Gambia eyes ECOWAS Presidency

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambia is putting up a candidate for the presidency of the sub-regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Wednesday by Mrs Amie Bojang-Sissoho, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Office of Gambian Presidency. She did not disclose the name of the candidate.

“The Gambia is putting forth a candidate for the presidency of the ECOWAS Commission. This is the first time that the country is seeking the leadership of the Commission.

“It is a rotational position in the regional organisation. The current ECOWAS Commission President, Mr. Marcel de Souza, is from Bénin Republic, and his term expires in February 2018,” the statement added.

The position has previously been held by Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Meanwhile, President Barrow and his cabinet ministers have discussed the ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, based on a submission from the Ministry of Defence.

Cluster munitions are designed to destroy runways or electric power transmission lines, disperse chemical or biological weapons, or to scatter land mines.

The Gambia is among the 108 countries that have signed the treaty, which came into force in 2010. By ratifying the convention, The Gambia will commit to non-use, transfer and stockpiling of bombs.
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22 november 2017 12:43:18

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