December 10, 2018

ECOWAS Ministers back call for Mobilisation of Resources in aid of Science, Technology and Innonation

Group photograph of ministers, officials and Representatives Cotonou, 8th December 2018. Ministers in charge of Science Technology and Innovation (STI) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have backed the call for mobilization of resources in aid of the sector. The Ministers gave their endorsement at the 3rd meeting of the ECOWAS Ministers of STI which held on the 8th of December in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. In this regard, they maintained that the implementation of the plans of action has become imperative in order for STI to take its pride of place in regional development. Declaring the meeting open, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Benin, Professor Marie Odile Attanasso noted that the time has come for the engagement of STI for the structural transformation of the economies of the region. She disclosed that through the various programmes introduced by the government of Benin, including the establishment of the Nat..
December 5, 2018

Science, Technology and Innovation Experts meet on way forward for ECOWAS’ Regional Development

L-R Dr. Roland Kouakou, Professor Abdoulaye Isiaka Maga, Commissioner Amado, Minister Attanasso and Dr. Osuji Otu Cotonou, 5th December 2018. Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) experts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have begun their meeting on the way forward for the advancement of the region, on the 5th of December 2018 in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. Addressing delegates and participants at the opening of the meeting, the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Culture, Professor Leopoldo Amado stated that in making practical commitment to integration and development, within the purview of its vision 2020, the Commission is in the vanguard of the construction of an economic, monetary and commercial union. Through the right steps in STI, the Commission will also strengthen regional security, consolidate peace and democracy, promote sustainable development and engender poverty reduction. And in all of these, he stressed that “Sci..
December 4, 2018

Africa50 Acquires 15% of the Equity in Landmark €1.2 Billion Nachtigal Hydropower Plant in Cameroon

Yaoundé, 4 December, 2018 – Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, has acquired 15% of the equity stake in the Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC) which runs […]
December 2, 2018

Africa50, Energy Futures Initiative, announce the U.S. launch of Report on Natural Gas in Africa

Washington D.C., 30 November 2018. Africa50, in partnership with Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) has announced the U.S. launch of the gas report Investing in Natural Gas for Africans: Doing […]
December 1, 2018

ECOWAS and Spanish government to collaborate more on human capital developmentECOWAS and Spanish government to collaborate more on human capital development

Handshake of Madam Koroma with Mr. Raimundo Rubio Abuja, 1st December, 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the government of Spain have restated their commitment to greater collaboration in order to build the capacities of citizens in the region. This was made known at a meeting of the Director–General for Africa of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mr. Raimundo Robredo Rubio with the Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Madam Finda Koroma, on the 29th of November 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. Through the instrumentality of Spain-ECOWAS cooperation, the European country is handing out 12 scholarships for the Inter-university Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations, under the Scholarship for Diplomats of EOWAS Countries’ fund. The grant is worth 200,000 Euros. Conferring with the four-man Spanish delegation, Vice President Koroma said in line with best practices, the Commission will be calling for pro..
December 1, 2018

ECOWAS, EU reaffirm commitment to strengthen cooperation

(R-L) Vice president Finda Koroma, President Brou, Mr. Sulaiman and Mr. Fuchs Abuja, 30th November 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU) have agreed to strengthen cooperation in various fields including security, trade liberalisation and investments, human development and political governance. Addressing the opening ceremony of the 22nd ECOWAS-EU Ministerial Political Dialogue held on the 30th of November 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, the President of the ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude Kassi Brou lauded the fruitful partnership between both regions. “I have no doubt in my mind that our sustained mutual cooperation and collaboration will enable the (ECOWAS) region record more successes in on-going attempts to deepen integration, in an atmosphere of peace and stability,” President Brou said. On political and security issues, President Brou noted that despite the fragility in some parts of the region, the sustained commitmen..
November 27, 2018

ECOWAS Commission urges strengthening of cross- border trade through E-commerce

R-L Mr. Salam Sanfo, Commissioner Zouli Boukoungou, Wakili Saidu Executive secretary CREAO, and Bisi Adegbuyi (L) Abuja, 27th November 2018 . The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is committed to boosting cross-border trade through E-Commerce. The Commission’s Commissioner for Telecommunications and Information Technology Dr. Zouli Bonkoungou stated this on the 27th of November 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria while opening a 2-Day regional Workshop on quality of postal services. Commissioner Zouli Bonkoungou told participants that in order for the postal sector to play a role in e-commerce and help stimulate cross-border trade in the sub-region, “postal operators must have the necessary means to achieve and maintain a high level of quality” He maintained that the current trend of an increased wave of migration to the use of ICT, to facilitate socio-economic transactions, also influences the expectations of users who now demand higher quality services. The ..
November 26, 2018

Over 1000 Exhibitors Confirmed for Intra-African Trade Fair in Cairo IATF2018

Cairo, 26 November 2018: – Exhibitor registrations for the inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF 2018) taking place in Cairo in December has reached 1,054, surpassing the target […]
November 26, 2018

Experts begin validation of the ECOWAS Early warning Gender integration manual

Dr. Abdou Lat Gueye (L) and Mr. Diallo (R) Abuja, 26th November 2018. Experts have begun the validation of the Early Warning Gender Integration Manual and Training Modules of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the 26th of November 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria. The two-Day Workshop is meant to review the draft document and ensure that it ultimately serves as a practical guide on integrating gender into the different phases of early warning system of the regional community. The experts will also be ascertaining whether the methodology on hand, employs a gender sensitive lens in data collection, analysis as well as in the formulation and implementation of responses to situations. Welcoming the participants, the Director, Early Warning at the ECOWAS Commission Dr. Abdou Lat Gueye commended the ECOWAS partners including West Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP), United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), gender experts and other supportive or col..
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