Ghana: ECOWAS ministers meet ahead of mid-year Summit

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence were meeting here Tuesday to discuss the political and security situation in the Region, including the post-transition reforms in Guinea Bissau, latest developments in Mali and the report of Experts on the establishment of National Early Warning Mechanisms.

According to the ECOWAS Commission, the meeting is being held under the auspices of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council.

The establishment of the national platforms by member states will enhance the regional mechanism and promote greater efficiency of the region’s early warning capability in confronting evolving peace and security threats.

The Commission said the proposal is the outcome of a pilot study conducted in three member states in 2011 to “understand the prospects and challenges of institutionalising a scheme through which national early warning data gathering and analysis can best be coordinated and harmonised to address current peace and security challenges”.

Presidents Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria will brief the one-day meeting on the latest developments in Guinea-Bissau, where successful legislative and presidential elections were held last May, paving the way for the inauguration of President Jose Mario Vaz on 23 June 2014.

Tuesday's meeting is preparatory to a two-day Summit to be hosted in the Ghanaian capital by ECOWAS Chairman and Ghana President John Dramani Mahama.

The mid-year Summit will consider a report on the Community’s main activities and projects over the first half of this year, to be presented by the ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouedraogo.

The leaders are also expected to discuss a recommendation for the introduction of biometric identity cards for all ECOWAS citizens and the abolition of residence permit requirements for all citizens within member states.

Other issues to be discussed include the current Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

In addition to the leaders of the 15 member states, the Presidents of three nations bordering the ECOWAS sub-region – Mauritania, Cameroon and Chad - the President of the African Union Commission and the Secretary-General of the United Nations are also expected to attend the Summit.
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08 juillet 2014 10:16:38

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