Tag Archives: ECOWAS

West Africa edges towards harmonised roaming services

1 Jun

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), West African Telecommunication Regulations (WATRA) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are actively pursuing plans to eventually establish free roaming services. Continue reading

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Africa urges support for improved regulation of e-commerce

25 Apr

Africa supports the need for a global framework to protect privacy and foster international trade through e-commerce, particularly in developing countries as the online form of trade grows, says ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Commission rep at the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) e-commerce week held this month in Geneva. Continue reading

As African Standby Force become operational in two months

9 Nov

What is the African Standby Force (ASF)?

It is a multi-disciplinary, continental peacekeeping force comprised of military, police and civilian components, which are on standby in their regions of origin and available to the African Union for deployment in times of crisis.
The ASF has been in development since May 2003, when the AU adopted the Policy Framework for the Establishment of the African Standby Force and the Military Staff Committee.

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An ECOWAS military force to fight Boko Haram?

16 Jan

President-John-Mahama (Pic by GhanaLive)

Could it be that the incomparable reactions that sprung following the Charlie Hebdo killings that has forced West African leaders to table an idea to create a military force to fight Nigeria‘s Boko Haram Islamist militants? Continue reading

West Africa: Ebola now, integration later (2)

13 Dec

“Did they hate Nigerians that much? How could someone have brought the disease to Nigeria to inflict us?” “Foolish Nigerians! Did Liberians create the disease?” “Whoever is caught entering Nigeria with the disease should be injected to die instantly…”

Continued from https://oluseguntoday.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/west-africa-ebola-now-integration-later-1-2/) Since all regional flights to and from Sierra Leone serving other West African states had been suspended, my only option would have been to fly SN Brussels from Sierra Leone to Belgium then back to Cote d’Ivoire. Insane, isn’t it? Continue reading

Ebola, ECOWAS, and flight bans

2 Nov

Still on the Ebola Virus Disease, a friend in Freetown got his ‪visa‬ mid August to undertake short media training in the ‪US‬. He was shocked when the airline asked him to pay how much? $4,400 for a return trip ticket between Freetown and Miami. Continue reading

The Hypocritical State of West Africa’s Unification

25 Jun

Over 200 million people live in West Africa. Majority of the 16 states that comprise the region believe in the notion that there should be integration. But civil unrest and the fight against corruption have been militating against the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the regional body established specifically for the achievement of this objective. Since inception in 1975, ECOWAS has done so much to effect the needed change but this has not translated into the desired assimilation. Continue reading

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