ECOWAS Commission accredits eight envoys

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Eight envoys were accredited as their countries’ permanent representatives to the West African regional bloc ECOWAS during separate brief ceremonies presided over by Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo at the Commission’s headquarters in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Monday.

The envoys, all concurrently accredited to Nigeria, include Ambassadors Amadou Ndiaye of Senegal, Joao Andre Pinto Dias Lima of Brazil, Ashraf Abdelkadeler Salama of Egypt, Tagelsir Mahgoub Ali of Sudan, Jaao Gomes Cardoso of Guinea Bissau and Nikolay N. Udovichenko of the Russian Federation.

Also accredited were the High Commissioners of South Africa and Australia, Louis Lulu Aaron Mnguni and Jonathan Richardson, respectively.

President Ouedraogo congratulated the envoys and expressed the hope that their tenure will see the development of new initiatives for the strengthening of the excellent relations with their countries.

While receiving the Letters of the Brazilian envoy, the President called for the country’s participation in developing West Africa’s infrastructure and air transport sectors, taking advantage of the opportunities in these important areas to stimulate the region’s economy.

He praised Brazil for supporting the region’s position on cotton. Two ECOWAS member countries, Burkina Faso and Mali, are among the top cotton producers in Africa but their exports have been adversely affected by subsidy provided by developed countries to their
local industries, with the attendant negative impact on the economies of African producers.

President Ouédraogo requested South Africa’s High Commissioner to convey the Commission’s best wishes to the country’s ailing former President and international icon Nelson Mandela.

He also expressed the region’s interest to benefit from the country’s experience in the development of infrastructure and industrialisation.

The President commended Australia for its support to the region during the small arms treaty negotiations and its contribution to the restoration of peace in Mali. He also solicited regional support in mining for which the country is well advanced.

Accrediting the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, the President praised the country for its support and solidarity with the region at the UN Security Council on the Mali crisis, which contributed to stabilising the situation in that country, as well as bilateral support to the country.
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23 july 2013 10:37:10

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