July 20, 2018

ECOWAS, MIDWA call for improved collaboration on migration in west Africa

A cross section of migration experts during the workshop Abuja, 20th July 2018 . The Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA) in a three-day annual meeting of thematic working groups which ended on 19th July 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, has recommended improved collaboration and synergy between Member States and migration institutions in the areas of border management, immigration data, mixed migration and the return and reintegration of migrants in the region. The thematic working groups which comprise of migration experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mauritania highlighted this as a key factor which will mitigate the effects of illegal migration in region. The ECOWAS Commissions’ Director for Free movement and Tourism, Mr. Albert Siaw Boateng described the workshop as a step in the right direction towards the actualization of a regional migration policy. ‘This will enhance the regional integration and development process in West Africa as well as th..
July 18, 2018

ECOWAS moves to address migration challenges in the region

L-R, Eleni Zerzelidou, Frantz Celestine, Mr. Tei Abuja, 17th July 2018. The Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA) which was inaugurated by the Commission of the Economic community of West African States (ECOWAS) has commenced its second annual meeting of thematic working groups in order to deliberate on border management, immigration data and the return and reintegration of migrants in the region. The Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement of the ECOWAS Commission, Tèi Konzi in his remarks during the opening of the workshop on 17th July 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria stated that there cannot be regional integration without Free Movement of Community citizens which has a direct link and impact on migration. ‘Therefore, the constant assessment of the implementation status on migration will motivate Member States and ensure compliance to the tenets of ECOWAS Migration tests’ he said. A group picture of the participants “In view of the projected positive impact of the MIDWA proc..
July 15, 2018

11TH edition of the Community African Wrestling tournament opens in Niamey

From R to L, Mr. Francis Njoaguani, EYSDC, Prime Minister, Brigi Rafni, Minister of Youths and Sports, Kassoum Moctar Abuja, 13thJuly, 2018. The 11thEdition of the Community African Wrestling Tournament (CAWT) opened in Niamey, Niger on Friday, 13thJuly, 2018 amid ceremonial activities. The yearly Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission sponsored game, organized by the ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre (EYSDC) began with the group preliminary and semi-final matches opposing the twelve participating country teams in the 66kg, 76kg, 86kg, 100kg and 120kg weight categories. During the VIP studded opening ceremony, attended among others, by H.E. Mr. Brigi Rafini Prime Minister of Niger, Mrs. Amina Moumouni and Mr. Sani Maïgochi, Ministers of Energy as well as Post, Telecommunication and Digital Economy respectively, the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Kassoum Moctar expressed Niger’s gratitude to the ECOWAS Commission for its continued support to the hos..
July 13, 2018

Niamey set to host ECOWAS traditional wrestling tournament

From L to R, Mr. Francis Njoaguani and Mr. Kassoum Moctar Abuja, 12thJuly, 2018.The programme of the 11th Edition of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Traditional Wrestling Tournament took off in Niamey, Niger on Thursday, 12thJuly, 2018 with a courtesy visit by the Director of the Youth and Sports Development Centre (EYSDC) of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Francis Njoaguani to debrief the Niger Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Kassoum Moctar on the organizing committee’s preparedness for the yearly games. Welcoming the delegation, Mr. Moctar commended the ECOWAS Commission for its support in organizing the 3-day event. Mr. Moctar also assured the delegation of his ministry’s commitment to host a successful event which started with a technical meeting to conduct medical examination of the 78 Member States candidates for fitness and drug compliance as well as determine their various categories. The event will officially open on Friday, 13thJuly, 2018 with prelimin..
July 11, 2018

Wide-ranging recommendations made to member States and ECOWAS Commission

Lomé, 8 July 2018. The 40th Ordinary Session of the Mediation and Security Council (MSC) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at ministerial level, came to a close on 7 July 2018 in Lomé, Togo, with a number of important recommendations on the political and security situation in the Community. The meeting provided the occasion for participants to consider a number of matters including the political process in some ECOWAS Member States such as Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo. Concerning the political and security situation in the different countries, members of Council made recommendations to the authorities of these countries, as well as to the ECOWAS Commission. The efficient implementation of these recommendations should lead to peace, security and development in the Community area. In addition to security matters, they also discussed the elections and terrorism in the West African region. Consideri..
July 10, 2018

ECOWAS and ECCAS experts meet in Lomé to discuss security issues

Lomé, 9 July 2018. The Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) will meet on 30 July 2018 in Lomé, Togo. They will hold a joint summit to discuss the security situation and adopt a Declaration defining a common approach on peace, security, radicalisation and violent extremism in the two sub-regions. Ahead of the joint summit, a meeting of experts and ministers from the two Communities will be held in the Togolese capital. The ministerial meeting will take place on 28 July 2018 and will be attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs and those in charge of Defence or Security. The meeting will consider and adopt the draft Declaration and the draft joint final communiqué to be issued at the end of the joint summit of leaders of the two Regional Economic Communities. For its part, the meeting of experts will take place on 10 and 11 July 2018, involving two experts from each ECOWAS a..
July 8, 2018

ECOWAS calls for extension of the drug project implementation period

from L to R Mr. Pierre Lapaque (UNODC), Dr. Fatima Jagne (ECOWAS) and Stefania Marrone (EU) Abuja, 6th July 2018. The Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Dr. Siga Fatima Jagne has called for a no cost extension of the “Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on Illicit Drug Trafficking, related Organized Crimes and Drug Abuse in West Africa” project implementation period for 12 months. Speaking during the 5th Project Steering and Coordination Committee (PSCC) meeting of the EU Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on Illicit Drug Trafficking, Related Crimes and Drug Abuse in West Africa, held in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, 5th July, 2018, Dr. Jagne said the extension will help to consolidate the gains so far made under the project as well as maximize the use of the project funds for effective delivery of the projects targets. Dr. Jagne expressed satisfaction with the level of progress that the ECOWAS Commissio..
July 7, 2018

40th session of ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council to review security challenges in the region

Vue of Participants with ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou Lomé, 7 July 2018. The political and security situation in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be the main focus of the 40th ordinary session of the Mediation and Security Council (MSC) at ministerial level, which opened on 7 July 2018 in Lomé, Togo. The meeting, which was held behind closed doors, was presided over by the Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration, and Chair of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council at ministerial level, Prof Robert Dussey. He was joined by Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission, and Francis Awagbè Béhanzin, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security. During deliberations, participants will discuss a wide range of issues, including political developments in some Member States, ECOWAS Missions in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) and The Gambia (ECOMIG), establishment of Maritime Zones F a..
July 6, 2018

ECOWAS Human resources Commissioner presents Pension Scheme to ECREEE

L-R Commissioner Furtado and Dr. Kappiah Praia 6th July 2018. Dr. Jeremias Furtado, the Commissioner for Human Resources of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), paid a working visit to the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in Praia, Carbo Verde present the ECOWAS Pension scheme to staff of the Centre among others. Apart from presenting the scheme, considered as one of the major programmes of the Commission, Commissioner Furtado’s visit was also to get acquainted with the concerns of the staff of the Centre. Commissioner Furtado harped on the importance of the retirement scheme which he described as a critical issue taken care of as it takes into account the “working conditions and the dignity of all of those who dedicated their lives to serve the community” He stressed the significance of working towards achievable collective objectives. He urged staff to be productive and “give the best of their knowledge and abil..
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