July 31, 2018

Final Commnique- Joint Summit Of ECOWAS And ECCAS Heads Of State And Government

JOINT SUMMIT OF ECOWAS AND ECCAS HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT ON PEACE, SECURITY, STABILITY AND THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM Lomé, 30th July 2018 Final communiqué ECOWAS-ECCAS Joint Summit in Lome Photos The panel at the Opening ceremony
July 30, 2018

Pooling efforts for a better response to terrorism in the ECOWAS and ECCAS regions

Lomé, 28 July 2018.The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) must fashion out a global and pragmatic approach in the fight against terrorism, by paying special attention to human security, to problems linked to all kinds of trafficking, the management and exploitation of natural resources and transhumance. This was the appeal made by Régis Immongault Tatangani, Gabon’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, Francophonie and Regional Integration, and Chair of the ECCAS Council of Ministers, on Saturday, 28 July 2018, in Lomé, Togo, at the opening of the Ministerial Meeting preceding the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of both regional economic communities. Beyond this approach, he also indicated that West and Central Africa must work out a common surveillance policy to enhance exchange of strategic intelligence, particularly in the area of early warning. According to Mr Tatangani, the Joint Summi..
July 30, 2018

Kadré Désiré OUEDRAOGO Heads ECOWAS election observation mission to Mali’s presidential polls

Bamako, 25 July 2018 . One-time President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) from March 2012 to June 2016 and erstwhile Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo will lead the regional organisation’s short-term election observation mission to Mali’s presidential election scheduled for 29 July 2018. Mr Ouedraogo is due to arrive in Bamako on Wednesday 25 July 2018. For this election, Ecowas has deployed a 171-member election observation mission of which 150 short-term and 21 long-term, as provided for under the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance relating to Ecowas assistance with and observation of elections. The said protocol authorises Ecowas Commission to support each Member State organising elections. The West African election observation mission deployed to Mali is responsible for monitoring the pre-election, election and post-election phases, to ensure that the electoral process complies with internatio..
July 30, 2018

Experts call for the sensitization of security agencies on salws and gender dynamics in the region

A group picture of participants of the meeting Abuja, 27th July 2018. Experts from National Commissions of Small Arms from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the United Nations (UN) agencies have called for the sensitization of security agencies on the control and illicit proliferation of Small Arms and light Weapons (SALWs) and their effects on gender during conflicts and crisis in the region. This was a key recommendation of a two-day workshop which concluded on Friday, 27th July 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria to review a baseline report on SALWs in order to strengthen ECOWAS operational capacity to integrate gender into its peace and security architecture. The experts also called for ECOWAS Member states to implement all regional and global resolutions regarding the involvement of women in peace and security processes as required by the UN resolution 1325. Furthermore they recommended that lawmakers of Member States be sensitize..
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..
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