Commission President meets ECOWAS Ambassadors in Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo Monday met with Ambassadors of ECOWAS member states in Liberia, telling them that in addition to peace and security, the new leadership at the Commission also places high priority on regional economic development, food security, as well as human capital and infrastructural development.

The Commission President also listed other priorities to include institutional capacity building and reforms to make the Community institutions function more efficiently and effectively, rigorous implementation of the free movement protocol, easing of air transportation difficulties in the region, and bringing the organisation closer to the grassroots through Vision 2020 of an ECOWAS of people.

“Peace and security is crucial, but at the same time we cannot talk about economic development where there is no free movement of people, goods and services,” President Ouedraogo affirmed, stressing the need to develop and harness the region’s vast human resources through effective training and establishment of Centres of Excellence to drive economic and development.

He equally highlighted efforts being made to establish a Common External Tariff by 2013 and the need to conclude a comprehensive and mutually-beneficial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union.

The President also briefed the envoys on the progress in regional efforts to restore peace in Mali and Guinea-Bissau, successful elections in Sierra Leone and Ghana, and support to countries planning elections in the region.

The Dean of the ECOWAS Diplomatic Corps in Liberia, Guinea’s Ambassador Abdoulaye Dole, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the ECOWAS chief for updating them on developments in the region and pledged their individual and collective support to the
Commission towards the realization of its objectives of regional integration.

The Ivorian Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Kapieletien Soro, expressed his gratitude to the President and the Commission for the humanitarian assistance extended to Ivorian refugees in Liberia.

Other Ambassador at the meeting were Marie Jilo Barnett of Sierra Leone and Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie of Nigeria.
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18 december 2012 11:01:38

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