Ghana’s Akufo Addo elected as new ECOWAS chair

Ghana’s Akufo Addo elected as new ECOWAS chair

President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana has been elected the new head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and will replace outgoing chief Mahamadou Issoufou, his Nigerien counterpart. “I am fully aware of the challenges which confront West Africa,” said Akufo Addo in his acceptance speech,…

ECOWAS to act on Keïta but Mali opposition rejects interference

ECOWAS to act on Keïta but Mali opposition rejects interference

The Economic Community of West African States plans to send another delegation to Mali to address the ongoing coup, but both the new military leadership and main political opposition oppose their intervention. That’s according to reports that the Mouvement du 5 Juin-Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques (M5-RFP) leaders are now aligned…

Keïta resigns amid global appeals for calm in Mali

All eyes are on Mali as President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta announced his resignation late Tuesday, following a tense day that saw a faction of its military rebel and place the president and top officials in detention. The unfolding events are prompting the global community to appeal for calm. “I strongly…

Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS national unity proposal

The Malian opposition continued to demand the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Tuesday, rejecting a national unity plan and related measures proposed following an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit meeting on Mali. The Mouvement du 5 Juin – Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques, led by Mahmoud…

ECOWAS sets new standards for fuel, used vehicle imports

Leaders from the 15 member nations of the West African regional body ECOWAS say they’re pushing for a unified front on improved fuel standards and vehicle emissions, as part of the effort to address climate goals. They’ve decided to establish a shared regional standard for petrol and diesel, limiting the…

Ghana wants in on the ECO, urges ECOWAS nations to follow

The Government of Ghana has announced its full support for the new ECO currency that will replace the CFA Franc in 2020, and is urging other West African states to do the same. President Nana Akufo Addo, a champion of regional cooperation through the 15-nation ECOWAS organization and a common…

Ouattara, Macron announce the end of the CFA franc

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, speaking alongside his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, announced the reform of the long-disputed CFA franc on Saturday, a currency that is used in eight nations in West Africa. The agreement with France and the Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA), which is currently led by Ouattara,…

Guinea Bissau: Vaz is voted out, now what happens?

In the West African nation of Guinea Bissau, incumbent President José Mário Vaz has lost this week’s presidential election, according to provisional results released Wednesday by the country’s National Election Commission. The results show that Domingos Simões Pereira , the African Independence Party of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) candidate, came…

Vaz reinstates PM amid concerns over a Guinea Bissau coup

As the nation of Guinea-Bissau moves toward the November 24 election, President José Mário Vaz has yielded to pressure from the West African regional organization ECOWAS – as well as concerns from the African Union – and reinstated his former prime minister amid growing political unrest. Vaz met with a…

Opinion: Africa does not need a single currency

By Piotr Arak AT Contributor The process of increasing international trade in Africa and decreasing barriers that can foster growth resembles the goals and policies introduced successfully in Europe. This year Africa will take a big step towards tackling entrenched economic problems including a dearth of intra-regional trade as the…

ECOWAS set to hear Sierre Leone case on pregnant student ban

An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court will hold a hearing Thursday on Sierra Leone’s ban that prevents pregnant girls from attending school with their peers or sitting for their exams. Joining in the legal case on behalf of the affected girls is Amnesty International, which received permission…