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Ecowas agrees to admit Morocco to West African body. West African regional group Ecowas has in principle approved Morocco's membership application despite the country being in North Africa.

Ecowas agrees to admit Morocco to West African body

But Ecowas leaders meeting in Liberia said the implications of its membership still needed to be considered before Morocco could formally join. King Mohammed VI was not at the summit because Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been invited. Morocco's application comes after it rejoined the African Union in January. Morocco left the continental body in 1984 after it recognised the independence of Western Sahara. Africa Live: Updates on African news throughout the day.

West Africa: Ecowas Free Movement and Migration Project Launched in Accra. Photo: Uneca (File photo).

West Africa: Ecowas Free Movement and Migration Project Launched in Accra

All citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) can leave and enter any ECOWAS country and reside in it without any hindrance, Minister for Information, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, has disclosed. Nigeria: Destination of choice for W. African immigrants. Free roaming goes live in five West African countries.

Published on 31 March 2017 By Olusegun Ogundeji In line with the outcome of a meeting held in Kigali in April 2016, where African telecom regulatory authorities adopted the regional framework known as the African One Network, a free roaming project has been launched on Thursday 30 March 2017 among five West African countries.

Free roaming goes live in five West African countries

Accordingly, as from 31 March, calls made between nationals of Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Togo will be patched through a single network that allows for calls to be made and received at local rates, without roaming charges. West Africa: Ecowas Data Receiving Satellite in Accra to Monitor Fisheries Resources in Sub-Region. By Victor Owusu-Bediako The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has commissioned an earth observation data receiving satellite in Accra as part of measures to ensure sustainable use of fisheries resources in the sub-region.

West Africa: Ecowas Data Receiving Satellite in Accra to Monitor Fisheries Resources in Sub-Region

It will also be used to collect and provide fishermen with information to ensure their safety while at sea. The commissioning of the satellite formed part of the implementation of the ECOWAS Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) project, initiated in 2010 to ensure continuity of past investments on the use of earth observation data in Africa, among other objectives. MESA is an ECOWAS initiative funded by the European Union to provide member countries with innovative tools to help manage fisheries resources effectively, among other objectives. The satellite is located at the ECOWAS Coastal and Marine Resources Management Centre at the University of Ghana, Legon. Steering Committee meeting Remarks. Liberia: Abidjan-Dakar Highway Construction in Sight. By Joaquin Sendolo Phase II of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) experts meeting to construct a six-lane road to connect seven coastal countries in West Africa will end today in Monrovia.

Liberia: Abidjan-Dakar Highway Construction in Sight

The meeting, which began March 1, 2017, expects experts to give an update about implementation status of the highway. The experts are also expected to present a draft architecture design of the road outlook and adopt a final report, which they will take to a ministerial meeting at a later date. The highway referred to as "Dakar-Abidjan Road Corridor," begins from Dakar, Senegal to Abidjan, the Ivory Coast, is estimated at US$13 billion. Countries to benefit along the West African coast will include La Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia and Senegal.

This project, according to Dr. The other side of the Trans-Africa Highway, which has already been constructed, covers Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Togo and Nigeria. West Africa: Satellite TV Winning Increasing Market Share in Ghana and Looks Set to Do the Same in Nigeria. London — Satellite operator SES has set up TV satellite platforms in West Africa.

West Africa: Satellite TV Winning Increasing Market Share in Ghana and Looks Set to Do the Same in Nigeria

As part of that work, it carried out two national surveys, one in Ghana and the other in Nigeria. West Africa Oil Exports To Asia Surge To Fill In OPEC Supply Gap. West Africa is becoming the latest oil exporting region to take advantage of the OPEC supply-cut deal and ship increased volumes of crude to the world’s highest-demand market: Asia.

West Africa Oil Exports To Asia Surge To Fill In OPEC Supply Gap

According to data from traders compiled by Bloomberg, West African oil producers – led by Nigeria and Angola – are loading to ship as many as 2.19 million bpd to Asia in February - the highest level in at least five and a half years - compared with around 1.79 million bpd of oil sent in January. The February loading data could be even higher because traders Trafigura and Vitol still hold 3.74 million barrels that will probably be sent to Asia as well, traders with knowledge of the programs told Bloomberg.

China and India would be the largest buyers of the West African shipments, as refineries across Asia are trying to accommodate decreased supplies from OPEC – which along with production cuts has reduced shipments to some selected clients – with oil from other exporters. West Africa stock exchanges’ integration: What prospect for Nigeria? By Nkiruka Nnorom FOR some time, there have been talks about integration of key stock exchanges across West African region to facilitate cross-border listing and region-wide securities tradings.

West Africa stock exchanges’ integration: What prospect for Nigeria?

The Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, has been an advocate and supporter of this move, which is believed would create broader and deeper liquidity for the stock exchanges. The plan, if successfully implemented, will bring the region in tune with the practice in some other jurisdictions around the world where their exchanges have since harmonized and integrated their operations. Alternative Renewable Energy Sources in West Africa [Data 2013] by Country. West Africa: 60 Percent of Stateless Persons in West Africa Are Women - NHRC. West Africa: 60 Percent of Stateless Persons in West Africa Are Women - NHRC. WAMA - Data and Statistics.

West Africa: Nigerians Make Up More of 750,000 Stateless West Africans. By Chineme Okafor Abuja — The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) has said that by virtue of Nigeria's population and emergence of insurgency in the North East in 2009, the country currently contributes more to the 750,000 people that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said are without legal bond to any state in the West African region.

West Africa: Nigerians Make Up More of 750,000 Stateless West Africans

Speaking in Abuja during the recent launch of the outcome of its mapping of stateless persons and persons at risk of statelessness in North Eastern states of Nigeria, the Acting General Secretary of WACSOF, Auwal Ibrahim Musa aka Rafsanjani, stated that currently, there are no specific data on how many Nigerians have been rendered stateless by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, but that the number was huge.

According to him, the survey, which was done with support from UNHCR, identified that with the return of Nigeria to democracy in 1999, statelessness became an apparent national issue with clear evidences. Untitled. A West African bloc has called on Nigeria to undergo “necessary structural reforms” to improve its economy.

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This comes as a collapse in oil and commodity prices continue to cripple economic growth in the nation. Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS meeting in the Nigerian capital said Nigeria and other member countries should “take appropriate economic and financial stimulus measures in order to be less vulnerable to commodity price fluctuations and improve their economies’ resilience to exogenous shocks.” Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma on Monday said the Federal Government’s 2016 revenues have been relatively low owing to the sharp decline in oil production. The Minister was speaking during the public presentation of the 2017 Federal Budget Proposal, tagged “The Budget Of Recovery And Growth” at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

President Muhammadu Buhari last week presented Nigeria’s 2017 Budget to the National assembly. Renewable Energy Hub For ECOWAS Will Be Nigeria. -Advertisement- Nigus Investments, working with German renewable solutions provider LTI ReEnergy and support of NIPC (Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission) have completed plans with the Federal Government to build five 100 MWp solar power plants worth $600 million in North-Eastern states of Nigeria, and aim to set up the renewable energy hub in Sebore Export Processing Zone in Adamawa State. World Bank estimates that Nigeria would require some 20.000 MW to run its economy of 170 million people, but the country can barely generate 4.500 MW . Continuing on the projects timeline Chris Voet, Chief Sales Officer at LTI ReEnergy expects breaking ground of the first 100MW project in Adamawa State in Q1/2017 and the subsequent one in Q2/2017.

“We are honored that we can contribute to the solar boom in Nigeria and joining the renewable energy production hub in the country as it is a part of our ‘German heart and local content’ strategy” – he added. ECOWAS central bank govs meet over single currency. NigExit: Senate urges FG to leave ECOWAS - Daily Post Nigeria. The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government (FG) to suspend forthwith, the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) and ECOWAS Common External Tariffs (CET) that Nigeria entered into in year 2000. The Senate wants Nigeria to pull out of the two economic treaties as a result of what it considers to be a “breach of ECOWAS Protocols and Economic sabotage.” This resolution followed a motion moved by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Senator Hope Uzodinnma.

Uzodinnma noted with serious concern, the abuse of customs tariff as well as other nefarious fiscal policies by other member states to the detriment of the Nigerian economy. CEDEAO : Une Task force installée pour accélérer la mise en œuvre du Schéma de (...) Mint Works with BRM to Bring Digital Currency to West Africa. ECurrency Mint has joined hands with the Banque Regionale de Marches (BRM) to offer a new form of digital currency to the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). The coin is called eCFA, and can be used on a number of financial platforms within the region. Blockchain technology and digital currency is earing newfound support in Africa. Recently, South African blockchain magnate Custos Media Technologies completed a successful fundraising round that garnered nearly half-a-million in revenue to expand the company’s battleground.

The company has recently committed to ending movie piracy for good with a little help from bitcoin. Additionally, Bidorbuy (the continent’s equivalent of online retailer eBay) has agreed to accept bitcoin payments for goods and services, and Ghana is paving the way for bitcoin farming. Founder and CEO of eCurrency Jonathan Dharmapalan expressed his enthusiasm towards the company’s recent decision, stating: La CEDEAO met tout son poids dans l’avancée du projet d’autoroute Abidjan-Lagos. (Agence Ecofin) - Initié il y a une vingtaine d’années, le projet d’autoroute Abidjan-Lagos a déjà fait l’objet, en décembre 2013, à Yamoussoukro, d’une réunion du Comité d’experts et des ministres des pays concernés : Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin et Nigeria.

Il s’agissait alors de dépasser les lourdeurs pour doter la sous-régon d’une infrastructure que chacun s’accorde à reconnaître indispensable pour l’intégration économique, le développemet des échanges et la mobilité des citoyens. Six mois plus tard, en juillet 2014, le ministre nigérian des Travaux publics, Mike Oziegbe Onolememen, annonçait le déblocage de 50 millions de dollars pour amorcer le projet « en attendant que chacun des cinq pays concernés par le corridor apporte sa part de contribution.»

Depuis ce temps, rien n’a avancé. « On a assez traîné ! eCurrency BRM launch digital currency in West Africa. eCurrency has partnered with Banque Régionale de Marchés (BRM) to provide a digital currency in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). BRM will issue the digital tender, eCFA, in compliance with e-money regulations of Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO), the Central Bank of WAEMU. Distribution will begin in Senegal and will be extended in a second phase to Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau.

After delivering West Africa’s largest data centre, MainOne offers more. Minkels, part of the publicly traded company Legrand, has been chosen as data centre supplier for MainOne, premier West African connectivity and data center solutions company. MainOne blazed a trail in Africa with its undersea fibre optic cable connecting West Africa to Europe and the construction of West Africa’s largest commercial Tier III+ Data Centre, MDXi.

MainOne observed a strong market demand for a world class, carrier-neutral co-location data center in Nigeria in 2012. “The market demand rapidly outstripped the co-location space in our landing station and necessitated the construction of a purpose built Tier III facility with 600 rack capacity,” Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne, said. Dangote to become oil and gas giant in Africa. From George-Ramsey Benamba, GNA Special Correspondent, Lagos Lagos, Oct. 11, GNA - Dangote Group of Companies, renowned in the production and distribution of cement in the West African sub-region are now wading into the oil and gas sector and is envisaged to have the largest oil refinery company in Africa.

The $ 16 billion world class refinery/ Petrochemical complex comprise a refinery, petrochemical and fertilizer plants. Zuma, Kenyatta to sign bilateral agreements on trade, immigration & security. Fashionistas gather in Accra, Ivory Coast. How Lebanese migrants helped shape West Africa. Historian Andrew Arsan talks about the contribution of the people from Lebanon during the colonial history of this region. AXLE OVERLOAD. Mauritanie: Réintégrer la CEDEAO est une nécessité. Nigeria: Republic of Guinea donates 12 Rice varieties. 20120328 ESM West African Power Pool. Country Papers - Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute. Nigeriacamera.net. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has taken a position that the introduction of single currency by West African states would promote economic integration and faster progress within the region.

Baba Obasanjo said this while playing host to the President of ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza, at his Hilltop Estate, Abeokuta. The former president said “We have decided that our unit of currency will be ‘Eco’, let us now start using Eco, let Eco become our unit of currency. Single currency unit for ECOWAS states will bring about more development and growth among the states.” The former president also said that a deeper economic integration among members of the ECOWAS would gradually stem the tide of youths’ unemployment in the region.

WestAfricaRegionalFTFMulti YearStrategy. Rice Farming: As cities swell, West Africa’s appetite for rice follows suit - Agriculture. Rice harvests in West Africa will probably reach an all-time high of 14.9 million metric tons this year, up from 14.6 million tons last year, when Senegal and Ghana produced record crops, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Mali’s crop is forecast to expand about 8 percent, while output in several countries including Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone has climbed every year since 2011, the organization said. ‎Chadian economy shrinks by 50% after Nigeria closed border- C. 2013 Octobre West Africa Agricultural Trade Flow Report English 2. West Africa is the continent’s gold mining hub - Mineweb. Imtfi patenaude final report. ECOWAS REGIONAL TRADE & TRANSPORT FACILITATION INITIATIVES PowerPoint Presentation - ID:2947122.

Is a Single Currency in West Africa's Future? Alternative Renewable Energy Sources in West Africa [Data 2013] by Country. Infrastructure: connect Mali, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso by road. A comparative study of import transit corridors of landlocked cou. No more visas from July 2016 – Gov’t assures ECOWAS citizens. Regional integration: ECOWAS ranks third out of eight blocs. Ghana and Ivory Coast want a bigger cut of world chocolate billions—why their 'CHOCPEC' tie-up could be a game changer. West Africa: Nigeria to Become Region's Internet Transmission Hub. 30 million Nigerians, Cameroonians, Nigerien, Chadians may lose means of livelihood to Lake Chad if – Experts warn. Nigeria broadband plan to cater for WATRA countries, says NCC. In West Africa, a rising middle class takes brunt of luxury hotel attacks.

Côte d’Ivoire overtakes Nigeria as best bet for investors in Africa. Africa Business Prospect Indicator Report 2015: Ivory Coast beats Ghana in top African investment destinations - Business. Antibody from human survivor shows promise against Ebola. Lake Chad countries seek US$531 million to assist 5.2 million people. Feasibility study of the Lagos-Dakar corridor missing links. 3 ATWA Stage 1 Part 2 Corridor Selection Final.

Abidjan bamako multimodal 19949. Agreement signed for new Lagos-Dakar highway. Ghana bans goods from Nigeria, other countries. Despite challenges, West Africa looks towards a brighter future. Sierra Leone: Ivory Coast Offers 83MW Electricity for Sale to Salone, Others. West Africa looks at hedging against falling oil prices. REPORTERS - Video: Welcome aboard the West African Express. West Africa: Senegal, Benin Begin Issuance of Ecowas Biometric ID Cards. Firms Relocating To Cote d'Ivoire Over Economic Crisis. Rice is king in west and central Africa. ECOAGRIS Project. Kasapreko inaugurates $70m factory.