President Akufo Addo on tomorrow Tuesday, September 15 will hold ECOWAS consultative meeting at Peduase in the Eastern Region.
The tomorrow consultative meeting will be the first official assignment of President Akufo-Addo after assuming the position of Chairman of the Commission recently.
Also the meeting aim at resolving the political crisis that happened in Republic of Mali on 18th August 2020.
Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway told the press over the weekends at Ministry of Information usual press briefing.
“You will recall that at the 57th Summit of the Authorities of ECOWAS Heads of States and Governments, Ghana was unanimously elected as Chair of ECOWAS authority for a period of 1 year.
“The election of Ghana places President Nana Akufo-Addo in the same shoes as his predecessors – Jerry John Rawlins, John Agyekum Kuffour and John Mahama who previously had taken on such enormous task.
“The Head of Authority is the supreme institution of the community and responsible for the general direction and control of the ECOWAS community.
“It takes appropriate measures to ensure the progressive development of a community and attend to its objectives. The authority takes actions on all matters of conflict prevention, management and resolution, peace keeping and security as covered by relevant protocols,” she added.
Find her full statement
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press
You will recall that at the 57th Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Ghana was unanimously elected as Chair of ECOWAS Authority for a period of one year.
The election of Ghana places President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo in the same shoes as his predecessors, the former Presidents of the Republic of Ghana – their Excellencies Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, and John Dramani Mahama, who previously had taken on such enormous task.
The ECOWAS Authority is the supreme institution of the Community and responsible for the general direction and control of the ECOWAS Community. It takes appropriate measures to ensure the progressive development of the Community and the attainment of its objectives. The Authority takes decisions on all matters of conflict prevention, management and resolution, peacekeeping and security as covered by relevant protocols, among others.
In accepting the Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, the President of the Republic highlighted the following five challenges that require urgent attention by the Community:
a. Insecurity and terrorism in the region;
b. The coming into effect of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement on 1st January, 2021;
c. The 2020 decision on Monetary Union within ECOWAS;
d. Consolidation of democratic governance in the region; and
e. Effects of COVID-19 on the economies of Member States.
A Policy Framework is being developed to give effect to a strategy that will ensure that the Community deals with these challenges, among others, effectively.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press
The security challenges in the region range from terrorism and violent extremism to insecurity at sea, political instability, election-related violence, drug and human trafficking, epidemics and pandemics which tend to cause instability in the region. Dealing with threats to human lives and property, democratic governance and increasing insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea and Lake Chad Basin- Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and the northern parts of Nigeria, are very crucial. There is no gainsaying that trade and economic development cannot thrive in an environment of insecurity, hence the need for the sustenance of regional peace and security, democracy and good governance, and the strengthening of co-operation among Member States.
The political crisis in Mali poses a major threat to the region if not dealt with appropriately. With a vast territory without effective governance and the operations of several splinter terrorist groups operating in the country, a deterioration of the Malian socio-political crisis poses a serious security threat to the region.
The country has come under three severe attacks since the military coup on 18th August 2020 with far-reaching ramifications on Burkina Faso and Niger. Reports indicate that while a number of people have been killed by the Jihadists, more than seven hundred (700) jihadist activities have been neutralised since the onset of the coup in mid-August. Such events should be considered a worrying sign for security and stability in the country and the region. The current situation in Mali may embolden the jihadists to undertake more attacks that will further cripple the country and destablise the region.
This is the reason why ECOWAS has deployed efforts to address the situation since it began in June 2020 and following the coup d’ etat that toppled the government of President Keita on 18th August, 2020 and his subsequent resignation and the dissolution of the National Assembly on 19th August 2020.
Since the onset of demonstrations in Mali, ECOWAS has carried out a number of mediation activities.
At the 57th Ordinary Summit of the E COWAS Authority held on 7th September, 2020 in Niamey, Niger, the Heads of State reaffirmed their determination to ensure that constitutional order is quickly restored in the country, with a political transition led by a civilian President and Prime Minister for twelve months. The Authority maintained all the decisions taken at its Extraordinary Summit of 28 August, 2020 and noted the ongoing consultations between the Malian stakeholders initiated by the National Council for the People’s Salvation (CNSP). The Authority also directed that the Head of Transitional Government and Prime Minister, both civilians, be appointed no later than 15 September, 2020.
The Consultative Meeting being convened by the Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on the Political Situation in Mali on 15th September, 2020 at Peduase is part of the mediation efforts of ECOWAS to return Mali to constitutional rule and to prevent the political situation from deteriorating further.
I thank you for your attention