Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 66th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers will be opened at the commission’s secretariat, Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, on Wednesday, 17 August, a press release issued by the commission said Tuesday.
High on the agenda of the two-day meeting is the presentation and consideration of the 2011 Interim Report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, James Victor Gbeho, which will highlight progress of the commission’s regional development and integration programmes.
The council will also endorse, among others, the reports of the meetings of the ECOWAS ministers in charge of security member states as well as that of the ministers of justice, both of which were held in Abuja in November 2009 and May 2011 respectively.
The council will also consider a proposal to improve the implementation of the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons, propose a draft agenda for the next Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government and consider the interim report of the Financial Controller for 2011.
Article 10 of the ECOWAS Treaty vests the council, which is made up of ministers responsible for ECOWAS affairs of member states, with responsibility for policy direction for the functioning and development of the commission and institutions of the community.
The council is also charged with making recommendations to the Authority of Heads of State and Government on any action aimed at attaining the objectives of the community.
It is also empowered to issue directives on matters of coordination and harmonization of the community’s economic integration policies.
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