Commissioner Defends ECOWAS' Role in Mali

ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Gender, Dr. Adrienne Diop, has affirmed ECOWAS' total involvement in the crisis in Mali and attributed the current global interest in the country to the untiring efforts of West African leaders. Read more»

Sacks of UK-funded rice are loaded for transport from the central river port of Mopti to the northern town of Timbuktu in Mali (file photo).

Stakeholders Commend ECOWAS Peace Support Project, Urge Sustainability

Participants at a just-ended stakeholders' forum held in Monrovia, Liberia, have lauded the multi-million dollar donor support to the ECOWAS for Peace and Development Project (PADEP) for promoting the culture of peace, integration and providing vital humanitarian assistance to populations displaced by conflicts in the region. More»

ECOWAS Election Observer Mission Gets Automated

The Electoral Assistance Division of the ECOWAS Commission has presented a database that will house the records of all professionals in the region in the areas of Election monitoring and evaluation. More»

Call for Accelerated Implementation of African Infrastructure Development Programme

Stakeholders have ended a three-day meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa calling for accelerated implementation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa. More»

Experts Adopt Road Map for Enhancing the Power of Community Parliament

A road map that will ultimately result in the adoption of a Supplementary Act to enhance the powers of the ECOWAS Parliament has been adopted at a multidisciplinary meeting of experts which ended in Accra on Friday, 26th April 2013. More»

Ecowas Agrees On Proposed Lagos-Abidjan Highway

ECOWAS Ministers of Works/Road Infrastructure, Transport, Finance and Justice from Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, ended a one-day meeting in Abuja with an agreement on an implementation plan for the construction of a proposed highway linking Abidjan to Lagos. More»

Minister Canvasses Capacitation of ECOWAS Parliament

Ghana's Attorney General and Minister of Justice has urged experts charged with developing a mechanism for enlarging the powers of the ECOWAS Parliament to come up with concrete proposals that will enable the institution influence community legal instruments. More»


The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in "all fields of economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters." More »

The Institutions of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) are as follows:

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