s 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Abuja, 15 July 2018 (CABNCTV) – Multiple awards winner Davido, the singer of some of today’s greatest Afro beats hits, gave a live performance in Abuja on Thursday […]
July 21, 2018

Africa50 receives additional equity investment from Kenya, gains Rwanda as new shareholder

Nairobi, 19 July 2018 (CABNC)-President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya announced yesterday in Nairobi, that his country would double its shareholding in pan-African infrastructure investment platform Africa50, […]
July 20, 2018

ECOWAS Commission urges Israel to support its new integration vision

Vice President Finda Koroma with Iasraeli special envoy Barnea Hassid Abuja 20th of July 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) has urged the State of Israel to support its new vision of agricultural development, the empowerment of women and youth as well as environmental sustainability. Conferring with the Israeli special Envoy for West Africa Mr. Barnea Hassid in Abuja, Nigeria on the 20th of July 2018, Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission Mrs. Finda Koroma stressed the importance of using the tenets of the new vision to grow the economies of the countries of the region by cooperating with technologically advanced countries such as Israel. The Vice President listed other areas where the government of Israel can cooperate with the ECOWAS Commission to include medicine, solar and renewable energy, irrigation, biomass, veterinary expertise etc. According to Mrs. Koroma, the ECOWAS Commission is looking forward to taking the fullest advantage ..
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