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  ECOWAS - Your Window To The Economic Community of West African States
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional organization of 15 west African nations formed in 1975.
The main objective of forming ECOWAS was to achieve economic integration and shared development so as to form a unified economic zone in West Africa.
When ECOWAS was registered in Nigeria in May 1975, there were 15 members in the organization to start with.
www.ecowas.info   (162 words)

As part of attempts to diversify energy sources, ECOWAS drew up a regional programme for the utilisation of renewable energy sources in response particularly to the energy needs of the under-privileged rural areas which are remote from the national electricity grid.
ECOWAS and CILSS are to seek the support of development partners such as UNEP, the GEF and UNSO.
The second meeting of ECOWAS Inter-Ministerial Drug Control Committees (IDCC) held in Banjul from 7 to 11 September, 1998 appraised the implementation of the Regional Plan of Action and adopted the statutes of the ECODRUG FUND, the regional fund set up for drug control activities in West Africa.
www.sec.ecowas.int /sitecedeao/english/achievements-2.htm   (1895 words)

  Economic Community of West African States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded on May 28, 1975 when 15 West African countries signed the Treaty of Lagos.
The ECOWAS Secretariat and the Fund for Cooperation, Compensation and Development are its two main institutions to implement policies.
Member states of ECOWAS are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/ECOWAS   (279 words)

 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
ECOWAS was conceived as a means toward economic integration and development intended to lead to the eventual establishment of an economic union in West Africa, enhancing economic stability and enhancing relations between member states.
The ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) was established initially on an ad hoc basis as a multinational peacekeeping/peace enforcement force, and was the first such group to be established by a regional body.
ECOWAS members are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
www.state.gov /p/af/rls/fs/15437.htm   (490 words)

 ECOWAS Profile
ECOWAS aims to promote co-operation and integration in economic, social and cultural activity, ultimately leading to the establishment of an economic and monetary union through the total integration of the national economies of member states.
ECOWAS integration policies and programmes are influenced by the prevailing economic conditions in its member countries, the need to take the principal provisions of the AEC Treaty into account, and relevant developments on the international scene.
The ten-member Heads of State of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council meets at least twice a year and has the authority to make final decisions on the appropriate measures, policies and mandates to be taken with regard to situations under consideration with a two-thirds majority vote of the Members present.
www.iss.co.za /AF/RegOrg/unity_to_union/ecowasprof.htm   (3627 words)

 Economic Community of West African States
ECOWAS was established to promote cooperation and integration in order to create an economic and monetary union for promoting economic growth and development in West Africa.
ECOWAS has encountered many problems in the process of regionally integrating West Africa, including: political instability and lack of good governance that has plagued many member countries; the insufficient diversification of national economies; the absence of reliable infrastructure; and the multiplicity of organizations for regional integration with the same objectives.
ECOWAS is seeking international support to enable it train and equip the 15 battalions of troops pledged by member states as standby units for its peacekeeping force, ECOMOG.
www.eia.doe.gov /emeu/cabs/ghana.html   (7283 words)

 EUROPA - Rapid - Press Releases   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
ECOWAS also informed the meeting on the progress achieved in the sectoral programmes and on the implementation of the Community levy, which fully entered into force in July 2003 and generates increasing revenues, thereby allowing a better financial coverage of the programmes.
ECOWAS presented the activities it had already taken to implement these recommendations, particularly with regard to strategic planning and thanked the EU for its political, technical and financial assistance in the reinforcement of the organisation's capacities.
ECOWAS and the EU agreed that future EU support should aim to develop a comprehensive peace and security strategy for the region with activities focusing particularly on good governance, cross-border issues and civil society initiatives, in line with the UN Secretary General Report on Ways to Combat Sub-regional and cross-border problems in West Africa (S/2004/200).
europa.eu.int /rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=PRES/04/291&...   (1873 words)

 ECOWAS Credibility Dented in Guinea-Bissau, 5/10/99
ECOWAS, formed in 1975, trumpeted that pact as a sign that the troubled region was on the way to stability after years of bloody wars.
ECOWAS had negotiated the accord, worked hard to win support, and sent more than 700 troops to back the agreement, he said.
ECOWAS, primarily an economic body which intervened militarily in the conflicts in Liberia and Sierra Leone, itself admits there is little it can do if leaders of member countries flout regional agreements.
www.africa.upenn.edu /Newsletters/irinw_51099d.html   (668 words)

 ECOWAS Summit Dakar Senegal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
ECOWAS declared a Three Year Moratorium on the Importation, Exportation and Manufacture of Small Arms & Light Weapons in October, 1998.
In this regard, ECOWAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs directed the Secretariat to arrange an assessment of the Moratorium implementation, to determine the levels of observance, its general impact, and any obstacles to smooth implementation.
ECOWAS Secretariat lacks the capacity to implement the Moratorium.
www.iansa.org /regions/wafrica/ecowas_dakar.htm   (1437 words)

Charter of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in an effort to promote development and improve the welfare of its citizens, commits to the creation of this organization with the long term goal of convergence of interests, liberalization of markets, and growth of opportunities.
ECOWAS aims to promote cooperation and development in economic, social and cultural activity, particularly in the fields for which specialized commissions are appointed to raise the standard of living of the people of the member countries.
The organizational structure of ECOWAS revolves around the Conference of Heads of State and Government made up of all the heads of state from the member countries.
www.geocities.com /nsafrica2/ECOWAS.html   (643 words)

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