Chambas Meets ECOWAS Ambassadors

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of ECOWAS, Mohammed Chambas, is to meet regularly with ECOWAS Ambassadors accredited to Nigeria, to involve the envoys in the implementation of ECOWAS programmes.
The decision for a regular meeting was reached in Abuja Wednesday after a meeting between Chambas, who assumed office earlier this month, and the Ambassadors.
In his dialogue with the Ambassadors, Chambas expressed his readiness to exercise the mandate from the 15-nation Community leaders to achieve peace, stability and economic development through the integration of the sub-region.
He laid emphasis on the fast-track approach adopted by the organisation in 1999, the creation of the second monetary zone, the adoption of a Common External Tariff and the implementation of the Trade Liberalisation Scheme.
Chambas also mentioned the infrastructure and energy projects being pursued by the organisation, as well as the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), as areas of priority attention.
But he said all the projects could only be achieved in a peaceful environment, hence the need to further stabilise the sub-region.
The Ambassadors congratulated Chambas on his appointment, wished him success and pledged their support for him.
The Ghanaian replaced Guinean diplomat Lansana Kouyate, who bowed out in December after four years at the ECOWAS top post.

21 february 2002 15:34:00

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