ECOWAS hails Cape Verde as 'beacon of democracy'

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo has hailed Cape Verde as a beacon of hope for democracy, judging by its successive transparent, free and fair elections.

According to the Commission, President Ouedraogo made the commendation while exchanging views with Cape Verde's Minister of External Relations Jorge Borges in the nation’s capital, Praia.

He praised the country as an exemplar of economic development in the region and for its success in deploying information technology for citizen sensitisation and mobilisation.

The ECOWAS Commission President also used the opportunity of his first visit to Cape Verde, since his appointment last year, to brief the minister on the six priorities of the administration, including the maintenance of regional peace and security so as to create a conducive environment for development and also to remove the obstacles hindering the smooth implementation of the regional Protocol on Free Movement of Persons.

The ECOWAS chief also listed the improvement of regional infrastructure to boost investment in roads and energy in addition to addressing the challenges of the air transport sector as some of the other priorities of the administration.

The President, accompanied by three of the seven Commissioners of the institution, said the new management team is also tackling human resources development to equip the region’s teeming youth with the capacity to realise their full potentials, food security, institutional reform and capacity building.

Minister Borges praised the new management of the Commission for pursuing priorities which are strategic to the realisation of the Community's integration programme.

Also at his meeting with Cape Verde’s Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves, President Ouédraogo commended the country for its remarkable transformation since his last visit in the 90's.

President Ouedraogo also exchanged similar sentiments when he visited Cape Verde’s President Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, who in turn commended ECOWAS for its relentless effort to promote peace and security, as well as the integration of the regional economy.
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26 march 2013 08:25:09

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