Nigeria: Donors' conference for Guinea-Bissau holds in Brussels early 2015

Abuja, NIgeria (PANA) - An international donors' conference to mobilise funds for Guinea-BIssau will be held in Brussels, Belgium, early in 2015, according to ECOWAS Council of MInisters' Chair Hanna Serwaa Teteh.

Teteh announced the plan to hold the donors' conference at the opening of the ongoing 73rd session of the Council at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters in the NIgerian capital, Abuja, Tuesday.

He said the funds to be mobilised from the conference would complement the efforts of ECOWAS in that country.

In April 2014, Guinea-Bissau successfully organised presidential and legislative elections that paved the way for the return to constitutional order in the West African nation of 1.6 million people, following a coup in 2012.

PANA recalls that the presidential election was won by Jose Mario Vaz, a former Finance Minister.

No elected leader in Guinea-Bissau has served a full term since independence 40 years ago, hence the current efforts to ensure the full restoration of stability to the country.

As part of the efforts, the International Contact Group in Guinea-Bissau, which met in New York, US, 18 Nov. 2014, called for the extension of the mandate of ECOWAS Mission in Guinea-Bissau (ECOMIB).

Teteh expressed the hope that the Council will also recommend the mission's mandate extension to West African leaders due to meet in Abuja this weekend for their approval.
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10 december 2014 13:27:08




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