Ghana hosts mid-year statutory meetings of ECOWAS

Mali will not be part of the ECOWAS mid-year statutory meetings being held in Accra because it has been suspended

Ghana will from Tuesday 15 June to Saturday 19 June 2021 host the mid-year statutory meetings of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey who announced this at a press conference in Accra on Monday 14 June 2021, said the meetings will be held for five days continuously.

Providing details on the schedule for the meetings, the minister said the 46th Ordinary Meeting of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council at the Ministerial Level will be held on Tuesday 15 June 2021 followed by the 86th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers from 16 to 17 June 2021 then the 59th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government will take place on Saturday 19 June 2021,

Botchwey said: “The sessions being held this week follow the 29th Ordinary Session of the Administration and Finance Committee, whose outcomes will inform the work of the Council of Ministers. The Administration and Finance Committee is made up of experts from the ministries of foreign affairs and finance of ECOWAS member states, who met at the Alisa Hotel from 8 to 12 June, 2021.”

“In line with the practice of ECOWAS, the sessions this week will deliberate on important regional matters germane to our community, including recent political and security developments that have threatened the peace and stability in our region,” she added.

The agenda for the sessions, she said, will focus on the progress of ECOWAS institutional reforms; ECOWAS Vision 2050; the Status of Tasks assigned by the 85th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers; the ECOWAS African Research and Innovation Forum (FARI); as well as the Humanitarian situation in our region, among others.

It is expected that all Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, with the exception of Mali, will participate in the summit with the president, vice-president and support staff of the commission already in Accra ahead of the meetings.

Other guests include the former president of Nigeria and ECOWAS special envoy and mediator for Mali, Goodluck Jonathan.

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