Ghana has from June 15 started hosting theMid-Year Statutory Meetings of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra.
The meetings will include the 59th ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government slated for June 19.
The meeting will be preexisted by the 46th ordinary meeting of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council at the ministerial status and the 86th ordinary session of the ECOWAS council of ministers.
Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, who sounded this at a press briefing in Accra says, the meetings were being held following the successful completion of the 29th ordinary session of the Administration and Finance Committee (AFC AFC) of ECOWAS, which was also held in Accra.
The AFC is made up of experts from the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance of ECOWAS member sovereignties and the sequence of their session, which was held on June 8-12, this date, will inform thoughts at the session of the Council of Ministers on May 16 and 17 respectively.
Ms Botchwey expressed that with the exception of Mali, which has been suspended from the sub-regional grouping, all Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS were anticipated to partake in the apex including a former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator for Mali, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
The sessions would cogitate on important aboriginal matters related to the community, including recent political and security developments that hang the peace and stability of the region.
It would also center on the progress of institutional reforms in ECOWAS, ECOWAS Vision 2050, the Status of Tasks assigned by the 85th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers, the ECOWAS African Research and Innovation Forum (FARI), as well as the altruistic situation in West Africa.
The Council of Ministers, Ms Botchwey indicated, would also consider and borrow a report of the conditioning of the ECOWAS Ministers of Trade and Industry and a report of the Ministerial Committee on Single Currency and a New Convergence Pact.
Another discussion would be on the Regional Flood Risk Initiative Management Strategy and the Gender Strategy and Action Plan for Disaster Reduction.
Ms Botchwey further explained that the accounts would also be on Ghana’s election to the UN Security Council and the anticipation of its business and responsibilities as the representative of the sub-region.
The theme chosen for Ghana’s term on the UN Security Council is “ Enhancing Global Peace and Security for Sustainable and Inclusive Development ”
It’s anticipated that the summit will give West African leaders the break to further moot the response of ECOWAS to Mali’s original baby which has sparked deep houses over stability in the uncertain Sahel region.
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