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ECOWAS Outlines Achievements To Mark 40th Anniversary
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President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo



ECOWAS Outlines Achievements To Mark 40th Anniversary
By Ballah M. Kollie, LINA

MONROVIA, May 29 (LINA) – The President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, says West Africans are legitimately proud of the attainment of a common region where there is high level of respect for cultural diversity among member states.

He said attaining this milestone in the history of the commission paves the way for its 300 million citizens, most of whom are under 25, to move and reside freely from one country to another in the region.

The statement was contained in a message he issued Thursday on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of ECOWAS.

President Ouedraogo cited the realization of greater entrenchment of democratic culture, enhancement of efficiency in conflict and crisis prevention and resolution, acceleration and implementation of sectarian programs for wealth creation as some of the achievements of the commission over the years.

He also cited the implementation of the common external tariff, commencement of the Abidjan-Lagos highway project under the regional infrastructure development program, resolute march towards the creation of a single currency by 2020 and capacity for organizing an efficient regional response against challenges as well as adoption of a single biometric identity card as added achievements.

The ECOWAS Commission President, however, stressed the need for citizens not to lose sight of “lots of challenges ahead which when resolved will make ECOWAS people a living reality of dreams.”

He wants participating member states in the regional integration process not to be afraid to highlight shortcomings and delays in implementing the commission’s protocols and directives.

The ECOWAS official hoped that citizens of the community will be indulgent, bearing in mind that building a borderless region which is at the same time an area of peace with respect for human rights and equal opportunities, is an ever-evolving project.

He challenged women to get more actively involved in the commission’s regional integration agenda as this year is declared the year of gender equality and women empowerment.

As part of ceremonies marking the anniversary of the 15 member West African regional body on Thursday, May 28, the Commission’s flag was hoisted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.

The West African regional body was founded on May 28, 1975.



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