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ECOWAS embraces post-Ebola reconstruction of member states

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( 22, 2015)-ECOWAS member states have embraced efforts to launch and successfully complete the post-Ebola economic reconstruction of affected member states.

This was contained in a 10-page communiqué signed by the Heads of State of ECOWAS at the close of the recent 47th Ordinary Session of the Community in Accra, Ghana.

In the communiqué, the Authority reaffirmed its support for economic recovery plans,  prepared by the three Ebola-affected countries, including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

It also welcomed the relevance of the plans focused primarily on the resumption of essential and welfare services, economic infrastructure, and food security.

The Authority called on the international community and all ECOWAS development partners to support the three countries’ economic recovery efforts, according to the communiqué.

It said as an exemplification of support to the affected countries’ economic recovery efforts, the Authority decided to write-off the debt of US$20-million of the Republic of Guinea, arising from a loan for the development of its energy sector.

The communiqué further noted that the Summit welcomed the declaration of the end of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and commended President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the exemplary way she led the country throughout the Ebola crisis.

ECOWAS also commended the determined steps taken by Guinea and Sierra Leone to significantly contain the spread of the epidemic and hoped that the two member states will ultimately eradicate the disease.

“This positive trend, notwithstanding, the Authority underscored the need to maintain a high level of vigilance,” the communiqué concluded.


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