Economic Community of West African States

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Economic Community of West African States

Also called ECOWAS. An organization founded to promote economic integration among 15 countries in West Africa. Institutionally, it is modeled on the European Union, with a Commission, Parliament, and Court of Justice. ECOWAS controls a development bank and works to reduce barriers between member nations. It was founded in 1975.
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Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, the ECOWAS president affirmed that he was at the presidential villa to thank President Buhari for the support he has continuously given to ECOWAS.
He pointed out that the reform is aimed at repositioning ECOWAS on the African and international scenes by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of its institutions, and implementing programmes in keeping with the Communitys Integration Agenda.
So it is a good checkpoint for monitoring transit between Nigeria and its bordering countries and the aspiration of the government and ECOWAS is that, that corridor will minimise the hold ups that we have been having in that corridor and all the checkpoints and all manner of things that are creating impediment over the proper utilization of that corridor' she concluded.
The BBC has reported a senior ECOWAS source as stating that Morocco, along with Tunisia and Mauritania which are seeking observer status and a return to the body respectively, will be invited to the next meeting of heads of state in Togo in December.
Prior to his appointment as President of the ECOWAS Commission, he was Head of the Department of Economic and Financial Affairs and Special Advisor on Monetary and Banking Affairs to the President of the Republic of Benin.
Senegal president Macky Sall who is the ECOWAS chairman, urged both sides to come to a compromise as soon as possible to minimize bloodshed.
The kick-off meeting was held in Abuja with experts from Penspen and a team of Ecowas headed by Bayaornibe Dabire, director of Energy, Ecowas Commission who quoted in his opening remarks the importance of WAGP and the need for its extension as an opportunity to meet energy demand in the region.
ECOWAS, along with other stakeholders, have had to come in to assist these countries.
The 41 male and 23 female youths from Benin, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo are beneficiaries of the 2014 Edition of the capacity building and skills acquisition programme by the ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre (EYSDC), based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The ECOWAS group (Economic Community of West African States) has intervened directly with high-level visits to Burkina Faso in an attempt to broker a deal between opposing factions and get a lifting of the suspended constitution there.
com)-- Declaring open the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly of Health Ministers of ECOWAS at the City Hall, the President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, told participants that achieving Universal Health Coverage by ECOWAS countries is a daunting task not only because it takes time and perseverance, it also involves accessibility, affordability and quality of service.
After years of deliberations and modifications, the Authority of Heads of State and Government, during an extraordinary summit in Dakar on October 25, 2013, agreed that the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET), which they had adopted in 2006, would finally come into operation from January 1, 2015.