Efforts to enhance power of ECOWAS Parliament gather steam

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A road map that will ultimately result in the adoption of a Supplementary Act to enhance the powers of the ECOWAS Parliament has been adopted at a multi-disciplinary meeting of experts which ended in Accra, Ghana, at the weekend.

The week-long experts meeting examined a draft supplementary act proposed by the parliament.

The road map delineates various activities to be undertaken between April 2013 and the last quarter of this year, when the draft supplementary act is expected to be submitted to Heads of State and Government for their approval.

In the intervening period, various internal meetings of Community Institutions will be held among financial, human resources and legal experts to further fine tune the draft Act with regard to the distribution of functions and powers.

This will be followed by meetings of Statutory Technical Committees, the legal and judicial affairs committee and the administration and finance committee both constituted of experts from member states.

The ECOWAS Council of Ministers will then consider the document before submission to Heads of State and Government for approval.

The Accra meeting was attended by representatives of ECOWAS national units in member states, officials from the ministries of justice and ministries in charge of parliamentary relations in member states as well as officials of the ECOWAS Commission, the Parliament and consultants,
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29 april 2013 14:03:49

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