EU to top ECOWAS summit agenda


A two-day ordinary meeting of Heads of State and Governments of the member countries of the Economic Community of West African ECOWAS PresidentStates (ECOWAS) will open on Friday in Yamoussoukro.

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Top on the summits agenda will be the bloc’s relation with the European Union and the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).

Charles Koffi Diby, the Senior Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs, said the summit would focus on the progress of the political situation in Mali and Guinea Bissau with a memorandum to be presented by the President of the ECOWAS Commission.

He said that the summit would also take a close look at the draft agreements, as well as reservations made by Nigeria following the meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Economic Partnership Agreements with the European Union held on 17 February in Dakar

According the Ivorian Senior Minister, the outcome of the meeting in Dakar was in line with the expectations of the Heads of State who insisted on the need for ECOWAS to own the negotiations with the European bloc on the economic partnership agreements.

Koffi-Diby said that the summit would be an opportunity for the countries of the region to consolidate their achievements and outline ways and means of addressing the new threats to the region’s stability including piracy, organised crime and terrorism. (PANA/NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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