Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo has been elected the new chairman of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS).
Akufo-Addo, who takes over from president Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, outlined in his acceptance speech the challenges thatWest Africa is facing and the progress made so far to drive the agenda of regional integration.
“Past leaders of ECOWAS have demonstrated their collective will and determination to drive the agenda of regional integration, opening up our economic frontiers, encouraging healthy competition amongst Member States, and ensuring that we adhere to our formative principles,” he said.
The Ghanaian president said that the people needed to protect, at all costs, the groups freedom and independence of action, so that the development of the community responds to the needs and aspirations of the people, and not to the goals of external agencies and forces.
His appointment took place at the 57th summit hosted by Mr Issoufou.
The summit was attended by leaders within and outside the region with matters on the 44th Ordinary Session of the Mediation and Security Council and the 84th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Minister’s on the agenda.
The leaders also discussed matters concerning the Covid-19 crisis in the sub-region and the proposed single currency regime for ECOWAS
Established in 1975, ECOWAS is a 15-member regional group for promoting economic integration in all fields of activity of the members.