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ECOWAS to appoint new chairman

ECOWAS to appoint new chairman

Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the Economic Community of West African States Commission (ECOWAS) H.E. Henry O. Macauley said the 16th February 2010 scheduled ECOWAS summit will see the appointment of a Chairman who will preside over the affairs of the Institution in 2010, consider the report of the Council of Ministers which took place in November 2009 in Abuja as well as the 2009 Annual Report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, which focuses on the activities of the Commission for 2009 and the challenges in implementing the various sectoral programmes. (Photo: H.E. Menry O Maccauley)

Allaying the fears of another postponement of the summit, H.E Henry O. Macauley said, in particular, the summit will focus on the performance of the West African during the period and 2009 work programme of the Institution, which is articulated around five priority areas.

The five priority areas include the completion of work on the creation of a customs union, negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), the development of Agricultural and Environmental policies as well as Peace and Security.

H.E. Henry O. Macauley said the Council of Ministers’ report includes recommendations to improve the efficacy of the various sectoral programmes, particularly in the areas of Health, Culture, the Judiciary, Telecommunications and ICT.

He said it also touches on the guidelines for the preparation of report on the ECOWAS multilateral surveillance mechanism relating to the ECOWAS monetary cooperation programme, whose main component is the creation of a single currency for the region.

High Commissioner Macauley said the regional leaders will also sign some supplementary acts and decisions to improve the areas of Telecommunications and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) as well as facilitate the creation of a regional copyright observatory.

The summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government which had seen some postponements in late 2009 and January this year will now take place on Tuesday, February 16th.

The chairmanship of the ECOWAS Commission is rotational on an annual basis.

The Federal Republic of Nigeria is the outgoing Chair of the ECOWAS Commission.

Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone High Commission, Abuja, Nigeria

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