Panafrican News Agency

Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo elected ECOWAS Chairman

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was on Monday elected new chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Niamey, Niger, an official statement said in Accra.

He takes over from Nigerien President Issoufou Mahamadou, who was elected during the 55th ordinary session of ECOWAS leaders.

The statement on the Information Ministry’s official Twitter handle read: “President Nana Akufo-Addo has just been elected as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the ongoing 57th ECOWAS Summit, which is being held in Niamey, capital of Niger.”

The meeting discussed among other issues the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in West Africa, the ECOWAS single currency programme and the political impasse in Mali.

President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, Governor of the Bank of Ghana Dr. Ernest Addison, and officials of the presidency and the Foreign ministry.

-0- PANA RA/MA 8Sept2020