Dr Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission, reaffirmed the bloc’s commitment to work together to ensure the development of the West African sub-region.
Speaking at the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Authority Summit in Accra, Dr Brou expressed his gratitude to the ECOWAS leaders for their efforts in favor of integration regional.
Dr Brou also expressed his gratitude to them for their support to all the ECOWAS Institutions in the accomplishment of their mission.
The Summit, which was officially opened by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, brings together the ECOWAS Member States, except Mali, due to of a military coup.
Mr. Brou paid special tribute to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, for his continued commitment and support in the implementation of major development projects. integration of ECOWAS.
On the political level, the President of the ECOWAS Commission indicated that the sub-region had just completed an electoral cycle with seven presidential elections and several legislative elections in 14 months, following the constitutional calendar of the member states concerned, thus strengthening their democratic gains.
However, he noted that the socio-political crisis in Mali remained worrying given the risks of instability for this country and the Region.
“It is therefore imperative that the decisions you took at the extraordinary summit in Accra on May 31, 2021 be implemented, in particular with regard to respecting the date of February 27, 2022 for the presidential elections”, a- he declared.
He said that under their instructions at the Extraordinary Summit on February 2, 2021, a draft institutional reform of ECOWAS would be submitted to the leadership of ECOWAS.
He said the reform was aimed at strengthening the efficiency of ECOWAS institutions and streamlining their operating costs.
Mr. Brou indicated that this project was examined during an extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers, whose conclusions will be presented to the leaders of ECOWAS.
He said that after a 1% drop in 2020, the sub-region is expected to return to positive economic growth in 2021, projected at 3.4%, the same level as the pre-COVID period.
He noted, however, that this growth was still unsatisfactory and would remain below the continent’s average.
“We must therefore continue to increase public and private investment in infrastructure and human capital,” he said.
To this end, the concrete implementation of the conclusions of the Paris Summit on the financing of African economies as well as of the G20 Initiative on the treatment of the debt beyond the suspension of the debt service was necessary. ’emergency.
He said that in terms of intra-regional trade, which had been strongly affected by border closures and COVID-19, he welcomed the reopening of borders between Nigeria and Benin and Niger, and between Guinea and Sierra Leone.
“We also welcome the signing this morning of an agreement to reopen the border between Senegal and Guinea,” Brou said.
âWe hope that a solution will be found on the closure of the border between Guinea, Senegal and Guinea Bissau.