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Reforming ECOWAS is key priority …Pres. Sirleaf

Dispatch/Benjamin S. Taingay
Pres. Sirleaf (left) & ECOWAS Commission Pres., Kadre Ouedraogo, (right) shake hands
Pres. Sirleaf (left) & ECOWAS Commission Pres., Kadre Ouedraogo, (right) shake hands

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says as the Chairperson of ECOWAS, one of her key priorities is to reform the regional body.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said such reform will be in line with a decision by the Authority of Heads of State and Government.
She is therefore appealing that all efforts and resources be deployed towards the achievement of ECOWAS Vision 2020.

The ECOWAS Vision 2020 is focused on creating a borderless, peaceful, prosperous and cohesive region, built on good governance.

According to a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, the Liberian Leader made the remarks when she addressed and opened the Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament.

The President performed the ceremony Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Speaking in a video message, the President said: “The decision by the Authority of Heads of State and Government to reform ECOWAS is one of the key priorities on my agenda and I will need your full support.”

President Sirleaf was unanimously elected as the first female Chairperson of ECOWAS in June 2016 in the Senegalese Capital, Dakar.

The ECOWAS Parliament’s Second Ordinary Session will run from September 22 through October 7, 2016.

The dispatch quotes President Johnson-Sirleaf as also saying: The priorities I have set for my tenure are in line with the Parliament’s work plan.”

“The several challenges the West African region is being faced with can all be turned into opportunities, if the West African Community conjugates its efforts and harnesses the collaboration needed to achieve its objectives,” President Sirleaf told the regional parliamentarians.

“Regional capacity building, trade liberalization, and the conclusion of negotiations for the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), as well as the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) all need urgent attention”, she also noted.

The Liberian Leader then reminded the regional parliamentarians that one of the founding aspirations of ECOWAS was to create a community of people, rather than a community of states.



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