ECOWAS The leaders called on the international community to support the sanctions imposed on Guinea and Mali in order to promote peace, security and stability in the region.
West African leaders made the call in their statement following the 60th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Assembly of Heads of State and Government, held Sunday in Abuja.
The authority also reaffirmed its commitment to promote peace, security and democracy in the region as a precondition for the economic integration and development of the region.
He reiterated his deep concerns about the transition processes in Guinea and Mali, noting the absence of clear indicators leading to the restoration of constitutional order in accordance with the authority’s decision.
However, he welcomed the recent decision by the transitional authorities in Guinea to allow former President Alfa Conte to return home.
Regarding Mali, the authority took note of the official communication of December 9 from the Malian authorities according to which the election calendar would be transmitted on January 31, 2022.
Regarding the security situation in the sub-region, the authority expressed concern at the deterioration of the security situation in the Sahel, affirming that it was characterized by the recurrence of terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and in Nigeria and the expansion of attacks in coastal countries.
It therefore reaffirmed its determination to fight relentlessly against terrorism.
âTo this end, the Authority welcomes the recent conduct by some Member States of joint operations along the borders of front-line countries and requested the Commission to provide support for the planning and conduct of such operations within the framework of the implementation of the 2020-2024 Convention. Plan of action to eradicate terrorism in the region. ”
Regarding the creation of a monetary union, the authority noted the state of macroeconomic convergence within ECOWAS in the first half of 2021.
The authority also welcomed the reopening of the land borders of ECOWAS for the free movement of people.
The summit also hosted the ECOWAS Regional Public-Private Partnership (PPP) which would provide the platform to raise alternative and innovative financing for regional projects.
He also noted a harmonized regional road safety policy, an action plan, a monitoring and evaluation framework and a regional road safety charter to guide the coordinated and harmonized improvement of safety in the ECOWAS region.
The summit adopted the ECOWAS Vision 2050 as well as the participatory process which presided over the development of the vision.
The vision aims to create “a fully integrated community of people in a peaceful and prosperous region with strong institutions that respect fundamental freedoms and work for understood and sustainable development.
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