Ghana: ECOWAS leaders establish solidarity fund for Ebola

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African leaders, noting the continuous threat of the Ebola virus in the sub-region, on Thursday directed the establishment of a solidarity fund as part of efforts to contain and manage the disease which has killed nearly 500 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who ended their summit in Accra, said in a communique that they were directing the Commission, in liaison with the West African Health Organization (WAHO), to adopt a regional approach towards containing and managing the disease.

The Summit commended Nigeria’s contribution of US$3.5 million to the ECOWAS Pool Fund for Ebola.

The money will be disbursed as follows: US$1 million to Guinea, US$500,000 to Liberia, US$500,000 to Sierra Leone, US$500,000 to WAHO and US$1 million to the ECOWAS Pool Fund for Ebola.

The communique said the Summit appealed to other Member States as well as the International Community to contribute to the Fund.

On the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the leaders "decisively" approved it "taking due account of the technical concerns raised".

"Consequently, the Heads of State and Government instruct the West African Chief Negotiators to take all necessary steps to quickly start the process of signing and implementing the agreement."

The communique said the Summit encouraged them "to sustain their efforts, particularly by informing and raising awareness of the national and regional actors".

The summit thanked President Macky Sall of Senegal for "the decisive and highly political role he played in the successful conclusion of this development-oriented Agreement which reinforces the West African integration process".

The scheduled two-day summit ended after one day after the heads of state completed their work early.
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10 Julho 2014 21:23:22

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