Cape Verdean MPs to attend ECOWAS parliament

Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A delegation of Cape Verdean MPs is expected to leave Praia Friday for Abuja (Nigeria) to take part in the 4th ordinary session of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a reliable source said Thursday.
MP and delegation leader Atelano Fonseca told PANA that the debate on the 2003 budget would be at the centre of the proceedings of the community Parliament composed of 120 MPs representing the 15 ECOWAS member states.
Cape Verde joined the community parliament in 2001 but Praia only started to regularly take part in its proceedings in June, with the election of five MPs due to represent the country in that sub-regional structure.
ECOWAS Parliament was composed of MPs elected by the national assemblies of the respective member countries.
But each member country shall conduct a direct and secret poll starting from 2006, on which occasion the political parties would campaign for the election of their representatives in the ECOWAS Parliament.
Fonseca reaffirmed his country's commitment to working with the other members of the community for the creation of common institutions such as a Court of Justice, the West African Monetary Institute, the West African Development Bank and the ECOWAS Fund.
He also recalled that the community was currently developing several projects in the field of telecommunications, vocational training and road, maritime and air transportation.
The MP, who is among the secretaries of the ECOWAS Parliament Board, heralded the creation of a maritime transportation company called ECO-Marino which is due to start its activities in September, while an ECOWAS airline is expected to start operations on 1 January 2003.

29 august 2002 13:25:00

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