The Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS) Parliament’s delocalized meeting of the joint committee on Political Affairs, Peace, Security and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) / Legal Affairs and Human Rights / Telecommunications and Information Technology (TIT) is being held in Winneba, Ghana, to among other things, familiarize members of the Joint Committee with the situation at hand.
The meeting which kicked off on 27 July and will continue until 31 July 2021, is expected to explore the application of the existing and on the horizon TIT that can facilitate the development in terms [of] finding lasting solutions to Roaming Issues, Peace, and Security and Fundamental Human Rights for the betterment of the ECOWAS region.
The meeting recognizes the potentially valuable role of TIT in the development of the ECOWAS Region particularly in areas of peace and security and fundamental human rights.
It leverages the reputation and convening powers of the Parliamentarians in public policy for the betterment of ECOWAS. At the end of the Joint Committee meeting, Members of the Joint Committee are expected to identify relevant intervention mechanisms allowing Parliament to make an efficient contribution in ensuring that recommendations are made to this effect to Parliament at its next session.
Also, the meeting is expected to ensure that Members of Parliament are more instilled with the progress and challenges through interactions with experts and stakeholders in all the relevant grey areas in all the identified discussion topics.
The discussion covers topics including the Role of TIT in Achieving Regional Peace and Security; the Impact of TIT on the Operations of Judicial Systems in Member States; the Influence of TIT on Elections in Member States; Regional Roaming Issues; Regional Cyber-privacy and Security; and the role of TIT in Enhancing Human Rights.
On the Role of TIT in Achieving Regional Peace and Security, the final Terms of Reference of the Meeting indicates that today the multilateral system finds itself at a crossroads, adding that violent extremism, humanitarian crises, and global pandemics are more pervasive than ever.
It notes that the current wave of technological change has created new opportunities for multilateral cooperation across a wide range of areas, including sustainable development, conflict prevention, humanitarian responses, peace operations, and state-society relations.
The Terms of Reference also indicate that the TIT sector plays an important role, notably by contributing to rapid technological progress and productivity growth.
It notes that organizations use TIT to organize transnational networks in response to international competition and the increasing need for strategic interaction.