ECOWAS sets new standards for fuel, used vehicle imports

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…

Ouattara, Macron announce the end of the CFA franc

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…

Study: AfCFTA to bring biggest benefits to Central Africa

A study that looked at the potential regional impacts of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement suggests that it’s Central Africa that stands to gain the most from a unified African market of 1.3 billion consumers, and the easier movement of people and goods across borders. Research director…

Nigeria welcomes tobacco control measures

Nigeria will enact strict tobacco control provisions that have been tabled for four years, according to its ministry of health, which publicly announced provisions on Friday in conjunction with World No Tobacco Day and the World Health Organization. The country’s national assembly ratified the 2015 National Tobacco Control Act provisions…

UN Security Council set to visit as Guinea-Bissau campaigns begin

Ambassadors of the United Nations Security Council are in West Africa, visiting in Côte d’Ivoire before paying a critical visit to Guinea-Bissau ahead of the nation’s delayed elections. They’re expected to meet with President José Mário Vaz, Prime Minister Aristides Gomes, political party leaders and the country’s electoral commission, among…

ECOWAS keeps eye on Guinea Bissau, Togo political crises

ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, says it supports the decision to hold delayed parliamentary elections in Guinea Bissau but insists that President José Mário Vaz keep his fragile government as-is until the March 10 voting is complete. The country postponed elections in November and December, citing technical…

Togo’s opposition defies ban, vows to protest ahead of elections

Opposition leaders in Togo on Sunday confirmed their opposition to the planned December 20 legislative elections, and their resolve to continue protests after at least two people died in clashes on Saturday. Jean-Pierre Fabre and the Coalition of 14 (C14) political opposition accused the government of President Faure Gnassingbé of…

Togo opposition plans fresh round of Gnassingbé protests

Political opposition leaders in Togo plan to re-energize a campaign to end the long tenure of President Faure Gnassingbé, with six organizational rallies planned in Lomé neighborhoods this weekend and new street protests to begin next week. Leaders of the Coalition of 14, which formed last year in response to…