Economic Community of West African States


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Economic Community of West African States

(ECOWAS), organization established in 1975 to increase economic cooperation and development in West Africa. Members include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria, ECOWAS has two main institutions: the ECOWAS Commission and the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development; it also has a Community Court of Justice. ECOWAS formulates and implements projects in areas such as transportation, telecommunications, agriculture, water resources, and energy, and also maintains peacekeeping forces in the region.
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Prior to this, however, he reportedly served as the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 2006 to 2009 and the Executive Secretary of ECOWAS from 2002 to 2005.
The African Union has backed a regional West African bloc intervention force of 3300 troops, which will be organized by the Economic Community of West African States, known as Ecowas.
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to provide military and security planners to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and other partners to respond to the request from Mali's transitional authorities for military help to overthrow the Islamists.
The Economic Community of West African States has called on the UN Security Council to back a proposed intervention force for Mali.
Before the expiry of Traore's term, the mediators from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mali's military junta agreed that he should govern the country during the transition period which was fixed at one year.
The UN chief's spokesperson said Mr Ban has continued engaging with regional and other leaders on the situation in Mali, having held conversations with the President of Mauritania, Ould Abdel Aziz; the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou; and the Foreign Minister of Algeria, Mourad Medelci, the President of Ivory Coast and Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Alassane Ouattara; the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaor, who is also the ECOWAS-appointed mediator on Mali; and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping.
The decision to impose visa restrictions follows and supports the decision of the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union to impose similar sanctions", added the statement.
Khartoum, May 28 (SUNA)-Sudan taking part in the celebrations marking the re-election incumbent Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan on May 29Sudan Ambassador to Nigeria, Awad Moursee , has said the Sudan delegation will be led by the Presidential Advisor, Al Sheikh Beesh and that it will draw director of the Department of African Affairs in the Foreign Ministry and Chairman of Protocols, along with Sudan ambassador to NigeriaThe delegation is expected to partake in the meetings of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional group of fifteen West African countriesAH/MABack
establishing the regional institutions of the European Union, the Central American Integration System, the Andean Community of Nations, the Caribbean Community, the Southern Common Market, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, the Southern Africa Development Community, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Pacific Islands Forum.
With the main opposition party [the UFC] expressing concern over possible electoral fraud, forty international observers were deployed by the African Union, 130 by the European Union and 150 civilians and 146 soldiers by the Economic Community of West African States to oversee the elections.
These include assisting the Economic Community of West African States and other African countries that are committed to providing peacekeeping troops in support of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone and supporting the Joint Military Commission's efforts in maintaining the peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Organization of African Unity's efforts in support of military observers in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
The premier will stress the importance of cooperation between regional organizations such as the Organization of African Unity and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as the United Nations and other international bodies in achieving regional stability, they said.

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