Ghana hosts ECOWAS Summit today

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey– Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

Ghana will, from today, host the Mid-Year Statutory Meetings of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has actually revealed.

The conferences will consist of the 59th regular session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government arranged for June 19.

It will be preceded by the 46th regular conference of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council at the ministerial level and the 86th regular session of the ECOWAS council of ministers.

Ms Ayorkor Botchwey, who made the statement at a press rundown in Accra the other day, described that the conferences were being held following the effective conclusion of the 29th regular session of the Administration and Finance Committee (AFC) of ECOWAS, which was likewise kept in Accra.

The AFC is comprised of professionals from the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance of ECOWAS member states and the result of their session, which was hung on June 8-12, this year, will notify considerations at the session of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday and Thursday.

Participation

Ms Botchwey intimated that with the exception of Mali, which has actually been suspended from the sub-regional grouping, all Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS were anticipated to take part in the top.

“It is expected that all Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, with the exception of Mali, will participate in the summit,” she stated.

A previous President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator for Mali, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, will likewise take part in the top.

He is anticipated to provide a report on the present circumstance in Mali at the top.

Already, the Foreign Minister stated, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, the Vice-President, commissioners and support personnel had actually shown up in Accra ahead of the conferences.

Deliberations

In line with the practice of ECOWAS, Ms Botchwey stated, the sessions today would ponder on essential local matters germane to the neighborhood, consisting of current political and security advancements that threaten the peace and stability of the area.

She stated the program for the sessions would concentrate on the development of institutional reforms in ECOWAS, ECOWAS Vision 2050, the Status of Tasks appointed by the 85th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers, the ECOWAS African Research and Innovation Forum (FARI), in addition to the humanitarian circumstance in West Africa.

The Council of Ministers, Ms Botchwey suggested, would likewise think about and embrace a report of the activities of the ECOWAS Ministers of Trade and Industry and a report of the Ministerial Committee on Single Currency and a New Convergence Pact.

Also up for conversation would be the Regional Flood Risk Initiative Management Strategy and the Gender Strategy and Action Plan for Disaster Reduction, she stated.

Security circumstance

Ms Botchwey additional described that the considerations would likewise be on Ghana’s election to the UN Security Council and the expectation of its function and obligations as the agent of the sub-region.

“As you know, Ghana was the uncontested ECOWAS candidate to the Security Council. Our sessions this week will have significant inter-linkages with our role and responsibilities on the Security Council,” she stated.

She stated the style picked for Ghana’s term on the UN Security Council: “Enhancing Global Peace and Security for Sustainable and Inclusive Development”, showed the vision of ECOWAS to make sure a serene and durable environment for the financial wellness of all our individuals.

It is anticipated that the top will manage West African leaders the chance to additional talk about the reaction of ECOWAS to Mali’s 2nd coup which has actually triggered deep issues over stability in the unpredictable Sahel area.

Ms Botchwey even more suggested that a communique would be released at the end of procedures on the choices reached at the top.

Preparations

Ahead of the top, the Daily Graphic observed the other day that pavements along ritualistic streets in Accra were being enhanced with fresh coat of whitewash paint.

Also, flags of the numerous member nations had actually been raised along those streets.

Ghana hosts ECOWAS Summit today