The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament has convened its Second Ordinary Session for the year 2023, with a focus on the 2024 Consolidated Community Budget, the state of regional democracy, and the radical shift in regional peace and security.
In his opening remarks, ECOWAS Parliament Speaker Sidie Tunis highlighted the importance of regional solidarity and cooperation in addressing the challenges faced by the region. He emphasized the need for strong democratic institutions, respect for human rights, and the rule of law to ensure security and development.
Tunis commended the people of Liberia for their commitment to democracy, following the recent successful presidential and legislative elections. He also congratulated Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai on his election as President of Liberia and extended warm congratulations to His Excellency President George Manneh Weah for graciously accepting the will of the people.
Expressing concern about the political situation in Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Niger, Tunis urged for more to be done to address the issues. He emphasized the need for ECOWAS to develop a new and ambitious mechanism for dealing with regional issues.
Tunis also acknowledged the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government for its strong leadership role in sustaining peace and security in the West African region. He expressed confidence that the region is on track to achieving its goal of becoming a model of regional cooperation and integration.
In conclusion, Tunis thanked the ECOWAS Commission, Vice President, Heads of Institutions and Agencies, Commissioners, and Staff for their collaboration in setting in motion the initiatives for the implementation of the ECOWAS Vision 2050. He also congratulated the newly appointed Acting Secretary-General, Mr. K. Bertin Some, and thanked the dedicated staff of the ECOWAS Parliament.
The Second Ordinary Session is expected to provide a platform for in-depth discussions and actions aimed at strengthening ECOWAS integration and development.