The Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of States and Government, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has called on member-states to implement protocols that would facilitate integration in the sub-region.
Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf made the call via a video message at the opening of the second ordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja on Thursday.
She noted that protocols to enhance sub-regional development were slowly implemented by member-states.
She expressed concern that sub-regional trade was less than 13 per cent and that challenges existed in the free movement of goods and persons.
“We must all deploy all efforts and resources toward achieving the ECOWAS Vision 2020 of creating a borderless, peaceful, prosperous and cohesive region.
“We need a region built on good governance where our people have the capacity to access and harness these resources through the creation of opportunities for sustainable development and environmental preservation.
“As a community, we currently have several challenges that can all be turned to opportunities if we conjugate our efforts and harness the collaboration that is needed to achieve our objectives,” the chairperson said.
She commended the efforts of the ECOWAS Parliament in developing a four-year strategic plan for economic development and sub-regional integration.
SOURCES: Premium Times Online