ECOWAS Ministers reject Gambian nominees

  Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has directed Gambia to re-submit a new set of three nominees for the position of Financial Controller at the community's secretariat in Abuja.
The decision was reached at the end of a two-day meeting of the Council in the Nigerian capital Tuesday.
The Ministers had refused to appoint any of the three nominees earlier interviewed for the position, allocated to the Gambia.
However, the Council ratified the appointment of Christian Narcisse Adovekande from Benin Republic as the President of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID).
The meeting also recommended that an ECOWAS Summit be held in Dakar 17 May on the role of the 15-nation Community within the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
The proposed meeting will produce an ECOWAS position on the continental economic initiative.
On the report of the consultant, Ernst and Young, that evaluated the 107 staffers of the secretariat, the meeting returned the report of the ad-hoc Ministerial Committee that reviewed the consultant's report, for a more comprehensive analysis on the workforce of the secretariat.
Meanwhile, an ECOWAS delegation led by Executive Secretary, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, will hold a three-day meeting with the European Union, the World Bank, the IMF and the ADB in Washington from Wednesday, to work out a strategy for furthering regional integration in West Africa.
Specifically, the meeting will discuss regional dimension of poverty reduction strategy, financial sector and monetary issues, as well as macro and trade reforms, relating to the status of preparation of the ECOWAS Customs Union.
Issues on the Customs Union will be addressed in collaboration with the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA), whose President, Moussa Toure, will lead a four-man delegation to the Washington meeting.

23 april 2002 16:45:00

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