President Akufo-Addo to open ECOWAS Parliament in Winneba today

President Akufo-Addo.

President Akufo-Addo will today, October 13, 2021 officially open the Sub-regional High Level Interactive seminar at Winneba in the Central region.

The seminar will be followed by an Extraordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament from October 18 to 22 also in Winneba.

After the Seminar, President Akufo-Addo will inaugurate ten different developmental and beautification projects in the Effutu Constituency.

Speaking at the ECOWAS Parliament earlier, Deputy Majority Leader and Leader of Ghana’s delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, Alexander Afenyo-Markin said all is set for a smooth session of this year’s ECOWAS Parliament.

He explained that adequate security and accommodation arrangements have been completed.

Background

The ECOWAS Parliament, also known as the Community Parliament, is one of the Institutions of ECOWAS.

It is the Assembly of Peoples of the Community serving as a forum for dialogue, consultation and consensus for Representatives of the people of West Africa with the aim of promoting integration. It was established under Articles 6 and 13 of the ECOWAS Revised Treaty of 1993.

The initial Protocol establishing the Parliament was signed in Abuja on August 6, 1994. It provided for the Structure, Composition, Competence and other matters relating to the Parliament.

The Parliament is composed of one hundred and fifteen (115) seats. Each Member State shall have a guaranteed minimum of five (5) seats. The remaining forty (40) seats shall be shared on the basis of population.

Objectives and Vision

The need for a Community mechanism to forge greater ties with the citizens of the West African Community served as impetus towards the creation of the Community Parliament;

  • To strengthen representative democracy in the Community;
  • to contribute to the promotion of peace, security, and stability on the West African Region;
  • Inform and sensitize the population on issues of integration;
  • promote and defend principles of human rights, democracy, the rule of law, transparency, accountability and good governance;
  • Promote the practices of accountability;
  • Contribute to the efficient and effective implementation of objectives and policies of the Community among other objectives.

The founding fathers considered that this would sustain inspiration and legitimacy for actions the ECOWAS Community was taking on behalf of Community citizens.

It was believed this would be best achieved by allowing the Parliament to play the traditional role of a Parliament within the ECOWAS regional governance architecture.

This sentiment is also in consonance with the ECOWAS Vision 2020 of transiting from an ECOWAS of states to an ECOWAS of People.

ECOWAS Chairman is Ghana’s President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.

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