ACCRA, GHANA-President George is calling for collaborative support from multilateral partners and joint ventures in the private sector to combat the continued negative impact of COVID-19.
President said:” It is only collaboration and a well-coordinated support the impact of COVID-19 on the economies of countries can be minimized.”
The Liberian Leader said that while he supports ECOWAS institutional reform, the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused decline in investment and growth in member states.
He urged partners to continue complementing regional efforts in responding to security and complex emergencies.
President Weah was speaking Saturday, June 19, 2021, when he addressed the 59th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State taking place in Accra, Ghana.
The statements made by President Weah followed a surge in COVID-19 cases, as there is a new variant for which the Liberian Government has reactivated the enforcement of health protocols.
At the same time, Liberia has endorsed a recommendation proffered by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, which calls for drastic reduction in expenditures and personnel, among others.
The Liberian Government also said that it supports the new reform processes that would decentralize the functions of ECOWAS institutions, and help them adopt a more business-like approach to services.
According to President George Weah, those recommendations will further create space for cost-savings and reduction in redundant and overlapping activities of community institutions.
President Weah then called for consensus building to structure and reform ECOWAS in an equitable manner to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, while affording Member States their respective representations in the institution of ECOWAS.
The Liberian Leader stressed that this new spirit of efficiency and effectiveness, coupled with solidarity, will help meet the new Vision 2050 in providing the desired services to positively impact the lives of all ECOWAS citizens.