Posted by: APO | 21 June 2008

Rising cost of food and oil for discussion at the 23rd June 2008 mid-year summit of ECOWAS leaders

Rising cost of food and oil for discussion at the 23rd June 2008 mid-year summit of ECOWAS leaders

ABUJA, Nigeria , June 21, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The impact on the economies of Member States of the rising global oil prices and the soaring cost of basic food items are among the issues that will dominate the agenda of the mid-year Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government scheduled for Monday, 23rd June 2008 in Abuja.

 

The 34th Summit will consider the reports and recommendations of the 6th May extraordinary meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture, Finance and Trade on the twin challenges.

 

The one-day Summit will also consider the report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, that will reflect the status of implementation of regional programmes, particularly those on the free movement of persons and goods, right of establishment and residence.

 

It will also contain the status of the process for the creation of a common market in the region.

 

The President’s report will also indicate the status of the negotiation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), an agreement for the creation of a free trade area between West Africa and the European Union.

 

The Heads of State and Government will also discuss the security situation in West Africa and efforts to consolidate democratic governance in the region. Elections are scheduled to hold in five of the Member States this year – Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone.

 

In addition, they will consider the report of the 60th Session of the Council of Ministers, an ECOWAS organ comprising Ministers responsible for ECOWAS matters in Member States.

 

The Summit will also decide on the venue and date for its next meeting that will elect a new Chairman for the Authority.

 

SOURCE : Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)


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