The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been elected Chairman of the Authority of Heads of Disclose and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on the 57th ECOWAS Summit held in Niamey, Niger, on Monday, seventh September 2020.
The President, who changed into as soon as elected unanimously by his peers, takes over the mantle of management from the President of Niger, His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, for a duration of one 300 and sixty five days.
Following within the footsteps of his predecessors, their Excellencies Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, and John Dramani Mahama, who indulge in loved, in times past, a identical privilege, President Akufo-Addo thanked the Assembly for the honour, and assured that he’s going to make his utmost no longer to let the aspect down, and discharge his responsibilities to the absolute most practical of his talents.
“Excellencies, I’m entirely responsive to the challenges which confront West Africa. Previous leaders of ECOWAS indulge in demonstrated their collective will and resolution to pressure the agenda of regional integration, opening up our economic frontiers, encouraging wholesome competitors amongst Member States, and guaranteeing that we adhere to our formative tips,” he acknowledged.
The President continued, “As mighty as appreciable development has been made since the establishment of ECOWAS, some forty-five (45) years within the past, we’re all agreed that there’s plan more to be accomplished to consolidate the socio-economic and political beneficial properties made over the years.”
In his remarks, President Akufo-Addo renowned that five quick challenges face the regional group of ECOWAS, for which Member States must address.
These, he acknowledged, are the persevering with activities of terrorists within the Spot concentrated, for the time being, within the Sahelian dwelling, keen Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and the northern system of Nigeria; the the COVID-19 pandemic, which has attacked the populations and economies of every Member States; the forthcoming coming into pressure of the African Continental Free Alternate Dwelling on 1st January 2021; the 2020 resolution on financial union within the ECOWAS situation; and the consolidation of democratic governance within the turbulent prerequisites of the Community.
“The challenges, in these serious regional spheres, equivalent to security, economic system, trade, forex and health, must always be addressed in a spirit of genuine co-operation and team spirit, if we’re to keep overcoming them, which we can. In so doing, we must protect, the least bit costs, our freedom and independence of motion, in impart that the pattern of our Community responds to the needs and aspirations of our peoples, and no longer to the targets of external businesses and forces. I’m assured that, by the grace of God, I will rely on the unstinting abet of every of Your Excellencies in navigating the quick plan forward for our Community,” he added.
The President entreated his fellow Heads of Disclose to recognise that the plan ahead is to implement regional decisions, equivalent to the ECOWAS Alternate Liberalisation Arrangement, recognising that, finally, the advantages are in all individuals’s hobby.