The Special Representative of the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] in Liberia has commended the chairperson of ECOWAS President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her positive leadership in the region and stressed that it is about time to support ECOWAS’ activities in the entire West Africa.
Mr. Baba Batunda said free movement of people, promotion of goods and services, among others, are the main objectives of ECOWAS.
He disclosed plans to embark on an exercise to promote free movement of people along the Ganta-Guinea border in Nimba, which he said is intended to kick of the process between the two countries.
Ambassador Batunda said free movement could be achieved thru connection of roads in the region.
Also speaking, Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning, BoimaS.Kamara, reiterated Government of Liberia’s support to ECOWAS activities.
According to Minister Kamara, the importance of increasing awareness across Liberia, particularly at strategic points linking the country to key border towns in Guinea, Cote d’lvoire and Sierra Leone could not be overemphasized, given their strategic locations.
He noted that ECOWAS citizens residing within the borders of Liberia are not fully informed about the benefits, challenges and prospects of various ECOWAS activities.
Minister Kamara told the gathering that the current process is a first step toward achieving the objective, and that technical working group thru legislative engagement ensured the passage and ratification of 32 longstanding ECOWAS Protocols.
He noted that regional resource development, peace and security, governance, economic and monetary integration and private sector are among the goals of ECOWAS.
Also speaking at the celebration in Ganta, Nigeria Ambassador to Liberia Mohammed Tarhi welcomed the promotion of free movement of people, goods and services.
Ambassador Tarhi told reporters that it requires the efforts of ECOWAS countries to achieve this, adding that if roads are built, they will help to carry on the process.
Written by Franklin Doloquee, Nimba -Editing by Jonathan Browne