ECOWAS Council of Ministers holds 48th session in Dakar

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- ECOWAS Council of Ministers begins its 48th session in Dakar, Saturday ahead of the Organisation's 20-21 December 25th Summit in the Senegalese capital.
An ECOWAS statement said Friday the three-day Council meeting would examine the reports of the administration and finance Commission, the Board of Directors of the ECOWAS Fund, the Governors of the Central Banks and the convergence Council.
It will also consider the draft rules and regulations of the Community's Court of Justice.
Ministers from the 15-nation Community will equally discuss the outcome of the meetings to speed the regional integration process, the World Bank's relief strategy for Africa, as well the Health and Energy Ministers meeting, and the inter-departmental Committee for the monitoring and integrated management of the water resources.
Memoranda on the implementation of the Community taxes draft agreement, regional food security programme and partnership agreements will also be examined by the Council.
The Summit will elect a new chairman, to succeed President Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali, and an Executive Secretary to replace Guinea's Lansana Kouyate, who has held the post since 1997.
Candidates in the race for the post of Executive Secretary are Ghana's Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Albert Tevoedjre of Benin and Jeggan Senghor from the Gambia.
The Nigeria-based ECOWAS, formed in 1975 to foster economic integration, groups countries in West Africa, except Mauritania, which withdrew from the Organisation in 2000.

14 december 2001 23:08:00

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