Ecowas, UNEP partner with banks to accelerate adoption of ecofrideges in West Africa

WEST AFRICA – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional political and economic union of fifteen countries located in West Africa and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have partnered with local banks to accelerate the adoption of ecofridges. The partnership with the local banks led by Letshego Ghana will provide the necessary financial mechanism to ensure the fridges are affordable to a majority of the citizens in the ECOWAS region. To this end, local financial institutions aim to unlock US$5 million in financing to support the…

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Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo elected ECOWAS Chairman

WEST AFRICA – Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been elected Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).  The Ghanaian President, was elected unanimously by his peers at the recently concluded 57th ECOWAS Summit held in Niamey, Niger. President Akufo-Addo thanked the Assembly for the honour, and assured that he will do his utmost in discharge his duties to the best of his abilities. He noted that as much as considerable progress has been made since the…

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AfDB to support ECOWAS countries to bolster response on COVID-19

WEST AFRICA – The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors has approved US$22.4 million for emergency project in support of three, low-income ECOWAS nations, Gambia, Mali and Niger, to bolster their health systems in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Part of the funding, US$9.55 million, will provide screening tests, laboratory equipment, ventilators and personal protective equipment for medical personnel in the three countries.   The remaining US$12.83 million will be used to strengthen and integrate the health systems of Gambia, Mali and Niger to better address the pandemic. It will help to coordinate…

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World Bank approves US$273m financing to facilitate access of services in West Africa

WEST AFRICA – The World Bank has approved US$273 million in International Development Association (IDA) financing for Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger to facilitate access to services for millions of people, especially women and the poorest segments of society.   The West Africa Unique Identification for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI) Program will help build the foundational identification systems that are inclusive of all persons in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) territory, irrespective of nationality, citizenship or legal status.   The Program will help improve access…

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Planned Launch of central electricity grid control set to increase energy access in ECOWAS region

electricity linkage to 250MW by 2021

WEST AFRICA – The West African Power Pool (WAPP) has announced that a central control centre that will be used to manage and operate all electricity grids in West Africa shall begin operations by 2020. The Secretary-General, WAPP, Siengui Appollinaire, told journalists on the sidelines of the executive board meeting of the agency that there had been many remarkable feats by the group. “We are completing the control centre, which is the place where all the electricity grids of West Africa will be monitored and from where the electricity market…

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ECOWAS secures US$1.1b to improve regional standardization of goods and services

WEST AFRICA – The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has in September this year secured over US$1.1 billion in development assistance from the European Union. According to the EU the funds will be used to support the standardisation of goods and services produced in ECOWAS. It said the amount was specifically targeted at ensuring that goods produced within the sub-region met the global market standard, particularly for Europe and the Americas. The EU Project Manager for the West Africa Quality Systems programme, Mr Frank Okafor, revealed that the…

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ECOWAS to implement automotive industry policy to reduce vehicle import

GHANA – Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) is considering implementation of automotive industry policy to reduce importation of vehicles into the region. According to GNA report, the validation of ECOWAS Automotive Industry Policy Framework would enable member states countries to harmonise their automotive policies in order to optimise the benefit in the value chain of the industry. Ministers and Commissioners representing the various member states in Trade, Industry and Investment met in Accra, Ghana to discuss the implementation of the policy through regional harmonisation. The Ministerial Meeting on…

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