IMANI: Ghana's Anti-ECOWAS Foreigner Trading Policy is Incoherent

Last month, the Government of Ghana was expected to begin a rigorous enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Act of 1994 through an "inter-Agency Taskforce".

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Ghana’s 2011 Non-Traditional Exports hit $2.4 billion

Ghana Cedi/Photo/ReutersGhana's Non-Traditional Exports (NTEs) raked in $2.423 billion in 2011 representing an increase of almost 50 percent.

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's Military mosaic and political perdition

Soldiers dominate Bamako's political scene but they are no match for the secessionist rebels in the north

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Guniea-Bissau: ECOWAS, coup plotters and drug kingpins

experts argue that the April coup that set the country back was drug-related/Photo/ReutersThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has deployed the last batch of a 600-strong regional military force mandated to restore stability in Guinea-Bissau following the April coup that destabilised the West African nation.

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s and Militant tendencies

Photo/ReutersDiplomats and mediators working along the band of conflict from Nouakchott to Mogadishu face an intense few months of diplomacy. Regional organisations are trying to tackle what they call a transmission belt of jihadism and secessionism across the Sahel.

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Work for the peace party

Few wars are reported as badly as those in Africa. Laziness, stereotyping and misinformation all feed into a medley of calumnies that blame weak journalism on harsh conditions and poor communications.

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WB fund for West African agriculture technologies approved

Map of West AfricaThe World Bank has approved a $120 million facility to finance the second phase of the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme expected to improve food production.

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Every Ivorian must have a dream, and a common future

President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d'Ivoire/Photo/Vincent Fournier for TARIn power since April 2011, President Alassane Ouattara faces a raft of problems that will occupy his first term in office: establishing security, putting the country on the

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Mali: A second coup in the backdrop of a secession war

Mali's Junta says it has defeated the Red Berets and averted a coup/Photo/ReutersMalian military said it had defeated a counter-coup by forces known as the Red Beret in an all-night stand-off that left 14 dead.

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Mali: Sanogo No Go!

Military keeps a tight grip on transition/Photo/HAROUNA TRAORE/AP/SIPAThe March coup ended with the return of civilian rule by a transitional government, but the coup leaders may not vanish into the background and the government may

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Guinea-Bissau: Coup leaders defy international condemnation

Coup leaders in Guinea Bissau have shut down all air and sea access/Photo/ReutersUnited Nations and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have condemned Guinea –Bissau coup leaders' plans to set up a national transitional government.

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Ghana & Togo in water deal

Ghana and Togo have signed a joint agreement to draw water from the West African country's Volta River to supply the Togolese capital Lome.

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After Libya, the Sahel catches fire in Mali

Tuareg rebel fighters from northern Mali say they are not interested in the southern part of the country/Photo/ReutersMali's army seemed to throw everything it had at the garrison town of Tessalit, close to the Algerian border, in late February.

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Mali's junta caught between a rock and a hard place

Junta leader, Sanogo has reinstated the 1992 constitution and promised to hold elections/Photo/ReutersAs the international community puts pressure on Mali's military junta leader, Amadou Sanogo to return the West African nation to a democracy, the northern secessionist Tuareg rebellion is gaining ground and control.

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ECOWAS plans Mali military intervention

French ambassador to Mali said he had made contact with the President Amadou Toumani Toure/Photo/ReutersThe West African regional group (ECOWAS) is mulling a military intervention in Mali following last week's coup against President Amadou Toure's government.

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ECOWAS lagging behind SADC, EAC, COMESA in integration

Vice President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama/Photo/All Rights ReservedGhana's Vice President John Dramani Mahama has urged leaders of the Ecowas sub-region to demonstrate more commitment towards the integration effort in order to make the region globally competitive.

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Dissuading Senegal's Wade: Is ex-Nigerian President Obasanjo the right person?

Olusegun Obansanjo and Abdoulaye WadeSenegalese opposition leaders have asked former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on an election observation mission in Senegal, to dissuade 85-year-old leader, Abdoulaye Wade from seeking a third term.

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ECOWAS brushes aside Boko Haram criticism

Map of West AfricaThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commission has dismissed accusations that it has failed to maintain regional stability in the face of escalating attacks by Nigeria's terrorist organisation Boko Haram.

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EPA for survival: Ghanaian farmers seek EU access

Pineapple and banana exporters in Ghana have attributed their continued survival to the signing of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with their government four years ago.

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Storm over Nigerian traders in Ghana

Between 2009 and 2010 the government closed downed several shops owned by Nigerians in the capital Accra/Photo/ReutersThe proliferation of foreign informal traders has sparked a storm in Ghana forcing the government to issue a statement promising a clampdown.

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